We are all hoping for optimal health, vigor, vitality, and success in all our endeavors. Each year, month and day we hope that life in general will be better than the proceeding one. Now the question is: how do we move from merely wishing for a turn-around in our lives to actually manifesting it? A good starting point is to reflect on your life by asking the following questions:
Am I satisfied with my life at this point in time?
If not, where am I falling short?
Have I claimed the promises that God has given?
Am I ready to embark on the journey of reinventing myself?
Do I understand that the “make-over” requires big commitments on my part?
Let’s start by visualizing what our lives could really become. Many life coaches believe in order to overhaul one’s life, you must be able to see the finish line or end product. It is because of God’s Grace, we can confidently affirm with God all things are possible. It’s so liberating, to be able to wipe the slate clean at any point in time and prayerfully, purposefully reset the compass of our lives so that it is aligned with God’s will for us as Christians.
We will need to let go and let God show us how to reset the compass of our lives and do Goal Setting designed for success. Success in our Christian Walk translates into praying until something happens (P.U.S.H). Push ahead, inspite of all the distractions and deceptions, knowing that God is our project manager who never fails and delivers on His promises.
Let us begin by asking God’s Guidance as we reflect on our successes and failings over the past years. We can be guided by the eight critical pillars of wellbeing:
Critical Pillars of Wellbeing
Complete health is the state of being sound in body, mind or soul. Being healthy is being in a state of balance with all eight critical pillars.
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its Righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” Luke 12:31
To grow spiritually requires discipline, practice, fellowship, bible study, and reading inspirational books. Seek daily guidance in prayer and meditation on God’s words. For music lovers, build a collection of music which ministers to you.
“By his stripes we are healed”, Isaiah 53:5
Our body is the Temple for the Holy Spirit. In honoring this we should think carefully about what we eat, drink and do to our “body” temple. The golden rule is healthy eating, being physically active, no smoking, no harmful use of alcohol. Stress management and healthy sexual and reproductive practices are equally important. When our bodies are broken we can be made whole again.
“Be renew in the spirit of your mind”, Ephesians 4:23
Emotional intelligence defines how balanced and mature we are, or are becoming, in handling different situations and experiences. Anger, disappointments, betrayal, bereavement will always be a part of the human experience. Joy, happiness and success are blessings to be received with humility.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind” 1Timothy 1:7
An unexplained change in personality, habits, performance and how we interact with family, friends and colleagues could signal that there is a mental health issue. Seek help early without delay. It is a courageous person who will reach out for help.
And Abraham said to Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray you, between me and you…., Genesis 13:8
Relating to siblings and parents can be a roller coaster ride as we mature and age. It is with age that we truly learn to be more accepting, forgiving and appreciative of family. Living and working in community has its own set of challenges. In some corporate companies the working environment can be stiff and cold. As Christians we must allow Christ to shine in and through us.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house…., Psalm 36:7-11
Financial stewardship over our affairs demonstrates that we recognize and appreciate God’s favor and do not take it for granted. As we prosper we should share with others and uplift those who are less fortunate. Budgeting, saving and conserving are disciplines which will get families through the tough times.
For Promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the judge… , Psalm 75:6-7
Claim God’s favor for promotion and advancement. Never stop learning. Do the ‘little’ jobs well and just maybe the good performance will land you the “dream” job.
And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you, Ephesian 4:32
We all have social duties and obligation to society. Giving back to society and especially the marginalized and disposed, defines one’s humanity. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer and be of service to others.
So then standing on the promises of God, knowing with God all things are possible gives us tremendous leverage to be victorious and successful in all eight critical pillars of wellbeing.