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Volume 12, Issue 05: Can You Do It Today?

How do we really nail the day? Last year I put tiny stickers written "Win The Day" in red all around me. I had it on the back of my phone, on my workstation, on my laptop, on the front cover of my iPad, and so forth. I wanted visual reminders to help me remember to win the day throughout my day.

Having built the habit of waking up early, most of the time I am awake before my alarm goes off. When I hear it, I remind myself to nail the day, starting with getting out of bed that very moment. When I am getting ready to eat, or when I am tempted to eat when I am not hungry or to continue eating after I have had my fill, I remind myself to win the day by eating right.

A house is built one day at a time. A career is advanced one day at a time. A relationship is built one day at a time. A strong, fit and healthy body is built one day at a time. It matters not what discipline you're trying to inculcate, what habit you're trying to build, what goal you are going after. It always happens one day at a time.

In his book Win the Day, Mark Batterson writes that "no matter what habit you're trying to build, what problem you're trying to solve, or what goal you are going after, it always happens one day at a time. When you think it terms of weeks and months and years, it can be overwhelming and demotivating. Don't worry about next week, next month, or next year! Can you do it today?"

Can we do it today? With God's help, absolutely. We can get out of bed on time today. We can eat right today. We can workout today. We can squeeze in more reading today. We can spend quality time with our loved ones today. We can do today whatever it is we need to do to get us to our desired ends.

Almost anybody can do something for just a day. We can look at each day as the only day we have to work on something. Before we know it, we will be living each day as if it's the only day we have left to live. We will be showing up as we truly want to, really playing our "A" game, being who we really are, a people made for greatness.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 12, Issue 04: Nail The Day

As I set out to go after my goals again this year, just like last year and the years past, I figure that the best chance I have in succeeding is setting out to win today....every day. My inspiration for this last year was from Mark Batterson's "Win The Day" book. I have scheduled to read it again this month for fresh inspiration.

Goal attainment isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. It is not something we end up with all of a sudden, it is something we work towards. We attain our dreams a day at a time, and an action at a time.

Just like I figured last year, if I want to start my days on time, tackle each and every item on my calendar unhurried, without skipping some, then I have to get out of bed on time, as soon as my body is awake this morning....every morning. If I want to wake up refreshed, I have to go to bed on time tonight....every night.

If I want to read a book a week this year, I need to break that down into a daily habit of reading for an hour today....every day, and listening to two audiobooks a week....every week. If I want to become a seasoned writer, I need to write a few paragraphs today....every day.

If I want to maintain a flat tummy, what holds the key to this become ingrained my reality month after month all year long is my daily habits with food. The best way I have learnt is to watch how much I eat today....every day. Rather than counting on getting it right over time, I will consume a prudent diet today....every day. This constitutes correct food portions in the correct proportions taken at correct frequencies.

Once again, I am applying this principle across the board for all my intentions for 2022. My goals are most likely very different from yours, but what we have in common is a strong desire to go higher this year. We don't want to just look like we are playing our "A" game, we want to really play our "A" game in all spheres of our lives.

In order to attain your goals this year, how can you set out to win today .....every day? What small daily habits can you incorporate in your lifestyle to help you nail the day?There are no overnight successes. Let's chip away at our goals today....every day, and we will most certainly have the future we want.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 12, Issue 03: Not This Year

What did you leave on the table last year? What has your lifestyle and your systems have you leaving on the table year in - year out? What is it that you know you want but haven't had the stamina to rearrange your life to accommodate?

Just like the start of every day and every week and every month is an opportunity to turn our lives around, the start of every year is an even bigger opportunity to make bold decisions and start taking steps towards what we really want.

What don't I want to continue leaving on the table anymore? What could I have if I followed my calendar to the letter? What could I accomplish if I started every single day on time? What could I gain if I invested in the friendships that I have?

What don't you want to continue leaving on the table anymore? Happiness, health and fitness, a spouse, kids, a thriving marriage, closeness to your growing children, real friendships, a house, time to enjoy the life you work so hard for?

What could you have if only you changed a few things in your life? What could you have if you switched jobs, moved houses, downsized your lifestyle, dropped wrong friends, saved before you spent, called and visited your family more often?

What could you have if you went to bed early, ditched the snooze button on your alarm and got out of bed the time you really need to wake up? What could you have if you changed your diet, walked up the stairs instead of using the elevator, went out for a brisk walk instead of binge watching Netflix every evening? You can make a bold decision right now and start moving towards not leaving anything on the table this year.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 12, Issue 02: What Now?

Now that we are beginning a new chapter, what now? What are we going to do about it? I think every new beginning should have a kick to it. It shouldn't be business as usual.

 

What do you want to do this year?

What do you want to accomplish this year?

What goals do you want to go after this year?

 

What do you want to continue doing?

What do you want to stop doing?

What do you want to start doing?

 

What things do you want to add to your schedule?

What things do you want to drop off your schedule?

What things do you want to do differently?

 

How do you want to show up this year? In your career, in your relationships, in your finances, in your health and fitness, in your walk with God, in your marriage, in your parenting, in your friendships, in your learning, in your giving, in your appearance, and so forth.

From your experiences last year and the years before, what brings you joy and what doesn't? Which events will you go for and which ones will you pass? Will you stand up for your truth of just flow with the tide?

Will you make your voice be heard, let your light shine or will you let the darkness in the room rule the day? Will you play your music or let other people's music flood the air? Will you make a stand and confront ills or will you fade in the background? Will the people in the room know that you are around? Will your presence be felt?

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 
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Volume 12, Issue 01: A New Chapter Begins

And just like that, a new chapter begins. And what better way to begin it than with gratitude.

I am grateful to be here, to have made it to the new year.

I am grateful to not have lost family and friends to COVID-19 and other threats.

I am grateful to have a good job to go back to this year.

I am grateful for an opportunity to start all over again, for new beginnings.

I am grateful for yet another opportunity to thrive and blossom.

I am grateful for an opportunity to right my wrongs, and to love people.

I am grateful for an opportunity to dream big again and to go after my goals.

I am grateful for yet another opportunity to learn new things, and to do things well and better.

I am grateful for an opportunity to enjoy life in Christ.

How exciting this time is. We get to start over, start a new chapter of our lives. We get to leave our past flops behind and forge a new beginning. Allow this start of a new year to be an opportunity to slow down, to dream a bit, and give yourself permission to be audacious to set goals that excite you and pull you forward.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi