In Ephesians 5:16 Christian believers admonished and told to the take time available seriously so they can be, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Life in such a time like these cannot be lived in the same old manner taking things for granted any more. The media news daily of world events show the fulfilment of the Gospel prophecies. Billy Graham said Christians must read the Bible and watch or listen to news to be more aware of the Season of God’s Calendar the church is in today. This helps to realise the Bible is not fiction but True Accurate Word of God. So enables a better understanding of the end time circumstances. Study Bible and take God more seriously in intense prayer as intercessor and watchman.
1. Read Daily
If you want your life to get better, you need to start making better choices. To make better choices you will need to equip yourself with new ideas and better information. Make it a habit to read at least 10 pages of great quality information daily. By reading this much content daily, you’ll be able to finish at least a book per month. Don’t read fiction. Fiction is meant to entertain you, not empower you. Read books that have a direct correlation of the areas of your life you want to improve. Include health, personal finance, wealth creation, business, self-help, productivity, success, biographies, relationships. Knowledge and ideas you get from this types of books will undoubtedly help succeed.
2. Stop Watching TV
Watching TV is lethal to your success. It’s unproductive and a time-wasting activity of modern society. The average american watched roughly around 25 hours of TV per week. Most of the content on TV is non beneficial… it’s negative news, advertisements, reality shows, etc and brings no real value to your life. Start using the hours you waste channel surfing on activities that are more productive. Remember time is money so watching the 500 adverts per day plus favourite programs deprive you from creativity. What you use your time for determines who you are. If you pay a monthly cable subscription then do yourself a favour and cancel it. Plus the electric bills accumulated all add up, so walk in wisdom.
3. Turn Your Car Into A Classroom
If you work full-time, you probably spend somewhere between 5/10 hours per week commuting to and from work. Instead of listening to music or the radio. Start listening to inspiring and educational content. Most books have an audio version and they’re plenty of great podcasts you can listen to free on Itunes. With an abundance of great content on virtually every subject at your disposal. you don’t have to go back to school to get more education. Cut out waste to break free from financial captivity. Remember waste not, want not so save the pennies and the pound takes care of itself. Pray more by spending time in prayer with extra time on your hands. Adapt and change to draw near to God.
4. Start A Savings Plan
Start saving a portion of your income for investment and future use, the best time to start doing so is now. Most financial planners would agree that you should be saving a minimum of 10% of your monthly income on a consistent basis. Don’t make the mistake of working hard for your money, and then using that money to pay everyone else except you. Pay yourself first. If you don’t think have the discipline to do this, then set up a meeting with the bank to arrange a certain amount of your income to be deposited immediately into a savings or investment account. Look and long for long -term reliable growth rather than rapid projected speculation investment due to greed. Use Biblical wisdom and counsel to guide Godly conscience and stand firm on the Word on God.
5. End Relationships With People Who Hold You Back
There may be some people in your life that you are better off not spending time with. Not everyone has habits or attitudes that are conducive to success, and unfortunately those habits and attitudes are contagious. Like crabs in a bucket, these people are the first to pull you down the moment they see you trying to climb to a higher level. You may have friends, co-workers, or even family members who fit this description. It’s not always a good idea to instantly cut people out of your life despite resentment. Some relationships should be dissolved gently. Gradually decrease the amount of time you spend with people who you don’t want around you as you move forward.
6. Stop Complaining
One of the worst habits a person can have is the habit of complaining. People who complain are usually negative and pessimistic. Don’t be one of them. If you encounter problems or challenges, don’t complain about them… use that energy to focus on a solution. If you do catch yourself complaining about something, bite your tongue and re frame the situation. Use the time you would otherwise be spending with them to build new relationships with positive people who support and encourage your success.
7. Put Your Goals In Writing
Without question, the most successful people in the world all have goals. Their goals are the benchmark against which they measure their results. People without goals often have no direction. Like a hamster on a wheel, they move but go nowhere. *Achieving your goals and turning your life around begins with you identifying exactly what you want to achieve and then creating a strategy for achieving it. Use tape to record and audio voice to type machines or phone if dyslexic.
8. Learn A New Skill
Learning a new skill can bring more excitement into your life. Consider learning an instrument, learning a new language, joining a club, taking a class, or playing a sport you’ve never played before. The purpose of doing this is to ignite your sense of wonder and creativity… while simultaneously getting out of your comfort zone and into new experiences. From apprenticeships to skill you can learn for free on-line has to working holidays, discover the wide range of opportunities the National Trust offers to help you learn and develop new skills. Learning new skills is the best way to make yourself marketable and happy. Use talents, interests, passion, motivation and vision. Although it involves adapting and making changes.
9. Practice Public Speaking
The ability to speak confidently and communicate articulately is one of the most valued and rewarded skills in the market place today. People who are good communicators are able to navigate their way through life with ease and enjoy more success then those who are not. They earn promotions, they build key relationships, they present their ideas clearly, they resolve disputes, and they typically earn the respect and admiration of the people around them. They are leaders in their organizations, their families, and their communities.Most people are terrified of speaking in public so will do anything to avoid it. This presents tremendous opportunity for those willing to step out of their comfort zone and develop this rare skill. One of the places you can go to practice your communication skills in a non-threatening, positive environment is your local Toastmasters club. Most of these clubs host weekly meetings where anyone is welcome to attend and participate. As you become a stronger communicator, people will begin to perceive you as a leader so more opportunities will come to you as a result.
10. Stay Hydrated And Exercise Regularly
Success doesn’t come easy… It takes a lot of hard work. In order to put in the work necessary to get to the next level without burning out, you need to build up large reserves of physical and mental energy. By drinking more water, it will help replenish your system, improve digestion and eliminate waste from your body. Many people make the mistake of thinking they’re tired or hungry when in reality they’re just dehydrated. By exercising at least 3 times per week, it will help strengthen your heart and lungs. It will also improve your flexibility and strength, helps manage your weight, prevents illness, decreases stress and it even helps you get a better sleep. All of this will have a positive effects on your energy levels, overall health, focus and productivity.
11. Start A Business
If you don’t already own your own business, there is no better time to start one than right now. Advances in technology have removed virtually all barriers to entry for aspiring entrepreneurs. Anyone with an internet connection and a credit card can start a business, and there is no shortage of training and resources available to help you get started. For about as much as it costs to stay in a hotel for a weekend, you can buy a web domain, create a website, print some business cards, place a few ads online, and start promoting yourself to the marketplace. You could sell a service like graphic design or consulting, sell your own products, or promote someone else’s products in exchange for a commission.
12. Look For Opportunities To Help Others
Most people think only in terms of what they can receive from others instead of what they can give to others. But the law of reciprocity teaches us that if we want to receive, we should give. Giving ignites the receiving process. If you want to feel good, one of the simplest yet most effective ways to feel good is to do something to make someone else feel good. If you want people to treat you with more respect, start treating other people with more respect. If you want your life to get better, help someone else’s life get better. The more you do for others, the more others will want to do things for you. Great to reflect and encouraging to set time apart as Christ did from time to time to pray deeply and redeem the times.
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