Lessons for my crew, Purpose

New Year, New Disciplines

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UGH. The pain of the alarm clock in the morning is something other worldly.

I look at my clock as it blasts in my ear. 4:57 it says.

Who in their right mind does this evil?

I jump out of bed to silence that thing before it wakes anyone else up, thankfully I’m a rather light sleeper, so it doesn’t take much to get me up. Up and moving is a whole other story though!

Just like you, I like the feeling that the new year brings as well. I welcome the new with anticipation and with a sense of determination that what happened last year won’t be the thing that happens this year.

There is something defeating about 2020 as it hangs in the back of our minds. It’s something that seems to be defeating like you shouldn’t even bother to begin. Like it’s kicking your butt before you even give any effort.

But what if it doesn’t?

What if that is just a sensation and isn’t actually truth?

What if it’s just a bully that trying to scare you but doesn’t actually have the cajones to level a blow at you? I think that may actually be more like what we’re up against!

You see the battle for determination is one that really only exists in your mind and your mind is one incredibly powerful force…if you’ll allow it to be.

You are not at the mercy of someone elses decision. You’re only at the mercy of your own determination.

No excuses. Nothing else needs to happen for you to be better.

Say that out loud.

Nothing else needs to happen for me to be better!

The Apostle Peter wrote this:

“Roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, ‘I am holy; you be holy.'”

1Peter 1:13-16 The Message

If you want things to turn out differently, start doing things different!

I was texting with a friend recently about his new year goals and he said something that so many of us say, “I want to get back to my goal weight.”
Awesome! Nothing wrong with that determination.

So then I asked him, “what’s your plan? How do you intend to make that happen?”

He came back with a joke that really made me laugh. He said, “I’m going to try sitting on the couch and eat more snacks”.

My response was that it should work as long as it’s the right couch.

We shared a good laugh, but isn’t that the way we work with so many things in our lives?

Think about it.

Where’s my stimulus check?

That’s seems to be the number one post on social media as I wake up this morning. Has anyone else gotten their three beans and a tortilla from the government yet?


A few dollars from the government is not going to change your life or make it any better. It’s going to give you something to spend, but that’s is absolutely all that is going to do. Everything else is up to you. Besides, before Christmas all you knew about a stimulus check was that someone was talking about it, no indicators on time or anything.

To some people, that couldn’t come soon enough, sure, I know there are a lot of people hurting that really need some help. But there are so many others who just need a renewed mindset and determination.

I have a goal when it comes to money too. I want to increase my annual income by a certain amount, but that doesn’t mean I go to my employer and demand a raise. No, it’s not their problem. It’s mine. So I use that desire to fuel my determination and get creative about commanding my own income.

I mean seriously, if I go to my employer and ask for more, what really could they do?

Could they give me another thousand dollars annually?


But could I invent a new stream of income that could give me 5 or 10?


I’ve done it before, I can do it again. And so can you. Regardless of what it is your are desiring. It’s within your grasp if you will stop making excuses and get your mind in gear and be your own determination.

Get up, get at it, get it done.

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