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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Lunch
  2. Notebook
  3. Agenda
  4. Pouch
  5. Stand
  6. Frame
  7. Thermometer
  8. Rice
  9. Duck
  10. Castlewords

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Ladies
  2. Design
  3. Plan
  4. Music
  5. Sore feet
  6. Photo
  7. Heating
  8. Chinese
  9. Swim
  10. Capital

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

When you face choices in your life, do you:

  1. Think things through on your own before making a decision
  2. Talk the choices though with your family and make a joint decision
  3. Take the situation to God, and wait for Him to direct you

We probably all try to do a bit of all these options if we’re honest, but as Christians we must always go for option 3. Remember God will never ask you to do something you’re not capable of – You may just not realise you are capable of it before you start!

So leave your life choices to God, and He will do the best for you.

That moment when you wake up, jump out of bed and quickly get ready for work because you’ve slept in…but then realise it’s actually Saturday, so you don’t need to go to work!

Yes, I’ve done that a few times. Sometimes I realised it was the weekend before I actually got out of bed. Other times I’ve got as far as starting to get dressed before I’ve realised what day it is.

How about you, how far did you get? I hope you didn’t actually get as far as leaving the house before you realised what day it was.

Regardless of how far you got getting ready for work on the wrong day, I bet you felt like a fool when you realised you’d got the day wrong!

That moment when you pull your front door shut as you leave your house, and just as the lock clicks shut, you realise that your house keys are still lying on the dining room table!

 

 

What do you do?

I guess the first thing you do it kick yourself for being daft enough to forget to pick up your keys!

Next you’ll be wondering whether it matters that you’ve locked your keys in the house:

  • If your partner/husband/wife will be home before you, does it actually matter that you are now locked out the house and your keys are on the table inside?
  • If you expect to be home before your partner/husband/wife – what do you do? Have you a neighbour or friend who has a spare set of keys for your house?
  • If you live on your own, do you have a neighbour or friend who has a spare set of keys for your house? If not, do you have a number for a locksmith, or know where you can find one?

Accidentally locking your house keys in the house, is annoying and may cause you to change your plans, but it is something you can hopefully resolve reasonably easily. So if you are unfortunate enough to lock yourself out your house, try not to panic, it can be fixed!

Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You’re not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you’re at peace with yourself. Learning life’s lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Are you still trying to make your life perfect?

Have you accepted your life for what it is?

God has planned out our lives long before we were even born, so learn your life lessons from Him, and accept the plan He has made just for you.

Whether you are trying to get fit, lose weight, starting a new hobby, learning a new language or skill, or trying to make some other change in your life, I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves wondering where to start.

It can sometimes be so overwhelming wondering where or how to start that we can actually completely put ourselves off, and end up not starting anywhere at all!

I think there’s probably two reasons why we don’t achieve our targets:

  1. We try to do too many things at the same time; or
  2. We don’t even try to get started because we feel so overwhelmed

So how do we get started with things when we feel overwhelmed?

I’ve found the best thing to do is just to focus on one thing. To identify that one thing, it’s best to identify several tasks and then choose the simplest to start with, that way you’ll quickly feel you’ve achieved something, and will find it easier to move forward as you tackle the remaining tasks.

Good luck!

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Wake up twenty minutes earlier

 

It may seem counter intuitive as if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to sleep for as long as possible. So please just trust me on this one…

The first hour of your day sets the mood for your whole day. So if you start your day rushing to wherever you’re going, I’m sure that your day will carry on going downhill from there on.

Instead start your day off slowly by getting up 20 minutes earlier so you can  get yourself dressed and eat your breakfast without having to rush around or gulp down your food.

If you have a peaceful start to your day, it will go a long way to helping the rest your day to continue peacefully.

Young woman lying in bed in the morning. She is waking up with alarm clock.

 

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Selfishly set your limits

 

When it comes down to it, you and you alone are responsible for your own well-being, No-one knows you better than you know yourself, just as no-one knows better than you how you are feelings.

So based on how you are feeling, and your workload, you decide what you can and can’t achieve, and tell those you need to that you can’t meet required deadlines.

Look after yourself, as you and you alone know best how you feel.

set-your-own-limits

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Don’t make any decisions!                                                                                                                                                

 

Why not try to reduce the number of decisions you have to make in a morning to as near to zero as possible, as this will help you relax in the morning.

I know you’re wondering how you can possibly not make any decisions when you get up in a morning, well there’s 2 things you can do to help this:

  1. Organise and plan the night before what you’re going to have for your breakfast, what time you’re going to get up, what you’re going to wear and the route you’re to take to work etc.
  2. Have a routine every morning, as this way your routine will be so engrained in you that you’ll not have to think about having to make any decisions.

Morning routine

 

Following on from yesterday’s blog post Decisions #1, where I asked you what style of decision-making you employ, today I want to talk more about what is considered to be the ideal method of decision-making – the Balancing style of decision-making. So here’s a reminder:

Balanced decision-making is where you weigh up all the options before making an informed decision

If the Balancing style is not your decision-making style, I can suggest a very simple tool that can help you make balanced decisions – it was designed by Benjamin Franklin and he called it a Balance Sheet:

  1. Take a sheet of blank paper and draw a line down the middle of it, and then for whatever decision you are trying to make, write down all the pros on one side of the line and all the cons on the other side.
  2. Go through each pro and con giving each a weighting or a value, according to importance – for pros rate between -10 and 0 and for cons rate between 0 and +10.
  3. This will help you quickly identify the benefits of either side, and your decision should then almost make itself.

This may seem like a very long-winded way to make a decision, but you didn’t learn to ride a bike or tie your shoe laces overnight did you? The more times you make a decision this way, the quicker and easier it will become, until you almost do it automatically.

decisions

Whether you use this method to make Balanced decisions or whether you use another method, the most important thing is that you actually make decisions. By leaving things to fate or other people your life can slowly slip past you, leaving you to think “where did all that time go?” However when you make decisions yourself, however small, you feel empowered.

So empower yourself, go make some balanced decisions!