Aiming To Be A Better Man In 2018?

Four thoughts that will keep me from being a better man this year, and what I plan do about it, as I lean into a new year and a new start.


MY LACK OF PAST SUCCESS

Thought #1: “I will never be good enough so why try.”
The issue: Guilt, shame, sin, embarrassment, and admittance

My new action list:

  1. Avoid self-pity.
  2. Own my problems.
  3. Move past emotionally.
  4. Live in my new identity in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”


MY LACK OF TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Thought #2: “I don’t know what to do.”
The issue: Knowledge and competence

My new action list:

  1. Define the needed capability.
  2. Be mentored by a person in the desired knowledge area.
  3. Define measurable goals.
  4. Mark progress.
  5. Make adjustments.

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”


MY LACK OF MOMENTUM

Thought #3: “I’ll do it later.”
The issue: Procrastination and laziness.

My action list:

  1. Just start.
  2. Go public with your choice.
  3. Be willing to be accountable.
  4. Be transparent with others.

Ephesians 5:15 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.”


MY LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY IN CHALLENGE

Thought #4: “I’ll hope it just goes away.”
The issue: Responsibility, challenge, avoidance, and fear of change.

My action list:

  1. Identify why you are avoiding.
  2. Envision the future ramifications of non-responsibility.
  3. Use the word, “sorry.”
  4. Seek forgiveness in relationships.
  5. Persevere by taking one day at a time.

Ephesians 4:27 “Do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.”

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