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A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.
One of our biggest impediments to living a BETTER life is not a diabolical satanic force plotting or scheming against us, but our susceptibility to remaining attached to that which is familiar. I read an article on LifeHacker.com by Alan Henry entitled The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should) that I believe speaks to this matter in a practical way. This week and next week I will share portions of that article with you. I pray that you are able to lean into the simplicity of its message and practically apply it to your life.
Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr. #ebcBETTER
You've seen inspirational quotes that encourage you to get out and do something strange—something you wouldn't normally do—but getting out of your routine just takes so much work. There's actually a lot of science that explains why it's so hard to break out of your comfort zone, and why it's good for you when you do it. With a little understanding and a few adjustments, you can break away from your routine and do great things.
Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged people who kept on working!
Though it may not be a popular thought, the reality of discouragement is one of life's absolutes. Throughout the course of one's life there will certainly be times of discouragement. Whether that discouragement comes as a result of people, circumstances, or a mixture of the two is simply a matter of how the Sovereign Lord has allowed it to play out. The challenging valleys of life are as necessary to our lives as the enjoyable mountain top experiences. For it is only from the lowly view of the valley that we can appreciate the expanse of the optimal view of the mountain. In other words, moments of joy and inspiration have their best meaning when measured against moments of discouragement.
“If we want God to teach us His ways, we must first stand in total submission to His holy will.”
One of the most powerful things that we can do as sons and daughters of God is to get into agreement with the Word of God. To agree with the Word of God means that we walk in step with its directions, ordinances, and trajectory. It means that we choose His will over our own even when our emotions would lead us elsewhere. Children of God recognize the utter futility in trying to live a life contrary to God’s Word and conversely understand the power involved in aligning oneself congruent with it.
“The best way to succeed is to have a specific intent, a clear vision, a plan of action, and the ability to maintain clarity.”
— Steve Maraboli
One does not happen upon success haphazardly. Success that lasts is achieved with deliberate purpose and vision is the deciding factor between arriving at your place of destination intentionally rather than stumbling into it. Those who are most successful in life understand the value of having clear vision!
“You are not fighting for a victory…You are fighting from victory! Victory is already yours.”
The audacious and tenacious faith we possess to declare victory in all circumstances and over all adversity is founded in our connection to the ULTIMATE WINNER’s victory. We triumph because Jesus Christ emerged victorious over Death, Hell, and the Grave and by virtue of His victory, righteousness and justification have been imputed to us. Moreover, our justification through faith in Him has given us access to His efficacious grace whereby we are empowered to stand victoriously! We WIN because He WON!