What Are You Leaving to Chance?


This is your time
This is your dance
Live every moment
Leave nothing to chance
Swim in the sea
Drink of the deep
Embrace the mystery of all you can be
This is your time.
~Michael W. Smith ~

In less than 30 days, the New Year of 2013 emerges with all its possibilities and challenges. Aside from all the normal “hype”, how do you plan to grow and transform yourself so that this time next year, you are stronger, wiser, and better? What inner-strengths will you need to develop and nurture to increase your personal effectiveness, happiness and success in 2013?
Too often, many of us dwell in a perpetual state of “hoping” that our lives will get better instead of making the commitment necessary to make difficult decisions and take courageous action that will position us to bring about positive change in our life. Hoping, in and of itself, is not a sound strategy for improving our well-being. Taking ownership of our life and the initiative to embrace personal growth practices that involve experiences which increase our personal effectiveness, happiness and success is a sound strategy that leaves nothing to chance.
Chance vs. Purpose
I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.
~ Og Mandino ~
According to the Webster dictionary, “chance” is defined as the unpredictable and uncontrollable element of an event or occurrence, something that is not planned or expected. When you think about this definition are you living your life primarily by chance or with purpose?
If you are living your life by chance with no specific plans, expectations or personal standards, how much of the life that you really want to live do you believe will happen as a result of a “chance” strategy? Looking back over the present year, how much of your life have you left up to chance? How is that working for you? I know that there will always be numerous occasions when opportunities present themselves which we did not plan, however the only way that we can be ready to seize such opportunities will be the result of our “due diligence” to live a life on purpose and not based on happenstance.
How much of your efforts in 2012 year have been inspired by a purpose that compels you to take action to improve your spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, financial and professional well-being? If you are living on purpose you should be able to identify areas in your life in which you have improved your effectiveness, happiness and success. The evidence (or fruit from your labor) tells the story.

We will never be perfect. And we’re all works in progress. This is a fact of life, accept it. There are many aspects of our lives in which we have continued to make incremental progress and our efforts have enabled us to maintain sustainable success in those areas. We should congratulate ourselves and be inspired that we can achieve more.
When you put this year in review, what is the story that’s being told by the evidence from your actions? Did you live this year with only a “hoping” strategy? Or, did you engage a “purpose-driven” strategy fueled with hope and active faith? Your answer to these last two questions provides a clue as to rather your strategy is working in the best interest of your well-being.

Chance vs. Choice
It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.
~Jean Nidetch ~
Yes, there is a lot in life that we do not control. We control the choices that we make. This doesn’t mean that we won’t miss it and make mistakes and blunders. But even in those situations, we have the power to choose how we will shift our approach since our first attempt didn’t work out as well. Our power to choose our reactions to life experiences provide each of us with access to the greatest of all human freedoms. The power of choice enables us to choose daily actions that add to our well-being and future progress. It is not by chance that people achieve greater happiness and success in life. It is a deliberate choice that is made every day that they back up with corresponding actions.
Too many people have bought into this collective and demoralizing attitude that they cannot change themselves or their circumstances. They have accepted the “status quo” as the best they can be and do, even when their heart cries out that “better is possible”. In order for us to maintain a strong sense of power in and over our lives, it’s important that we understand the full-authority given to us by God to reign in the earth and over our circumstances. When we begin to “see” ourselves made in the image of God and nurture our faith in this identity, we are able to embrace the transformative power of our spirit and live a life which reflects our highest self on purpose.
Living by chance straitjacket’s our seeds of greatness. Living by chance causes many of us to live our lives on automatic pilot. We do the same thing, over and over because we’ve always done it a particular way. And yet we wonder why nothing in our lives changes. Unless we begin to think and do different, we will continue to experience the same ole stuff.  Just because we’ve always thought, felt and behaved a particular way does not mean that it’s is right or best for us now. The choices that worked in our past may need to be tweaked or overhauled based on our “present” not our “past”!
No one can promise you that life will be a bed of roses. Many of the challenges that you face will not change overnight. Living by choice requires that you develop the inner-strengths that will equip you to walk steadfast in your faith with God. Living by choice means that you accept responsibility for working God’s word so that his promises are manifested in your life. It includes, watering the seeds of your faith with God’s word on a regular basis so that it bears fruit in your life.
In your efforts to seek understanding and gain God’s wisdom to help order your steps forward, you will transform a “chance” strategy into a “choice” strategy. Your choice to partner with God connects you to “the” power source and empowers you to become the change that you need to be so that you empower the fullness of your seeds of greatness. Chris Gardner wrote, “Change is necessary for growth and that if we don’t instigate the change we desire for ourselves, the status quo will eventually change on its own - in ways that can make adapting even tougher.”
Chance vs. Conscious Living
Frederick F. Flack wrote, “Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives.”
Our lives are a direct reflection of our consciousness. Our lives can never rise above the level of our dominant thinking. To upgrade your well-being, you have to enlarge your consciousness. Your state of mind creates your thoughts, your thoughts determine what you think about, what you think about influences your behavior, your behavior shapes your habits and your habits are a strong indicator of your life’s direction.
If in 2012, there is some aspect of your life that is not going in the direction that you desire, you have the authority to make a course correction. The change that you desire to experience in 2013 will not come about because of chance. You will experience greater measures of happiness and success when you decide to collaborate with present events occurring in your life and seize and create opportunities for you to express your seeds of greatness. In the process, begin to let go of the emotional baggage that keeps you grounded and prevents you from soaring like an eagle in life as you should be. Of course, all of this comes as a result of your choice to leave nothing to chance.
It’s Your Move ~ Aspire Higher

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