60 Years of Simple Wisdom Nuggets

Today is a brand new day with new mercies. Your life is a blank piece of paper. How will you fill it?

Confrontation that seeks to clear the air and restore peace is in making the effort to listen to a person share their thoughts and feelings.

Whenever you are in doubt, don’t.

Finding value in life’s difficulties often results from asking the right questions… “What can I learn from this situation?”

When you don’t know what to do, do the next basic right thing.

Obstacles are the things you see when you take your eyes OFF the goal.

A good reputation is of more value than great riches.

Guarding our words spares us unnecessary trouble.

In order to motivate people and release their potential, one thing is required … you will need to believe in them.

Neither affluence nor education can surpass simple tenacity in the pursuit of success.

The one who finds wisdom enjoys life and the favor of God.

Do not withhold good from the one it is due.

The first lies we need to learn to avoid, are the ones spoken by our fears.

Anxiety in the heart causes depression; an encouraging word can bring peace.

Take care of what’s important to God and He will take care of what’s important to you!

A wise man changes his mind, a fool never does.

To be trusted is the greatest complement. It reveals the true character of the one trusted.

When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of making a change we become willing to take the steps necessary to move forward.

Concentrate on the condition that you want and not the one you are trying to dispose of.

Treat others they way you would like for them to be and that is what they will become.

We never miss the water until the well runs dry. Whatever we take for granted has the risk of running dry.

Relinquish what isn’t working for you … and you’ll become all you are meant to be!

Consider when you have been wronged that if they are able to live “with it” you are able to live “without it”.

Whatever you look for in any given circumstance, you will find. Look for the bad, that’s what you will find; look for the good, that’s what you will find.

The best days of life begin when you learn to want what you have as opposed to striving to have all you want.

Love is the commitment to the welfare of another.

Perhaps our time here is not so much to accomplish tasks but more to enjoy the presence of God in childlike wonder.

Attempting to solve problems with the same mindset that created them is a waste of time.

If people talk to you about others; they talk to others about you.

Every moment, every breath is a gift from God.

Love the people who treat you well.  Pray for the ones who don’t.

Learn not to trade what you want most for what you want right now.

Leaders look for and do the things others won’t.

Don’t jump out of the frying pan into the fire.  Don’t be impulsive; you may find that your situation will actually worsen.

If you need undivided devotion; get a dog.

Whatever you do, do it without grumbling.  Grumbling makes every task more burdensome.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.

Take long walks and lots of pictures.

Record the voices of your children and your parents.

Don’t feed your mind or body with bad things.

Learn to enjoy your own company.  Solitude can be empowering.

Sing while in the shower and in the car with children.  It helps you to engage, and it helps them to remember.

Fear is an awesome motivator but a cruel taskmaster.

When you do all you can do, God will show up and do what only He can do.

Read a portion of Scripture everyday. Apply its principles.

Doing your best trumps not trying when you can’t be the best.

Be thankful in every situation; the good ones for obvious reasons; the difficult ones for the lessons.

There is more opportunity for maturity during adversity than at any other time.

Whatever your current situation, it came to pass, not to stay.

Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

If someone will lie to you; they will steal from you.

Live by your values.  Work from your passion and strengths.

Relinquish your past mistakes, and accept yourself with laughter.

Say what you mean, and truly mean what you say.

Let challenges bring growth and not create excuses.

Let go of resistance and find a surprising peace.

Ask engaging questions to build authentic relationships.

Be alert to the moments that take your breath away.

Manage stress well in order to have the emotional energy to deal with the issues in life.

Resolve conflict before it becomes resentment.

Catch a sunset every chance you get.

Enjoy your work everyday. If you don’t, find the work that will enable you to.

Meet the neighbors.

Live debt free.

Leave a legacy to your children that will carry them all of their lives.

Enjoy fireside chats often.

Develop an openness to try and learn new things.

Memorize as many of God’s promises as possible.

Remind yourself to slow down, sip the coffee, smell the roses, and smile for no reason.

Cease from strife and worry. All things work out in God’s time.

Trust God’s heart when you can’t see his hand.

Make amends and work out your conflicts.

Avoid destructive habits and people.

Keep your commitments.

Be a person of your word.

Don’t return evil for evil; overcome it with good.

Do as much good as you can, as often as you can.

Pray to God with real words in a real way.

Substitute acceptance for judgment.

Stay connected to those who encourage you and to ones you can encourage.

Find a little humor in every situation.

Minimize the things in life that pull you away from what is really important.

Be present at the important events in the lives of those you love.

Realize that the less often you make life “all about you” the more you can enjoy it.

Be fun and pleasant to be with.

Seek to understand rather than attempt to fix others.

Overcome the tendency to judge and replace it with a heart to encourage.

Stand at the finish line often as those who have struggled overcome pain, sorrow, and fear.

Live in such a way that the bad things you do are forgiven, and the good things you do bring glory to God and encourage others to seek a better path.

Today is my 60th Birthday! And I wanted to share some nuggets of wisdom I’ve gathered along the way in my life journey……. what nuggets have you gathered?

Sheri 

Cultivating a Winning Mindset

Our mindset can be defined as our belief system or the way we are programmed to think or operate. It is effectively our operating system! 

It has been said that “success is a one-degree change”, and we know that change is an action. Mindset is not just about thinking differently; knowing or thinking differently requires us to act by applying what we learn. Even being willing isn’t all that is needed, we must actually make the effort needed to operate differently. Essentially, once we “know better, we can choose to do better”.

Many of us may struggle daily with negative thoughts or mindsets that are challenging, such as: stress, worry, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, procrastination, irritation, anger, frustration, comparing ourselves to others, wishing things or people would be different, feeling offended, loneliness, fear of failure, wishing we could lose weight, gain muscle or be more shapely, feeling controlled, wanting to find the right person or wishing our partner could be more perfect, financial issues, ignoring problems we need to face, uncertain about choices, rushing from one task to the next, not liking our jobs, and / or a variety of other concerns.

In many cases these problems are self-created.

They’re real, but our tricky minds have created them. The problems are in our heads and are created by a particular ideal or expectation of how we hope the world would be but are afraid it won’t be. These mindsets can negatively impact much of our lives.

To change possible patterns that have helped to create our belief system, we can practice mentally letting go of all of the things that potentially set us on a downward spiral, and focus on this moment.  It offers an opportunity to focus on God, who never changes. This realization can empower us to have courage to choose to cherish this moment.  We can effectively let go of all of the anchors that bind us to the past, our fears, our disappointments or offenses and be able to relinquish whatever we need to, so we can cultivate our winning mindset.

Like exercise, starting slow and simple, we can build up over time. A rule-of-thumb for a one-degree change in a ship’s course is “1 in 60” i.e., for every 60 miles out at sea, it will then be off course by one mile… and for a 1000 miles out the variance in where it is heading would be off course by 16.7 miles. Small but definitely significant!

A simple change in your mindset (believing you can over believing you can’t) will help you be able to replace old and ineffective patterns with refreshing new ones and ultimately provide you with hope for a brighter future.  And hope can fuel your mindset for a long time!

Or you can go back to worrying about everything else if you choose.

Sheri Geyer is a Christian Life Coach, Writer, Realtor, Wife & Mom