Monday Morning Devotion-March 29, 2021
Your Best Version
Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable---if anything is excellent or praiseworthy---think about such things. Whatever you have learned, received or heard and seen from Him. Put it in to practice and God will bring peace to you. Philippians 4:8-9
"What's down in the well will come up in the bucket."
In his daily devotion book---"Uncommon Life" Tony Dungy uses that quote to make a point that Jesus taught. Our mouths speak whatever overflows from our hearts. What comes from our mouths flow into our actions.
These are things to take into consideration if we want to be the best version of ourselves. If you think that you are the best, you can be right now°at this moment in time°let me suggest that you are fooling yourself. We can all improve our lives in some way. Sure, some may have farther to go in that regard than others (I'm thinking of myself) but yes, it is good to take time to look at how we can get better. How you and I can be the best version of our self
When pondering this question of how I could become the best version of myself I decided to pull the old trick: I typed "how to be the best version of yourself' into the internet and here's what I got. "11 Ways to Become the Best Version of Yourself; 21 Tips to Be the Best Version of Yourself; 6 Powerful Ways to be a Better Version of Yourself; 12 Ways to Become the Best Version of Yourself---Motivation Grid; and 14 Rules to Become the Best Version of Yourself."
My goodness that is mind-boggling. There must be a lot of people out there that feel like they can be better than they are. And if you are still reading this that includes you as well as me.
Let me wade through all that information and see if I can pick out some of the best things we can do to become a better version of ourselves. Keep in mind that one size does not fit all and just select whatever you feel fits your life and the situation you are in daily.
On Forbes.com Jodie Cook suggests:
Do less but better: If you're spending your time chasing multiple goals, wearing multiple hats and fulfilling multiple obligations, you'll certainly be busy, but you might not get anywhere."
Smile More: Smiling implies relaxation, happiness and positive vibes and it can work powerfully alongside assertiveness and decisiveness.
On tonyrobbins.com Robbins writes:
Let go of limiting beliefs: You know who you are ---but do you know who you could be?
Amplify your strengths: Focus on your strengths and you'll get even stronger in those areas, becoming more fully yourself along the way.
Develop a growth mindset: No one is made up of only strengths°instead of focusing on what you do badly, focus on how you can improve and take action to get there.
Set reasonable goals: Prevent overwhelming yourself by setting small, measurable goals. Each time you take a step toward your goal, you build self-confidence to become the best version of yourself.
Live for Growth (www.medium.com) says: "We are all destined for greatness in our own way."
Get to know yourself; As simple as it may seem it is one of the most complex concepts established. Ask yourself questions like: Where you see yourself in 5 years; what are your biggest regrets, what has kept you from reaching your true potential and other questions which get us into the mindset of evaluating where we are in our lives?
Think before you speak: Each of us has faced situations where the words left our mouths before they checked in with our brain. Be fully present in every situation in order for our thoughts to have the validity of assessing the situation before putting words into the equation
Don't make excuses: Before you make your next excuse, ask yourself this: What can I do to improve? Take responsibility for your actions, and you can live an incredible life of integrity.
Tony Dungy says: "Real change in your life happens deep down inside the well that flows from your heart." He suggests that today you keep a bottle of water near you as a reminder of the well from which good things flow from your heart into your words and your actions.
That's a way you can continue to become a better version of yourself on the road tobecoming the best, you can be.
Prayer: Lord we know that we are imperfect people. But by following your principles and seeking your will we know that we can become a better version of ourselves. Amen!