Monday, August 12, 2013

Setting Yourself Up for Success

Are you setting yourself up for failure or success? That's the ultimate question behind the choices we make each day. Are our choices getting us closer to or further away from what we want in life?

In today's media Monday, I am featuring two videos. You might be familiar with the first one. It's one that most of us women can relate to and it comes from the movie "Confessions of a Shopaholic" (one of my faves lol). Rebecca has just finished splurging at a sample sale. Afterwards, she surveys the aftermath and  her face says it all: "Oh no, there's so much stuff and I spent way too much money! How did this happen? What have I done?!" Yeah, ever felt like that?

The second video is of a woman who decided to share her regrets about her food purchases. I know all of us can relate to that too. We all end up buying more than we intended when all we meant to do was buy one thing; that and we buy things we KNOW we shouldn't be bringing into the household to gorge on.

The common thread with both videos is the fact that both women knowingly set themselves up to fail. Rebecca knew that putting herself in that shopping environment would bring about the overwhelming temptation to buy more than she should. She tried to rationalize it by saying that she would only buy what she needed and nothing more. Of course, it didn't happen that way. She lost all self-control and it could have all been avoided if she had just stayed away from an environment that she knew would get her into trouble. Likewise, the woman who bought all that junk food KNEW she was making a bad choice. She complained about how frustrated and angry she was with herself as she was showing off the food when she got home, but she was aware even at the checkout line that she had "nothing substantial". Both women had a second chance to choose what was best for themselves. Rebecca could have walked away as she was waiting in line at the sale. The other woman could have put the food back instead of on the conveyor belt. Yet, both ignored their consciences and then wondered how they could have possibly gotten into the messes they were in.

Friends, don't make the same mistakes! Set yourself up for success! KNOW yourself and your weaknesses and then conquer them! No matter what it is, you CAN overcome it! Stay out of the environments that will trigger you (and don't bring those things INTO your home environment to trip you up either!). If you don't want to binge on your trouble foods, DON'T BUY THEM! Don't even go down the aisle that those foods are in when you go to the store! Audit your thoughts (and your shopping cart) when you're browsing and don't sabotage yourself! Make the best choices possible and stop making excuses!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Remember to rely on God to give you the strength to resist temptation. Most of all, try to prevent temptation in the first place by keeping yourself away from the things that will trigger it. If that means you stop going to certain places, hanging around certain friends, or changing your routine, DO IT! Do what you have to do to change your life and be the best that you can be! Be infused! God bless you!

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