We all have been facing issues sometimes, and it reaches a point we just want to move on with our lives. Maybe we feel stuck because of what have happened to us; we are left we so much wounds that we don’t know how to heal them or get through them or put behind all the bad memories that we want to let go of. Maybe we have been having bad breakups, or went through trials and tribulations, and we just want to start afresh and work on the damage it has left us. We have got all these loads, issues, we feel beat down, but we still have some strengths left, and courage to want to move on with our lives to do something to change our lives.
Well, it’s time to move on with your life. One day at a time, by taking small steps at a time, inch by inch, life is a cinch. And here’s how you can do it.
- Don’t think, just start doing it
Don’t think so much and analyzing how long and how hard things are going to be in order to turn around things. Whatever you can do, however small it is, just do it. Most of us think more about our problems than actually doing something to solve those problems. We think too much about them, and when we do that we can make our situations more badly than we thought of. Instead, we need to be doing more than thinking. Just take the first step; small or big it doesn’t matter as long as you take your steps one by one. And don’t give up just because it will take time to accomplish it. Remember now, most things take time to accomplish them. Besides, the time will pass anyway, and you will wish you started today.
- Create future goals
There is light at the end of the tunnel. This is how I got started; I started a dreams and goals book, actually a notebook. I wrote down my dreams and goals that I want to see come true later on in my life. I added some pictures on them, and also created a roughly plans for them, the action steps for me to take on daily basis to make them realities. Each time I look at my dreams and goals, I have something to look forward too, to keep me going and continue fighting. Each morning I wake up, I know I have things I have to do, and look forward to see accomplished. You can also start a healthy new hobby; maybe start your own blog, or a podcast, or YouTube channel, or a book reading club and invite your friends, colleagues, or join a Bible study group, and so on. It will bring the freshness that you may temporary need into your life.
- Pray and cast your cares upon the Lord
In the Bible in the book of Psalm chapter 55 verse 22, it says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” Another translation says, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
Reach to God for comfort and solutions. My best decisions I have ever made in my worst times was to reach to God, and it is why I am still here, still standing. Believe me, if it wasn’t for God to carry me through, I don’t know how I would have made it going through what I’m going through or have been through. Things will not disappear overnight, but you will make some progress. Life is about making some progress, good progress. I love this song that says, “I have a Father. He calls me His own. He’ll never leave me, no matter where I go. He knows my name. He knows my every thought. He sees each tear that falls, and hears me when I call.”
- Choose to forgive
I don’t think that forgiveness is earned, I think it’s given. And the only way I see forgiveness can be easily given, is when you decide to forgive the other out of your generosity, especially when you know you need it more than you need to be right. When you forgive someone, you are only doing yourself a favor. It’s not good for your health, especially emotionally. It will ruin your joy, and it will create more other negativity things you may not want in your life. As they say, “Being resentful, angry, and unforgiving, both are like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
In the book of Matthew chapter 18, verses 21 to 22, it says, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” If the Lord Jesus said it, then it means it’s possible. Even though it may be hard to forget, but it’s possible to forgive, to let go of all the anger and bitterness against someone, or a situation, and not let it stress you out like it has been doing.
- Seek counseling
In whatever area you may need. Seek counseling for emotional healing, relationship, career advice, or life in general. Seek godly counseling; we have Pastors who can counsel us free of charge. But you can also seek a life couch, marriage counselor if it is about your marriage; join a support group if it is about addiction, if you have depression, you can go to therapy and counseling for depression. If it’s financial issue, seek a financial adviser and planner, for personal or business finance. It may cost you a little bit, but if you think it’s worth it for your major change in your life, then go for it.
- Decide you are going to be joyful
Regardless of how bad your circumstances or situations maybe, decide to look at things on the bright side. In the Bible we are taught to rejoicing in trials, and count all joy, when you meet trials of various kinds. You know, there is a slightly difference between joy and happiness. Happiness comes from your comfort, both inward and outward circumstances; joy comes from what you know and the inward disposition of your mind, and not necessarily on the outside circumstances. When things are not working and you decide to be joyful regardless, it becomes your strength. For us Christians, we are told to have joy because we know we have a God of restoration, and we know what His promises say in the Bible. He can restore things, or make things new. Each day can be another chance for a new beginning.
There you have it. Six tips to help you start moving on with your life. And the best way to start is by taking the first step. Depending on your circumstances, it can be anything; maybe to pray to God to intervene in your life and help you by establishing your plans and steps. It can be to buy a notebook for you to start writing down your aspirations, your future goals and dreams. You can also start journaling and capturing your thoughts patterns. But also start listening podcasts and reading books of positive and faith building messages. Some people I heard they write down on paper, the things they are angry at, their resentments and bitterness, and destroy the paper as their sign to let go, and never to look back on them again. Whatever way may work for you, the important thing is just take that first step. And the rest will work out as you continue taking more steps in your journey of picking up of what is left and moving forward in your life.
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