Ordain: /ôrˈdān/ – order or decree (something) officially.
Many times it feels as if the world is ACTING against you. As if keeping you down is a part of its agenda.
Rather, the world is slowly revealing itself to you. It’s up to you to respond to in a way that pushes you in the direction you want to go.
Your perception is your reality.
You DEFINE the moments in your life by how YOU perceive them. That’s not to say that bad things outside of your control don’t happen. It just means that you get to decide HOW they affect you.
Never allow outside forces to dictate how you feel on the inside. Only you have that power.
Read that again.
Stop giving your power away to things outside of your control. When you do that, you are potentially ceding control over to something that doesn’t have your best interest at heart.
I am not saying that you can’t trust anybody with your power because I myself do every single day. Why? Because she’s my wife. Together, we’re more powerful than we are apart.
While we are two separate people with different likes and dislikes we always make time to lean into the likes that we do share. This is the power of 2 over 1 vs 1 over 2. But that’s for another post.
Have you ordained your life?
No, I’m not talking in the minister sence, rather in the official decree sense. Each night before you go to bed follow this routine:
- Look back on your day and the things that didn’t go your way. How did you react to them? How could you have reacted better? What did you learn?
- Who did you give your power away to today? It could be slow moving traffic, a coworker, or even your spouse. In hindsight, what could you have done differently.
- List at least 5 things that happened that day that you are thankful for. List these outloud starting with “I am thankful for…”
- Ordain that tomorrow you’ll be in charge. That you make your day good or bad and that no outside force has power over your wellbeing.
This may all sound weird in the beginning and maybe a bit over simplified but if you keep doing this you’ll become more mindful of those moments that take away from your focus. You decide how each day is. From here on out know that YOU own your reactions.
You aren’t defined by the things that happen to you, you’re defined by how you react to those things.
Most of us spend our lives just spinning our wheels, never really getting the traction we used to long for. I say used to because most of us have stopped reaching for the stars by convincing ourselves that where we are is all we’ve ever really wanted.
Stop convincing yourself that you’re at good enough.
You’re only where you’re at because you stopped believing that you can and started believing the world telling you that you can’t.
Ordain your future. You’re the author of your own story after all.
This is powerful advice, and it is the central preoccupation of my life these days, clearing out all of the old, conditioned internal reactions that creep in to blot out the light.
Before I go to sleep each night I have a ‘Meeting of the Mind’ and we review matters of the day to pick out the gifts and strategize on any needed adjustments to fine-tune my perception for a better experience the next day.
We decide on what the day is going to be like, express gratitude right then for it, and clock out.
When my alarm goes off at 3:30 am, I wake up to the very day we as we ORDAINED it, and anything that pops up with a contradictory appearance, I no longer fall for the deceitful feeling that I’m the victim of it.
In fact, I’ve begun to intentionally view each and everything that happens with situations and people as EXACTLY what’s needed to live the way I have proclaimed.
When challenging moments occur, my duty then is to see it from the perspective that, in order to experience the day the way I’ve ordained, I must accept that the challenging moment is a gift to be used in making the proclamation a fact in reality.
Thanks for that wonderful post.
It’s simple in concept but powerful when you work it.
Do it enough and you’ll catch yourself as you begin to slip. You’ll be better equipped to handle all the things in daily life that want to pull you away from your focus.
As always, thank you for your valuable contributions!