Better Future Now Resolutions
Resolutions Necessary to Shape a Better Future Now
When I Get Knocked Down, I’ll Pick Something Up
Everyone gets knocked down from time to time. Setbacks and stepbacks are very much part of life.
In the middle of a worldwide pandemic, getting knocked down is becoming a global pastime. Setbacks and stepbacks are so frequent, it can feel like you’re walking backward. The future—and all our hopes and dreams—seem further out of reach with each brutal knockdown.
Remember, however, that shaping a better future starts with a decision: I will adapt and thrive. And the second step is a statement of intent: Nothing can defeat me without my permission.
The power to shape the future is then unlocked when I understand that my tomorrows arise out of the choices I make today.
Now, while this galvanises me into action, it doesn’t mean I won’t get knocked down again. It does, however, determine my response to the knocks I take.
Set on adapting and thriving, I adopt a new approach:
When I get knocked down, I’ll pick something up.
Firstly, I’m not staying down. Not a chance. I’m getting up again. I go again.
Secondly, I’m not getting up again empty-handed.
I’m going to learn from the experience. I’m going to turn every knockdown into a step forward. I’m going to view potential stumbling blocks as stepping stones. All of them.
Now I see so many stepping stones ahead of me, I’m set to overshoot all my goals. Bring it on!
Knock me down and I’m going to pick up something new.
I’m going to stand up stronger, wiser, better.
Not better than the next person, but better than I was. Humbled and more self-aware. More in touch with my own limitations and more grateful for those I lean on.
I’m going to stand up better prepared. Better equipped. More determined to thrive. More determined to shape a better future for all.
Say it with me: when I get knocked down, I’ll pick something up.
I go again.
My Future is Shaped by the Choices I Make in the Present
I’m not a product of my past. I’m not a victim of circumstance.
Yes, I’m influenced by the events of my past. And yes, I’m certainly affected by my present circumstances.
Today, in large part, I am living in the fruit of the seeds I sowed yesterday. That is, the choices I made, and continue to make, in response to past events have a far greater bearing on who I am than the events themselves.
Similarly, the choices I make in the face of my present circumstances have far more impact on the future I will inherit than the circumstances themselves.
And here is the truth I need to embrace (again and again):
My future is shaped by the choices I make in the present. My tomorrow is shaped by the decisions I make today.
It’s a truth as sure as sunrise. It is a truth that either works for me or against me.
My negative, bitter, selfish choices will shape one kind of future. My positive, gracious, kind choices will shape an entirely different kind of future.
And I get to decide what my future looks like.
In fact, my choices affect more than just me. They shape the future of my loved ones, too. And all those I influence in one way or another.
There was a time in my life when I came face to face with the harsh reality of the fruit I was reaping. It wasn’t pretty. Truth was, the seeds of my choices had produced something foul. Rotten and rank.
If you find yourself in a similar place today, remember that even at your very worst, good is just one decision away.
And when you back up one good, brave, selfless decision with another, you propel yourself on course for change and growth. Indeed, a lifestyle of good, brave and selfless choices creates an unstoppable force for shaping a better future.
Say it with me: my future is shaped by the choices I make in the present.
I’m not a product of my past. I’m not a victim of circumstance.
Nothing Can Defeat Me Without My Permission
The dogged tenacity of the human spirit is simply remarkable. We’re made of tough stuff.
Most of humanity’s incredible feats arose out of near defeat. And most notable triumphs occur against seemingly insurmountable opposition. Victory is so often snatched out of the jaws of death, the phrase itself is a cliché. We cheer for the underdog because there’s something in us that wants to defy the odds. To laugh in the face of adversity.
Some of my most rewarding, life-changing moments emerged out of my darkest times. I’m sure the same is true for you.
In the face of a challenge or obstacle, the only way is through it. This is true for smaller, everyday challenges. And it’s true for COVID-sized ones, too.
The first step forward is to make a decision: I will adapt and thrive. Regardless of what is thrown at me, I will adapt. I will thrive.
The second step is a statement of intent.
Nothing can defeat me without my permission.
Nothing. Nothing can get the better of me unless I allow it.
This isn’t wishful thinking. It’s the anthem of the unvanquished.
Yes, I cannot do anything about the hardship that affronts me or the adversity that assails me. But I can determine whether the hardship breaks me, or the adversity crushes my spirit.
I can withhold my consent. I can refuse to buckle. I can draw a line in the sand and say, “No further!”
And in pushing back, my confidence returns. My resolve grows. I gain renewed fortitude.
You can whip me, but you cannot defeat me. You can pound me, but you cannot subdue me.
I will win. I will thrive … and not just for me. I will play my part in making this world a better place. For my children and your children. For everyone.
Say it with me: nothing can defeat me without my permission.
I Will Adapt and Thrive
Every day, we make small adaptations in life.
Our 2:00pm appointment cancels on us at the last minute and we quickly make other plans. We adapt. We notice the tyre on our car has a slow leak. We adjust our schedule and get it fixed.
When forced into making too many adaptions in a short period of time, we get stressed. If the upheaval drags out for too long, we may even shut down, depressed. Pushed to the limit, we drain our mental and emotional capacity. Operating at the margins, we eventually run out of juice.
That said, there’s usually an end in sight. Leaning on family and friends, we learn to manage the adaptions required in life.
COVID, however, has not only challenged our capacity to manage frequent adaptions, but it has also forced wholesale adaption to life as we knew it.
And there seems to be no end in sight.
And our family and friends are also taxed to their limits.
We’re all operating at the margins. For so many, it’s a hellscape.
Many have suffered loss. Loss of loved ones. Loss of health. Loss of income. Loss of opportunity.
It goes without saying, the world wasn’t exactly in good shape before the pandemic struck. COVID has exacerbated the many problems that were already at toxic levels.
It has deepened distrust in the public officials and the mainstream media. It has widened the gap between the political left and right to the point that mask-wearing has become weaponised in a pandemic. It has acutely aggravated the disparity between the haves and the have-nots. Tribal and national divisions are sky-high. Us-Them thinking predominates. Battlelines are drawn everywhere. All nuance is lost.
I cannot recall a more critical time for our world in the fifty years I’ve lived. This is not the future I want my children to inherit.
There seems little one can do. But that’s not true.
There is much we can do, and it starts with a decision.
I’m going to adapt and thrive.
No matter what this COVID-riddled world throws at me, I’m going to find a way forward. Not just for me, but for anyone and everyone I can help.
Yes, the goal isn’t merely to survive. I’m going to thrive. To help shape a better future for all, nothing less than thriving will do.
Say it with me: I will adapt. I will thrive.
I will find a way.