Recently I was speaking with a friend about success and overcoming life’s problems. We were sitting at my desk and I had my computer open to where you could see the contents of my thumb drive that I carry. He noticed “Matt’s Daily Confessions” and questioned me about what is on this file.
My Answer to him was “everyone needs to coach themselves up in the morning”. I went on to explain that there are areas in my life that I am working on becoming better. Matt’s Daily Confession is a list of scriptures that speak to those areas I want to improve. Every morning I read this list to help me renew my mind, think better about myself and improve in the area’s which need to be developed and strengthened.
I believe everyone should have a plan of self-improvement. Just like in sports when you need encouragement and motivation, the coach gives you an inspirational talk. With that same concept, here are four steps that anyone can take to coach themselves like a pro.
Like anything in life, we have to know what the issues are before we can find the solution. Take some time to identify areas that need improvement or areas you’re struggling in.
Questions to ask:
- Do I struggle with money
- Do I lose my temper easily
- Have I let myself go and need to get into shape
- Do I need to forgive and let go of hurts
- Am I addicted to something
I would recommend focusing on just a few things at a time. Don’t beat yourself up, instead coach yourself up. We all can improve; perfection is not what we are aiming for, but growth.
Now that you have identified the problems or issue, the next step is to ask questions.
- Ask yourself, do I really want to make this change.
- Am I willing to stick with it
- What will it be like once I improve in this area
- What if I don’t improve in this area
- Is there a pastor, friend or loved one that can I be accountable to
These are just a few types of questions you can ask. The whole goal of this exercise is to get focused and committed. This is not a onetime quick fix; this becomes a new routine in your life for the rest of your life. I don’t want to give you the impression that this happen suddenly, but rather gradual.
3. Seeking Solutions
From the beginning of this article I mentioned that I use scriptures to create my positive confessions.
Tools to Use:
For example, let’s assume I struggle with anger; I do a Google search on “bible verses about Anger Management”
The results come back with 51 bible verses about anger management. Out of those 51 verses, I then find about 2-3 scriptures that I relate to.
- James 1:19-20 Know this, my beloved brothers; let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
- Proverbs 16:32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit then he who takes a city
4. Implementing the Solution
I believe Nike has captured the best saying “JUST DO IT”. When is the best time to start this? NOW! There is no time like the present; start as soon as you can.
A Coach Will Tell You:
- Just swing
- Put the puck on the net
- Pass the ball
- Get in the game and something will happen.
Create a confession sheet to read daily!
Confessions to Overcome Anger:
- I am quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. I produce the righteousness of God in my life by how I act. James 1:19-20
- I am slow to anger and I am strong, because I trust God I rule my spirit well. Proverbs 16:32
- “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than anything on which it is poured. –Mark Twain “
Doing these four simple steps can help anyone coach themselves like a pro. I have used these simple steps over and over to help myself to overcome many issues and struggles in my life.
I would love to hear from you, and find out what things you have done to find success in your life.