One of the most sobering thoughts I have ever been confronted with is this. “What you are now going to be you are now becoming.” You are now, this moment, exactly what you have been in the process of becoming all your life.
Are you now the person you dreamed about becoming? If you had written down several years ago exactly the type of person you wanted to be now, what kind of a person would you have described? How close are you to becoming that person?
What kind of a person do you want to be a year from now? Or two years from now? Or five years from now? Or 10? Or 20? Right now you are in the process of becoming the person you will be in a year, or two, or five, or 10, or 20 years from now. The habits you have now will determine the kind of person you will become unless you change those habits now.
What attitude would you like to have someday? The attitude you have now is a good indication of the attitude you will someday have, unless right now you begin to develop a new kind of attitude.
If you are not now doing those things you need to do become what you want to become, what makes you believe that you ever will?
Do you have situations or circumstances that are preventing you from becoming what you want to become? Those situations and circumstances will pass but they will be replaced by new situations or new circumstances. If you become a better (or different) kind of person, you better get started now. You cannot wait for situations or circumstances that are just right.
Have you ever told yourself, “Someday I am going to begin to save money on a regular basis?” Are you saving now? If you are not now, you probably won’t ever…unless you begin now. It will never be easier, even if your income doubles or triples. It will never be any easier, even if you someday earn ten times as much as you do now. Saving money regularly has little to do with income. It relates to the decisions you make. If you want to develop a good savings account, you better begin now. In all probability, it is now or never.
Do you plan on having good “work habits” someday? Do you now have good “work habits?” If not, you probably never will…unless you are willing to develop them right now. What you are someday going to be, you are now becoming.
Maybe you have said, “Someday, I am going to set aside time to read the Bible and pray everyday.” Why someday? if you are not willing to set aside time now, you probably won\’t do it someday. If you plan to ever begin, you better start forming the habit today. May years ago Spence Hays asked me, “Jim, kind of person do you want to be in five years. What kind of husband do you want to be? What kind of father do you want to be?” I answered Spencer by telling him the kind of person I wanted to become. I told him what I wanted to become as a husband and a father. Spencer then told me one of the one of the most frightening things I have ever heard. He said, ” What you someday going to be you are now becoming.” Then he asked me , “If you are not willing to do those things now, what makes you think you ever will?” I resolved then to begin doing those things which would enable me to become the person, the husband and the father I want to become.
We are faces with a choice. We can either begin to do those things that will enable us to become what we someday wan to become…or we can learn to live to regret it. I would prefer to do even those very difficult tasks that will enable me to become what I want to become than to live with regret. Every time you do those things you know nought to do, you feel good about yourself. When you do not do what you ought to do, you feel bad about yourself. Either way you are in the process of becoming what you are someday going to be.
Albert Gray said, “The secret of success of every man who has ever been successful lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do.” To become what we want to become requires forming the habit of doing the right things, the things failures don’t like to do. The best time to begin forming a good habit is right now.
We are now, deliberately and consciously, choosing to become what we want to someday be, or we are unconsciously making the choice. Either way we are in the process of becoming what we are someday going to be. King David in the Old Testament deliberately sought God’s will in most facets of his life and become a great man. He apparently did not consciously decide what kind of a father he would become.
As a result, his children where the cause of much sorrow. One of his sons gathered an army to overthrow him. Another son raped his own sister. The son who committed the the rape was murdered by another of David’s sons. You are now in the process of becoming the person you’re someday going to be.
I’ve had the privilege of hearing many outstanding success stories. The achievers of these successes invariably stated, “I decided to.” Immediately after deciding, they took action that enabled them to begin achieving that which they decided to do. It is through action that we become.
This world is littered with failures. These people did not intend to become what they are. They intended to achieve great things. They intended to become much more than average, but they wanted the right set of circumstances.
What are people waiting for? Children are waiting until they finish school. Adults are waiting until they get promoted. Middle age people are waiting until they can retire. Many are waiting for circumstances to be “normal.” In the process of waiting they are becoming what they are some day going to be, even though it is not what they intend to become. Life doesn’t wait. You’re right now, becoming what you are someday going to be. What are you doing right now to become what you are someday become? Losers don’t intend to become losers. They become losers while waiting for circumstances to get right. Winners don\’t wait. They do what it takes to become what they want to become. They do it now.
“If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you do not, you don’t; If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t, it’s almost a cinch you won’t; If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost. For out in the world you’ll find success begins with a fellow’s will; it’s all a state of mind.”
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