How do you treat the things in life that you value the most? Your family, health, faith, or finances? As I pondered this question recently, I decided that the question starts a bit higher in the order of things. We don’t change our behavior or impression about something or someone until we let it marinate around in our head.
The best Christmas gift I can offer you is a word of encouragement: your mind and the thoughts that permeate it have incredible power. Your thinking can change your future. Conversely, a sedentary mind leaves a wasted existence. This Christmas find some quiet time away from the noise that competes for your attention.
Invest in a solitary moment to reflect on the question above. What do you think are most important in your life? How much thought have you given to this list? What is the result of your thoughts and decisions this year? What choices can you exert control over and what differences can you expect to make if you change your thinking about the things you value most?
Superficially, this has nothing to do with money and yet everything to do with it. A significant investment in clear-headed thinking will produce more life change than any stock or bond investment. The Good Book states it this way in Romans 12:2, "Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." Stephen Covey called this exercise, “Begin with the end in mind.” I think it’s a good way to end the year too.