A new day, a new month, what choices are you going to make for a better you moving into the future? The choices you make create habits. These habits dictate your responses. Your responses, more often than not, are the result of what? Is it not your feelings and what you think you perceive about the environment and situations of your life? How many times have you heard, or even said, “I don’t feel like . . .?”
The question so often asked, “How are you?” is generally considered to be a feelings question and people respond accordingly. Make a choice to start interpreting this question as an opportunity to declare a statement of faith and belief, rather than as a feelings response. Acknowledge this question by what God’s word says about you, rather than how you feel in the moment.
When you meet someone you have a choice in how you respond. Seize the moment and launch an opportunity to inaugurate a beneficial change in the life of others. Stop asking, “How are you?” and create new interaction questions which will draw out answers which move others away from their feelings, which are often negatively controlling their lives. Get them to think beyond their momentary feelings to a more solid foundation built upon God’s Word.
Shifting your own habits on how you make contact with others may take conscious competency training, but in the long term, you will benefit and so will they.
Ask questions like, “What is the best thing that has happened in your day?” “What are you hoping for, trusting, or believing (pick one of these) to happen this week?” In response to the question, “How are you?” thrown your way, consider responses like, “Terrific,” “Blessed,” “Good and getting better.” It is your Choice, Launch an Opportunity to Inaugurate Beneficial Change in your life and that of others.