Your environment is very important

Your environment is important - very important. Have you ever noticed that when students want to work they go to the library where it’s quiet? There, other people are working and it’s full of books that have the information they need. Just being in an atmosphere where other people are being studios encourages them to study. When you go out to eat have you ever noticed the contrast between a fast food restaurant like McDonald's and a classy upmarket restaurant that may be five times the cost? McDonald's has bright lights and simple distinctive colours like red and yellow that say “Get some grub and get out!” While the more posh restaurant is filled with soft lights, beautiful pictures and expensive décor. It says “Stay a while, have some wine, relax...”

God has made you very unique and your daily focus and lifetime calling is continually influenced by your atmosphere and surroundings. Yes it’s true there are some things you cannot change, but there are many things you can change. You have to make changes to your daily surroundings to help motivate and keep you inspired. The best interior decorators are paid thousands per day because of the climate they help to create. Corporations invest thousands on office refurbishments because they’ve discovered that an employee’s surroundings can affect his or her mood and productivity. When Jesus wanted to spend time with His Father He woke up early and went to the mountains where it was quiet and far from distractions. He realised the importance of His surroundings in influencing His prayer time.

You can’t wait for anyone to change your environment, you must change it yourself. Everyone has their own problems and challenges and few people (if any) will ever come looking to try and help you change your environment. Creating an environment that helps to keep you productive and effective is a worthwhile investment. A basic stereo player might cost £50, but the ability to play tapes and CDs that inspire, uplift, encourage and teach is priceless. The right song can inspire you to get into the mood to exercise. The right word can help you take your focus off of your problems and onto God. Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint on four walls can make a room feel fresher, brighter and more inspiring, creating a better atmosphere for work or relaxation. A nice plant can bring a bit of life to a room. The right picture on a wall can help to realign your focus and influence the course of your thoughts.

Even as I’m writing this I’m sitting in front of a lake. It’s quiet, peaceful and inspiring. There are different species of birds and ducks swimming around, beautiful green trees, still waters and a light breeze. It’s quite serene when compared to the urban jungle. I had to choose to change my environment to get here and it’s worth it. Whether you realise it or not businesses are spending millions to try to influence your environment. From the billboards you pass on the road to the TV commercials that come on each hour. They’ve come to realise the power of the audible and visual world. You must make every effort to immerse yourself in an environment that will make you more successful. You have to test and experiment to discover what works for you. But you must guard, protect and build on your environment because it’s the next step to your effectiveness.

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back?” - W. Clement Stone


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