First, ask yourself this question.

As someone who can easily entangle myself with the what-ifs, should have, would have, could have scenarios of life, Andy Stanley’s Ask It was penned perfection for me. Instead of tossing my head back and forth wondering what to do or comparing my situation to that of my peers or heroes, Andy sets a new premise for navigating through your life. “In light of my past experience, current circumstances, and future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do?” This question not only resets the context to focus on the realities of my life, but it helps eliminate a lot of dumb decisions.

While I could easily brush off what I know to be factually true (for example, I need to run regularly to build my endurance), in the context of this question I have to thoughtfully consider my choices in a new scheme. If I want to be faster, I can’t sleep in late and miss my run. It’s easy to push the snooze button, but in the context of the question I have to acknowledge that I will never reach my future hopes and dreams if I continue to follow that pattern.

Small choices lead to a life lived. Small deposits of time and effort over my life will have a cumulative result. So in light of my past, present and desired future, what is the smartest thing for me to choose in this moment?

Whether it’s relationally, physically, professionally or spiritually, this question can push the reset button on the context of decision making to render a new mindset. It definitely helped me realign things that had been out of context for a while.

One exercise that he gives in the book is to write down those fours areas (relationally, physically, professionally or spiritually) in one column on a piece of paper. Next, write down one thing that you could do consistently over the coming year to reach your desired outcome in each of those areas. Your past, present and future are the dictates, not the life that someone else is living.

It’s been a game changer for me, folks. It’s one of the reasons that I am part of this program.

Once you read through it, it’s a simple premise. But often times those are the ones that make the most impact.

If you’re curious to read it for yourself, you can download the first chapter for free.