Do you have dreams or goals you are trying to acheive? Unless you begin to put some intention-ality to writing out the steps that it takes to meet those goals, unless you put a time-line of some kind on it, that kind of thinking will just weigh you down. To acheive your goals you need a good plan.
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Did you try something previously and it didn’t work?
Maybe you are sad because you have tried doing your “dream” thing, and it didn’t work out for you. You aren’t stuck with that result. Re-evaluation is important- do you dreams need a little tweaking? That is okay. Don’t stop dreaming-get a little more realistic and keep on going!You can modify, change, re-evaluate and begin again. You don't have to stay doing what you are doing.Click To Tweet
Just like Jon Acuff said in his book Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do work that matters , there is a special tone of voice you want to use when you say, How did I get here? You don’t want to wonder what happened to all those years of your life.
You want to be amazed at all you fit in to your life, all the amazing things you were able to do, the people you were able to help and then say, “Wow! How did I get here!!? This is amazing!”
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
Hunter S. Thompson: The Proud Highway, Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman (Note: I am not promoting this man’s writings, or lifestyle, but merely crediting him for this quote.)
I have also seen this quote personalized with a creative, coffee-loving twist,
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid into Heaven sideways, chocolate in one hand, latte in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, “Woo Hoo, what a ride!”
As Christians, we have a unique perspective on our lives here: we are servants of God, yet as His children He “loads us with benefits.” We are His workmanship, yet “accepted in the beloved.” We are being molded into God’s image, but also are already “clothed in righteousness.”
Let’s Enjoy Them!
God gives us good things to enjoy: the beauty of a sunset, the playfulness of a kitten, the fascination we have watching a hummingbird AND our own desires, abilities and joys. Those blessings, desires and abilities are given to us by God to enjoy. Let’s enjoy them!
Use Your Abilities
While there is a measure of self-denial in the Christian life, it doesn’t mean we can’t have fun, tell jokes, and enjoy our time here. It does mean we are separate from the world in that we are seeking personal holiness. Yet God Himself gives us gifts and talents that we can use to glorify Himself. Our creativeness that is shown in crafting can be a blessing to others. My friend has crocheted an afghan for every lady in our church. What do you like to do? How do you get started?
You need to BEGIN.
Brain storm, Enumerate, Get to work, Invest, and Nab Success!
What is your goal? What is your dream? What are you trying to accomplish? What are you goals? Write down your specific goals. Do a brain “dump” and list all those ideas that have been bouncing around in your head. You will feel better and more relieved just getting all that down on paper or onto a document. I like actually writing things down with a blue pen on lined paper. If you like typing your ideas out, that’s fine, too.
You may not be able to meet your goals today. For example- your “season of life” with toddlers is probably not the best time to start a bakery, but you can write your business plan now, try recipes out and be ready when the time comes. Your beginning may be only the first step, but it is affirming to start making the plans now for future success.
Write out the steps you need to follow to reach your goal, even if your list is 100 items long. Or 2,000 items. You need to get all that information out of your head. When it is all written down, or on your computer, prioritize your list. Re-write it 2 or 3 times if need be! This is very important. Doing each of these little steps is going to get you to your goal.
GET TO WORK.
Spend some time each day of every week working on meeting your goal. Working toward your goal a little every day is best. Intentionally set aside 15- 20 minutes every day to move that goal forward. After a month or two, you will have really put some time into meeting your goal. Now your actions show that you are really serious. Did you have to change a few things? That’s okay. When you get new information, you should make those modifications.
Warren Buffet, founder of Berkshire Hathaway and billionaire, says, “We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest.”
You can adjust along the way, research, and get all the framework in place. Your life-experiences, analysis and legwork during this time will be invaluable as you get the bigger picture of whatever project you are working on. Week after week, keep moving forward toward your goal. Go to the gym again. Get on the treadmill, again. Write some more. Take more pictures. If you stop, just start again.Paulo Coeho, an accomplished novelist, says: “Success is falling down 7 times but getting up 8!”Click To Tweet
The”instant” success of many is usually the sustained hard work of years that is finally noticed. Did you lose that weight? Hooray! Are you eating healthier? WooHoo! Did you get that job? RahRah! Did you start that business? Yay!
Adjust. Try again. Whether you have health goals you want to meet, a dream job you want to obtain, a hobby you want to turn into a business, a not-for-profit you want to start, a fundraiser you want to organize for mosquito nets in Africa to prevent malaria. . . go for it! Why not BEGIN now?
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