BEGIN: The Way to Reach Your Goals

Do you have dreams or goals you are trying to reach? 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.

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. You can modify, change, re-evaluate and begin again.  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 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.  He 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.

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?

You need to BEGIN.

Brain storm, Enumerate, Get to work, Invest, and Nab Success!

 

BRAINSTORM.

What is your goal?  What is your dream?  What are you trying to accomplish?  Do a brain “dump” and list all those ideas that have been bouncing around in your head.  You will feel better just getting all that down on paper, or onto a document.  You may not be able to do it all 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.

ENUMERATE.

Write out the steps you need to follow to reach your goal, even if your list is 100 items long.  Or 2000 items.

GET TO WORK.

Spend some time each week working on it.  Intentionally set aside 15 minutes a day or a scheduled one hour a week to start doing the things on your list.   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.

INVEST.

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.  If you stop, just start again.  Paulo Coeho, an accomplished novelist, says:

“Success is falling down 7 times but getting up 8!”

Nab Success.

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?  Rah!  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?

Begin: crocus in spring

What project would you like to see Goal Accomplished take on?  Comment below with your suggestions.

 

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