Okay, so it’s a critical step I missed. Often.
But I discovered something amazing…when I spent a little time determining what I needed or was missing to reach my goals, I was much, much more successful.
Last year Tyler joined his high school’s wrestling team. It was a life-changing experience, and we’re both pumped for this season, especially since Zach is joining him!! GO PONIES! 🙂 #wrestlingmom
The team had tournaments almost every Saturday at schools I’d never been to—or hadn’t been to in a long time. I knew the general direction and address of where I was going, but nothing beyond that. And that’s not good enough. It’s just enough information to get me lost!
Like you, I didn’t need Google’s guidance close to home or in my surrounding community because I know the area. I live here. It’s my Home Base. My territory. However, once I was outside my comfort zone, it was a different story. I depended on Google’s turn-by-turn assistance to get me to my destination. Every. Single. Time. Oh, that doesn’t mean I didn’t have the app running from the time I pulled out of my driveway; I need to be sure I was going the right way out of town. It just means the directions weren’t quite so imperative until I was further out—in no-man’s land.
But beware of your comfort zone!
Our Comfort Zones is just that. Comfortable. Easy. It’s a place we tend to be more lax, complacent, and lazy. Where we put our feet up and take a load off. Things are easier in our comfort zone because we know the area. There’s not much new to discover or learn. Not much left to challenge us.
This is NOT a bad thing!
Our goals are outside of our comfort zone!In no-man’s land. In uncharted territory. In that place where grit, determination, fortitude, and a whole lot of prayer are required to achieve what we set out to do.
Friend, we need outside resources because let’s face it, if we could do it all alone, with our own ability and knowledge base, we would already be there. And like Google Maps, we’d be wise to have these resources running from the time we get out of our driveway.
We know our endpoint. This is the location we type into Google maps. What we don’t know, is how to get there. And that’s what we’re going to determine today and over the next several weeks. Starting with…
This is NOT an easy step!
Oh, how I know! My pride and ego balked at getting down to the nitty-gritty of my good, bad, and ugly. I often had to pray against my pride as I asked God to examine my heart and help me see what He found. But I’m glad I did it because it gives me confidence my Home Base is accurate. Now I’m ready to analyze my self-evaluation.
This is the exciting part because here we get to dream—and DREAM BIG.
We have the opportunity to seek God and ask Him where He is taking us and where He wants us to be. Friend, can I just say, His plans for you are so much bigger than yours are for yourself. His desires for you are beyond what you can fathom. And His purpose for you is more than you could ever imagine. Your goals should scare you a bit but also excite you down to your core! They should be a stretch, a challenge.
Tell God your dreams.
Say it. Out loud!
Say it again.
With confidence this time…
I know, it sounds elementary, but having a visual is important! It’s something physical you can hold, look at, and pray through. It’s something tangible you can lay at Christ’s feet as you seek Him through the whole process of goal setting and achieving. For some of you, this will look like a piece of art. Something beautiful you can hang on your wall. For others (like me) it may be a list written or typed on a page. For the rest of us, it’s somewhere in the middle.
This is your endpoint. Your destination. Your goal. HOWEVER, it’s not set in stone. Nor should it be. God may have other ideas He hasn’t shared with you yet. What you think your endpoint is may be close or just a stop on the way to things you have not even imagined yet. So be flexible but determined as you create momentum and move in that direction.
This is where it really gets exciting.
One of the areas I needed to work on is my physical health. I’ve had gut issues for a while as well as a dull headache that continuously lived in the back of my head along with several other issues. I was going about life at about 60-70% every day. And I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I knew I wasn’t in a good place and I needed to change the way I was doing things or I was going to have some serious trouble later.
When I did my self-evaluation I had to own several truths:
After my analysis I decided:
And I am so glad I did. I’ll share more about this when we get into that section of Goal Setting.
I also had to look at how this was going to affect (positive or negative) other areas and goals in my life
Again, I will share more on this later with more depth. But this is what I want you to do. Look at all of your goals for all areas of your life. See how things need to more and adjust to make time and space. (Don’t worry, we are going to start small. But right now, we are just laying out our map.)
Verses to write out in your journal and on separate 3×5 cards (pick one to memorize this week)
Proverbs 15:22; 16:3; 16:9; 19:21
Please share this post if it encouraged you. And let me know in the comments below how I can best serve you during this series.