Staying On Task
Goals can be hard to accomplish when we lack the wherewithal to get started, or if we are distracted by the desire to see the end result alone. Often, the steps taken is what conditions us to be thankful for what we achieve, but we don't always recognize that at the time. We zoom past, expecting the accomplished goal to fulfill us, only to be sorely disappointed when it doesn't. Why is that?
Truly, the adage "nothing ventured, nothing gained" can be applied here as we look at what it means to venture, and what gain is. To venture is a journey, which could include a decision, an act of faith, or a responsibility kept. Sometimes these ventures may seem mundane, boring, and by rote. Other times, they give us a feeling of exhilaration, leaving us wanting for more. Gain, therefore, is what is learned and applied for having followed through with the ventures to the best of our abilities. So while anyone can seem to "gain" on the surface by meeting a goal, it's only when that goal changes us and influences us to handle future tasks that gain shapes the outlook of our lives.
We all have goals, both short- and long-term, ranked according to what we hold important. Spending time with God or loved ones, cleaning the house, being healthier, or even preparing for a new career are all admirable goals...but what are you going to do about them?
"Commit your way to the Lord..." Psalm 37:5
- Make the commitment. No matter what goals you have in mind, you have to be realistic about doing them. The best way for Christians to get plugged in is by first and foremost turning your plans over to God, and realizing that by being faithful TO God, He will in turn be faithful to YOU.
- List and obtain your tools. What supplies or prep work must get done? Does it involve any homework on your part? Take an inventory and make sure not to overlook what you already might have at your disposal.
- Recruit help. Do you need the skills or talents of others to help your venture move forward? Be open to suggestions or warnings that others may give you based on experiences they may have had, that could help you on your own journey.
- Surround yourself with motivation. Do you work better by listening or seeing something inspiring? Music, scripture, posters, and your surroundings can all make the difference between dreams and reality in every move you make.
- Keep it simple. Whether you have one goal or several, they are more readily accomplished when broken into smaller, more manageable steps, so that each move you make becomes intentional and therefore an integral part of what you are doing.
By giving your all into whatever tasks you have at-hand, you will find more satisfaction with what you have, plus what you have gained, rather than be fooled into what you think will make you happiest ONE DAY. Enjoy the journey of LIFE this is unique to YOUR purpose and calling.
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