Diligence in goal setting and game planning
“Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.”
Habakkuk 2:2, NKJV
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic and power in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe
Hopefully you’re following this series. By now, you should have a good idea of where it is you want to go. Now the question – how to get there?
Proper planning is essential to our success in anything. Think about the last recipe you followed – you had a vision of the delicious baked good (hey, I could be talking about some really tasty chicken, here! What did you imagine?) And then followed (hopefully) the recipe you had for it. It had a list of ingredients, prep instructions, cooking/baking instructions, and, more than likely, an estimated time for prep and cooking. If we didn’t have the complete instructions, how else would we get the end result?
It’s fantastic to think about where we want to go and to always remember that – but we also need to have a set specific plan to get there. I am running the NY Marathon in November. I need to have a training plan to know when to start training, how many days a week I will run, how many miles I will run, both on certain days and weekly, as well as what specific run workouts and times I need to be running – in order to achieve my goal.
This type of planning can be organized in every area of your life. Did you just move? Alright – I’m pressing on this one .. how long ago did you move? Have you cleared out all the boxes? Are you really truly completely settled in, or are there things still “on the back burner” to get, you know, on that proverbial “rainy day?” Set a goal to have the new place done, painted, decorated, organized, whatever, by “x” date. Maybe it’s a month from now. Maybe it’s 3 months from now! Either is fine, as long as it aligns with your priorities. (More on BALANCE to come!) So you now have a goal – how are you going to get there? Work backwards and make a list of all that needs done in that timeframe. Make a timeline, if you need to, if it helps you, visually.
Clarity comes with planning. What once was frustration or stress, becomes visibly doable.
© 2014 Aubrey L Eicher