Now that we’ve had a week and then some to acknowledge and ‘believe’ that we’re really in 2020, lets jump right in to today’s Single Word Sunday.
So it’s a new decade and with this comes the all-expected excitement and newfound inspiration to do things differently, and get it right. Whether it’s the goal of starting a business, getting in the gym or improving our vocabulary, we are urged to take a stand and change the way we do things.
And granted, we all (at one point or another) will give into the hype. So much so, the cliché response to making a new years resolution is that’ll last no longer than 2 weeks.
And though this is the expected response year in year out, the least you can do (differently this year) is to write it down and make it plain.
And I say this because, from personal experience, the reason I never keep to whatever it is that are working towards, is due to a lack of a goal. And while I have no scientific research or experiments to ‘prove’ this, I think we can also learn from our experiences and encourage you step back and take a look at the things you’ve had as goals, and those you haven’t. If you happen to be one of the people whereby spontaneity has gotten you this far, then props to you, but we aren’t all wired that way.
And that’s okay.
But if you take nothing away from today, let it be this word – GOAL.
Chances are you too have seen (and heard) that ‘this year is your year’, or the ‘get your 2020 HD vision right’ and while this is all good and well (for the most part), come February many of us will do one of 2 things:
1) recycle our new year new me/new year new habits status and ‘re-start’ the year
2) give up on the dream altogether either due to lack of motivation or
But how about we skip to that part now?
Greg S. Reid said it well when he said:
“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal,
A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan,
A plan backed up by action makes your dream comes true.”
“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal, A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan, A plan backed up by action makes your dream comes true.”Tweet
As an English major, I just want to point out how each line starts with a verb, signalling to some sort of action. Here, it’s written, broken and backed up. To put it plainly, to achieve your dreams and meet your goals requires action and effort.
It’s simply not enough to just write them down. Though it’s a step in the right direction, it goes without saying that the plan needs to be coupled with action for it to work.
I remember (in my younger years, not that I’m that much older but before I was an official adult) I would think keeping all my ideas and plans in my head was an effective way of ‘managing’ them but I thank the Lord for growth because this was simply inefficient, for more reasons than we’ll get into today.
Naturally, we will want to offer all our excuses under the sun, or will choose not to exert any action once we can visualise the steep incline ahead of us, but babies don’t just up and walk do they? That’s why the baby step stage exists.
Taking a step (in the right direction) is a key ingredient to making progress. If we chose to start instead of:
-doing nothing due to fear
-waiting for the ‘perfect’ conditions to take action
Imagine how much closer to the finish line (of the end goal) we’d get?
Now I understand that may be are more than a few things that can hold us back when starting something we’ve never approached before, more often than not our mindset plays a role.
So with that, I encourage you to start thinking with the start mindset.
Till the next SWS (in Feb),