This is the 100th post of Mission Glue. And in case you think this post is going to be all about me, keep reading. I’ve learned a thing or two about achieving goals and that’s what I want to send your way.
Because I know you have goals. And I want to help you achieve them.
For 5 years I planned to start my blog. I bought a few domain names and I sketched out post ideas. I sensed that I was learning a thing or two about church planting that I needed to pass along. But none of this ever seemed to be enough motivation for me to start writing. So I didn’t and I would get frustrated with myself and feel negative.
Ditto this in many areas of my life.
That changed last summer after the death of my little brother Michael. Once the pain and misery of his death had subsided a little I realized that tomorrow IS NOT promised to us. No–really. I mean we know this right, but how many of us actually live out each of our days accordingly? I certainly wasn’t.
I prayed and examined my life and started making some changes. I soon realized that I needed to be writing.
So I decided on a writing goal. I would write 3 times per week no matter what. I would do this until I had written 100 posts. After 100 posts, I gave myself permission to stop.
Here we are–100 posts. I am reporting that I’ve met my goal. Yeah! (Seriously, it feels great!)
And I’ve learned a few things about goals during the process that I thought might help you…
- Write down your goals. I wrote my 100 post goal in my journal and kept coming back to it when I needed to be reminded and/or inspired.
- Ensure your goals are manageable. I thought it was doable to write 3 posts per week.
- Work HARD toward your goals. I know right. But it’s the simple and honest truth. I’ve had to write no matter what. Late night, early morning…during lunch. Achieving your goals is going to take work.
- Honor God with your goals. I seek to honor God with all areas of my life. That means I submitted my goals to Him in prayer and meditation before I set them for myself. There’s no use in me pursuing goals that don’t honor Him.
- Goals take time. So much of us wants immediate satisfaction. That doesn’t work when it comes to goals. Worthwhile goals take time.
- Goals take trust. You’ve got to trust that your goals are worthwhile. And you’ve got to be consistent about them. I’ve had to learn to trust that blogging was a worthwhile goal even when it didn’t seem to be the case. Some days it’s felt like it wasn’t worth it. (Keeping a blog can feel lonely at times.) But I learned to trust in the goal and I am glad I did.
I know you have goals. I am sure some are big and some small. And I also suspect that you struggle to reach those goals. I really want to encourage you to go after them. Keep at it. Don’t give up.
(Oh yeah, I’ve set another goal and that’s writing another 100 posts so Mission Glue forges ahead!)
What goals have you set for yourself recently? What have you done to achieve them?
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