What I’ve Learned About Goals After 100 Posts

goalsWell, I guess I did it.

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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Exponential 13 “Round-Up” Week: Self-Leadership

I am hanging out at the Exponential Conference this week with about 6,000 other church planters. The conference is once again sold out. So if you want to go in 2014 you’d better register early. exponential

I’ll be taking good notes at Exponential and I will undoubtedly return with a ton of material to write about.

So I thought it would be a good week to “Round-Up” some of my favorite and/or most popular posts.

Today, I’ve linked to some of my popular posts about SELF-LEADERSHIP.

Want help in learning to REST better? Read this.

Want help in identifying your WHO? Read this.

Want help STAYING INSPIRED? Read this.

See you when I get back from Exponential!

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Exponential 13 “Round-Up” Week –Interviews with Church Planters

I am hanging out at the Exponential Conference this week with about 6,000 other church planters. The conference is once again sold out. So if you want to go in 2014 you’d better register early. exponential

I’ll be taking good notes at Exponential and I will undoubtedly return with a ton of material to write about.

So I thought it would be a good week to “Round-Up” some of my favorite and/or most popular posts.

Today I’ve Rounded-Up some interviews with church planters. My goal during these interviews is to showcase planters and ask them questions with you in mind. They are learning valuable lessons in the field that can help all of us.

Do me a favor and take a moment to pray for these planters, their families, and their teams.

So without further ado…

Here is PART ONE and PART TWO of my interview with Dave Jane. Dave is planting a church in Washington, Illinois.

Here is Part ONE and Part TWO of my interview with Eric Metcalf. Eric is planting a church in the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park.

Here is my interview with Matt Miller. Matt planted a church in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Here is my interview with Jon Peacock. Jon planted a church in Roselle, a suburb of Chicago.

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Exponential 13 “Round-Up” Week: Nuts and Bolts

I am hanging out at the Exponential Conference this week with about 6,000 other church planters. The conference is once again sold out. So if you want to go in 2014 you’d better register early. exponential

I’ll be taking good notes at Exponential and I will undoubtedly return with a ton of material to write about.

So I thought it would be a good week to “Round-Up” some of my favorite and/or most popular posts.

Today, I’ve linked to some of my popular Nuts and Bolts posts.

Want help running an effective LAUNCH TEAM meeting? Read this.

Want help to run an effective TEAM HUDDLE? Read this.

Want help BUILDING MOMENTUM during pre-launch? Read this.

See you when I get back from Exponential!

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“Wanna Play Catch?” (Learning to Stay Available)

I admit it, I am not the world’s biggest sports fan.

I love soccer and a distant second is baseball. I’ll watch football but I am usually bored by halftime. I wish I liked sports more. I don’t. And I am OK with that.

I am more of a solo sport guy. Running is my kind of thing. Cdcatch

But I have a problem. My sons are taking to sports more. Cormac (my 9 year-old) loves baseball and my son Declan (13) is taking an interest in basketball. So I am trying to be a good Dad and find ‘sporting’ ways to connect with them. We’ve gone to Sporting KC games and have even got in a Royals game already.

Speaking of baseball–since the start of the season, Cormac is always asking me to play catch. Just the other day he came inside the house and said, “Dad, it’s time to play catch with me.”

Now, truth be told I was reading a great book and had no desire to go out. (Did I mention it was a really good book?) But I have this rule that whenever my kids request to spend time with me, I drop whatever I am doing and do it. So we grabbed out mitts and headed outside.

While we tossed the ball back and forth catch, Cormac admitted he was really scared about the school talent show.  He passed the audition (he’s singing the Bruno Mars tune “Count on Me”) but now the reality of singing in front of the entire school terrified him. He wasn’t sure he wanted to do it anymore.

So I asked him questions and tried to affirm him. I told him he has a great voice and that he’s already proven his courage by trying out. And I told him how proud I am of him for trying.

This unexpected opportunity to play catch with Cormac was also an opportunity to step right into the middle of his life. I wasn’t expecting to deal with his fears that evening. But while we tossed the ball back and forth I affirmed him and encouraged him.

Sure, I might have overheard that Cormac was afraid of singing in the talent show from my wife. (The kids tell her everything anyway.) I could have sat down and talked to Cormac about his fears. But our conversation wouldn’t have been as open and fluid and honest. It would have been on my terms, when it was convenient for me. Not his. And it wouldn’t have been the same.

At the end of our conversation he told me he wanted to stay in the contest–at least for now.

So what’s all of this got to do with church planting?

I am learning to stay available to the people around me and I’d encourage you to do the same. We must make space to “play catch” with the people on our teams or people we serve. We must always choose people over our agendas and programs and to-do lists. Sure it can be hard, but we must never forget that people are the point of everything. People matter to God. mitt and glove

The people on our teams need to be encouraged and affirmed. They have stuff they’re dealing with and they would love your insight. But they’re not going to call and ask you to sit down and talk about it. You need to be available play catch with them and give them the space they need to talk.

What about your? When do you just make time to listen to people on your team? Maybe you should find time to simply play catch?

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