Goals – Learning To Take The Steps That Fulfill The Creator’s Purpose!

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” -Larry Bird

The Scriptures teach us that setting and achieving goals is vital to living the life we were created for!  In 2 Chronicles 15:7 we read – “But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”  The work that we were created to accomplish in this life is meaningful and will lead to reward.

In Habakkuk 2:2-3 it says:  “And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”  We need to know what it is that we were created for and how to see the dream become reality.  This is what real and meaningful goals are all about.  It may take some time and a lot of effort, but it’s worth the work.

Proverbs 24:27 reminds us to:  “Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.”  Nothing significant and meaningful happens by accident.  We have to do our part and when we do our part, then we can rest confident that our Creator is going to do His!

In Luke 14:28 we are asked this important question:  “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?  We need to think about what we are going to do and how we are going to do it.  The process makes us better and allows the Spirit to flow to and through our ordinary, so that we might experience extraordinary.

And one of my favorites is found in Philippians 3:13-14, where it says:  “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  There is a goal and a series of little goals will hep to get us to the big goal of hearing our Creator say:  “Well Done!  Good And Faithful Servant!”

― John Bytheway, in his book – “How to Be Totally Miserable!” says:  “If you’re trying to be miserable, it’s important you don’t have any goals. No school goals, personal goals, family goals. Your only objective each day should be to inhale and exhale for sixteen hours before you go to bed again. Don’t read anything informative, don’t listen to anything useful, don’t do anything productive. If you start achieving goals, you might start to feel a sense of excitement, then you might want to set another goal, and then your miserable mornings are through. To maintain your misery, the idea of crossing off your goals should never cross your mind.”  You don’t have to do anything to be miserable, but if you want a better and blessed life, then you have got to get you some goals and the right goals at that!

“If you’re bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things, you don’t have enough goals.”   ― Lou Holtz  If you allow life to happen, it will happen and you will totally miss it.  This is why goals are so important.  We need the right goals to pull, push, motivate and encourage us into the direction that we were created for.

I love the conversation between the Cheshire Cat and Alice in ― Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland:

“Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

The question we need to answer is this:  “Do You Have Goals?”  I have found that most people can and will make something up.  Most people have goals of some sort, but they are often vague not very powerful!

Are your goals about having or being?  Most people have goals about what they want.  A bigger house, faster car, better paying job, prettier girlfriend, more handsome boyfriend.  But this is not really meaningful and life changing.  

Being Goals Are The Real Deal!  Having stuff does not lead to happiness, but changing your thoughts does, and this is why we need to focus on developing “being” goals, rather than “having” goals.  I am discovering that when we fix the “be”, we will have the “have”!

Goals bring tension into our life and the right kind of tension is a good thing!  When we stretch a rubber band between the pointer finger on our left hand and on our right hand, we can feel the tension.  Think of the left hand as where your life is right now and think of the right hand as where your life needs to be.  Feel the tension?  The tension is created by the space or distance between where you are and where you need to be.

We don’t like the tension, but the tension is good for us!  We try to get rid of it with fill in’s, like tv, internet, drugs, alcohol and etc… All of which are really just time wasters.  

Be honest about where you are!  And get excited about going somewhere better!  Set the goals, take the steps and enjoy the journey to that more extraordinary place that you were created for.  When we move toward our ideal and our ideal moves toward us – it’s magic!

Norman Vincent Peale taught that “What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.”

And so, I ask you:  What Are Your Goals?  Seriously stop for just a moment and think about it:  What is your most important goal and what is a step you can take toward it? 

A limp rubber band is not fulfilling its purpose! Stretching is the purpose of the rubber band!  If it become too stretched it will snap and break, and what good is a broken rubber band?  What do you do with a broke rubber band?

We need to work for the right stretch zone, because this is really where the fun is!  The space between where we are and where our Creator is taking us, is a fun and magical place where the incredible and unexplainable can take place.  Goals allow faith to show up, show out and take us places.

So how do I figure out my goals?  Start with this question:  “What does the ideal life look like for me?”  We are not talking about some pie in the sky idea of life, or someone else’s ideal.  What does the ideal life look like for you?

We often fail to ask ourself these kinds of questions and miss out on setting and accomplishing meaningful goals for a variety of different reasons and here are just a few:  1. We are not serious!  We think about it, but do not really believe it can make a difference.  2. We don’t understand or believe in their importance!  Our lack of understanding/belief produces a lack of motivation, which keeps us stranded on the side of the road of life.  3. We don’t know how to do it!  We pretend we do and ultimately end up doing nothing.  4. We don’t take the time to do it!  We know it’s important, but never make it a priority.  5. We let fear take over! We are afraid that we will fail of afraid of what others might think.  All of this holds us back and keeps us down.  6. We won’t risk failure!  To move forward, we have to be willing to step out on faith and take a chance.  7. We don’t stick with it!  We often start, but end up not finishing.  What a sad waste!

Let’s Set Some Goals!  Here are five areas to get you started:
-Physical =

-Spiritual =

-Mental =

-Financial =

-Emotional =

Once you’ve got some goals on paper, now take some time to give your goals to God!  If He gives them back to you, then go for them and enjoy living blessed!

Purpose – Learning To Live According To The Creator’s Plan!

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Scriptures Teach Us That Purpose Is Vital To Living Life!  In Proverbs 29:18 it says:  “Where there is no vision (purpose), the people perish!”  Many people are alive, but they are not really living.  We tend to have all kinds of ideas and plans, but we don’t always do so much with them.  “Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand!  -Proverbs 19:21  What really matters, is the purpose/plan that we were created by and for.  Our Creator created us on purpose and for a purpose as stated in Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  And when we live according to His purpose for us then, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28

The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius said:  “Everything – a horse, a vine – is created for some duty…  For what task then, were you yourself created for?  A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for.”

The Question then is this:  “What Is Your Purpose?”  I have discovered that I along with most other folks can make something up.  There is only a handful that have actually thought it through and are living the life they were created for.

When we ask and answer the question “What is my purpose?”, it changes our life for the better, by helping us to tap into God’s unlimited resources and divine potential.  You have to make a choice about what you want out of life and what you are willing to do about it.

 

“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you will be unhappy for the rest of your life.  It seems that the necessary things to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.” -Abraham Maslow “Motivation & Personality”

Questions Are A Very Important Part Of Purpose.  So, let’s start with a few:

*What inspires you?  *What is your purpose?  *What is your high calling?

God has given each of us strengths, experiences, passions and gifts that blend together to help us lead an amazing and productive life.  Living a life of purpose is not a some day in the sweet by and by, when I figure this thing out, I will be happy…

Living a life of purpose is knowing our highest purpose and fulfilling the ultimate goal of plugging into what we were created for.  Living the life you were created for is true happiness.

We All Have A Unique Purpose!  And the way to connect to our purpose by connecting to our higher power!  To do this we need to work to discover and understand our gifts and purpose!  We need to figure out how to use our gifts in service to others!

Here’s A Powerful Question:  ”If you had all the time and money in the world, what would you do?”  Let me share a secret – if your answer is about you, then you missed it!

Steps To Finding Your Purpose:  Ask and answer the big questions.  Here are “Five To Make You Alive!”:

1.  How can I use what I am good at in service to self, family, community and the world?

2.  What does my ideal day look like?

3.  What would I do, if I was not scared?

4.  What is it that I and only I can do?

5.  What’s the #1 thing I can start doing and stop doing that would have the most powerful impact on my life and the life of others?

If you want to discover your purpose, then you have to ask and answer the question:  WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?  You exist for purpose – move from question to faith and start living it!  Give your life away and you will soon begin to discover your purpose and you will live blessed!

No Looking Back!

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.  -Luke 9:62

We look for excuses, we want to keep our options open, because we know that we are easily distracted.  A distracted disciple is a disciple who is going to go off course and a disciple off course can do a lot more damage than good.  If God has called you to it, then He will see you through it!

Jesus invites us to follow him, but it is not a “him and them” deal.  It is a follow him only deal!  I still remember the first time I ever really used a plow.  After I had cut a few rows, I stood back to admire my work and had the most crooked and ugly mess.  One of the old timers told me:  “Before you start, look up ahead of where you are going and pick you a fence post or tree and focus on it!”  I did and I made the prettiest straight rows you have ever wanted to see.

If we want to serve the Master with our best, then we have to focus on Him.  We cannot look at what we want or what others want, it has to be about what he wants.  It is not about our happiness or the happiness of others, it is about the pleasure of the King.  Being fit for the Kingdom comes from our being focused on the King of the Kingdom.  He is the one who makes us fit.  So stop playing games and get in the game and give it all you’ve got and then some by staying focused on Jesus and not looking back, when you do, you will truly begin to live blessed!