Setting goals is one thing. Achieving them is another.
Over the years I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with companies where goal setting was a natural order of business. I've also been blessed with experiencing many of the same practices with my personal development journey.
What I notice as I look back over the moments where I have intentionally set a goal that was outside my comfort zone that things don't always just simply fall into place. What I've learned (the "hard" way) is that there are 2 very important aspects to all this goal achieving.
1. Having a clear concise desired outcome
The first is to have a clear and concise written outcome that you are committed to achieving. Not something you wish would really happen. Or hope it would one day occur. Or even just pray about it.
Now, I'm not saying that we can't wish for things, or have hope for something or even pray.
What I'm saying is that it's paramount that we have a clearly defined commitment. NOT just a hope, wish or a pray. It is drawing a line in the sand and declaring it will be so. You may not even know it is going to come to pass. You may not even know when. However, you know without a shadow of a doubt that it is going to come to pass.
It's with that kind of commitment that God can move in our lives and He can move on that commitment.
Here's a great example of how, when we commit to something, God moves. See below writing from a Himalayan Expedition back in the early 1950's.
"But when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money— booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!
- W. H. Murray, from The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951)
The second part to all this is that once we have committed to something we must surrender to it. Almost seems like an oxymoron doesn't it?!
When I say surrender though, I don't mean to give up. There is no 'white flag' or a letter of resignation. It's a giving 'into' not a getting 'out of'. It's a sense of knowing that we cannot control the outcome or every aspect of the creation of that goal. In fact, control is an illusion. (One that is hard for most of us to admit).
However, we can and must participate. We cannot sit on our sofa watching sitcoms and eating cheetos only to think our 'hope, wish or a pray' is going to suddenly drop into our laps.
It's a fine balance of absolutely knowing in your heart and mind, while making a commitment with action not just with declaration, while at the same time surrendering into the desired outcome.
Without surrender there can be a sense of 'hanging on too tightly' and it means God has no room to participate.
Have you ever experienced this? If you look back in your life you can probably think of an example of when you seemed to just create something with such ease that it was almost as if by 'fluke'. Like someone had caused everything to line up just so. Hmmm... wonder who that was?
Is it time to declare something an then surrender to it while doing the things you need to do and then allowing God to move in your life?
For His purpose,
"I am committed to inspiring, empowering and educating women on being architects of change in the world, using enterprise as a vehicle - all according to their Purpose, Passion and Strengths."
"Find out what you love to do, discover what it is you do best & be an agent of change in the world. Now that's a life worth living!" Melissa Haupt.
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