I hope you had a lovely holiday. We went to visit my parents and the weather was so warm we went to the beach and even went swimming. The kids were in heaven!
As we approach the dawn of 2011 and many of us are turning our thoughts to setting goals for the New Year, I thought I’d share this post from last April to give us all a little perspective and inspiration for doing amazing things in the coming year.
Lessons I Learned from My Daughter
About a year and a half ago, my then 7 year old, completely on her own, read through the entire Bible (regular, full version, no picture Bible).
That’s a pretty big book. Especially for someone who, when she started, had only been reading for about a year.
(Please don’t think I’m some super spiritual, awesome mom. She’s just an awesome kid. In all my 34 years I’d never read through the Bible. Sad, but true.)
Not only has this challenged me spiritually but it’s also challenged my character.
I love that she just did it. She didn’t talk about doing it. She didn’t list the reasons why she couldn’t. She just did it.
One page at a time.
One page at a time. One step at a time. One dream at a time. That is how goals are accomplished.
How To Accomplish Nothing
There are so many things I’d like to do. But I get distracted.
I accomplish the mundane at the expense of the miraculous. I do the dishes instead of play with my kids. I read about everyone else’s life on Facebook instead of making my own memories. I workout halfheartedly instead of really pushing myself.
That’s how a 34 year old accomplishes nothing.
How To Accomplish The Amazing
Here’s how a 7 year old accomplishes the amazing.
She wasn’t really trying to check something off of her to do list. She just really loved reading the Bible.
Lesson: Don’t try to do something amazing just because it’s amazing or because other people want you to do it. Do something you’re passionate about.
We actually had to tell her many times to put the Bible down – to eat or get ready for school. It’s what she defaulted to doing in her free time. That was the book she was reading and she was going to read it until she was done.
Lesson: Everything you add to your plate dilutes your ability to accomplish the amazing. Simplify.
She didn’t follow any sort of pre-made reading plan, because she’s wonderfully innocent (and wise). She figured “it’s a book” – you start at the beginning and read to the end. She followed God’s reading plan.
Lesson: Don’t worry about how other people say you should do something. Take time to hear how God wants you to do it. Make a plan, write it down.
4. Be Faithful
She kept reading. Somedays she read a lot. Somedays she didn’t read at all. But she kept moving forward.
Lesson: Forward motion will ALWAYS get you to your destination.
Focus on things you are passionate about and be faithful – that is how your goals become your accomplishments.
And that’s true whether you’re 7 or 34 or 96.
Now that you have some goal setting basics, I encourage you to download my FREE “Mission Statements for Moms eBook” so that you can make sure your goals are really taking you where you want to go.
Setting goals without a mission statement is like mapping a route without a destination. Kinda pointless.
A Word of Thanks
This blog is now just about a year old and it has blown away every hope and expectation I had of it when I started. I had daydreamed that we’d have a community of maybe 500 by the end of the year. And here we are closer to 5,000 than 500!
And what an amazing group of women you are! The encouragement you share with one another in the comments, on Facebook and on Twitter is incredible. The way you inspire others by sharing about the actions you are taking will impact generations to come. And of course the positive changes you are making in your own lives are going to be reflected in the lives of your children and the state of your home.
So for all you’ve surrendered, for every way you loved well even when it was hard, and for following Jesus relentlessly – well done.
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