What can you do in 22?
Just think, in 22 days how your life could change? What physical, emotional, relational, mental and spiritual changes can you make in 22 days?
What habits/addictions can you break?
What NEW habits can you develop?
We are never too young or too old to make a change.
Look at yourself in the mirror and ask, am I living the life I want to live? What areas of your life do you like ? What things do you want to change?
Yes, contentment is important especially in today's world where we always want more, the latest, greatest and newest. We live in a discontent society. We tend to strive for more and believe "bigger is better."
I think we should have contentment with what we have coupled with a "holy discontent." A state of being that refuses to believe this is as good as it's gonna get. I want to live believing that my best days are yet to come. That I can learn more, grow more and develop more. I want to be in a holy tension--growing, stretching, gleaning and yearning to become all that I'm created to be.
So how do we make lasting changes? How do we start? Let's look at a good article, "Six Ways to Achieve Any Goal" published by Forbes earlier this year -- here's the summary because I know if you're anything like me, you don't have time to read another blog or article. So here are the cliff notes:
- Look at it -- vision board people!!! I will write a whole blog on this soon!
- Tell people -- power in accountability
- Break it up -- aka "break it into bite size pieces"; how do you eat an elephant? One spoonful at a time! Same is true for our goals
- Set a date -- just pick a date! Aim for something. If you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time! Yes, it's scary, like choosing a wedding date (well, maybe not that scary), but you get the picture. Without a date, your goal doesn't mean a whole lot.
- Be realistic -- this is where you need some healthy pushback. You need some friends who are realists and others who are idealists. You want people to give you some healthy pushback. If I said I'm going to be a professional violinist. Great. I can research what it takes to get to that level and how to achieve it. BUT that doesn't change the fact that I'm 27 yrs old and have never picked up a violin and bow. Healthy pushback also challenges me, the dreamer/goal setter, to be real with MYSELF--what are my strengths and giftings? Just because I want to play the violin doesn't mean I suddenly have a natural bent towards music and stringed instruments. Just because I think it would be awesome to play professional tennis, doesn't mean I can given my body and knee surgeries. -- So don't be afraid to look in the mirror and face the person staring back at you for better or worse. When you get REAL with yourself, suddenly you gain perspective and clarity.
- Commit to yourself -- really this is between you and YOU. Forget about others, others' expectations of you...YOU decide what it is you want to change and then go do it! There will always be naysayers regardless of what you do in life.
There’s a great quote out there that says, “It’s funny how day by day, nothing changes but when you look back everything is different.” One year from now, you’ll be one year older no matter what. What can you do with your goals today that will make looking back to today feel really different and really satisfying?
The challenge--join me on the next 22 Days journey of transformation and discovery:
Step 1: Do a self eval. Ask yourself what things are going well and what things you want to change.
Step 2: Write down your goal(s) and tell a friend--someone who will support you and prod you along when you lose your vigor.
Step 3: Get busy!
And step 4: Expect your life to look different in 22 days. Are you ready?
My goal from now till Aug 19: to write every day and post it online for 22 consecutive days. Yep, I just shared my goal. Scary because now every one who reads this will know if I miss my target BUT at the same time I just broadened my accountability base. AND my chances for success are significantly higher.
What do you have to loose? Take the 22 day challenge!