Matthew 7:13 MSG
“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do.
Colossians 2:7 AMP
Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.
Setting some goals?
A few years ago i set a goal to begin training for a marathon and midway through my training I found myself trying to recover from a nasty flu bug. Fast forward to today, I still haven’t run that race but what I learned is that my goal required more than simply deciding and doing.
It required specific planning (this is a major opportunity of self improvement I’ve added to my 2012 goals), knowing what decisions I would need to make, commitment & learning how to follow through (arggg another lesson). My body, my mind, my nutrition, my schedule, my family, my spirit, my finances would all be affected without the proper plan.
A few weeks ago, I dusted off a book I had on my “must read” list and just in flipping pages I came across what seemed to me like a great jumping off point for 2012 (which does include that Marathon).
“Daily Dozen” from Today Matters by John Maxwell
1. ATTITUDE: chose and display the right attitudes daily.
2. PRIORITIES: Determine and act on important priorities daily.
3. HEALTH: Know and follow healthy guidelines daily.
4. FAMILY: Communicate with and care for my family daily.
5. THINKING: Practice and develop good thinking daily.
6. COMMITMENT: Make and keep proper commitments daily.
7. FINANCES: Make and properly manage dollars daily.
8. FAITH: Deepen and live out my faith daily.
9.RELATIONSHIPS: Initiate and invest in solid relationships daily.
10. GENEROSITY: Plan for and model generosity daily.
11. VALUES: Embrace and practice good values daily.
12. GROWTH: Seek and experience improvements daily.
John Maxwell explains “If you settle these 12 issues by making the right decisions in each area and then manage those decisions daily, you can be successful”.
So there it is, he makes it sound quite simple actually. 12 steps. Now before you go all ‘ I’ve tried before and nothing ever works‘ on me, let me suggest that you consider managing these areas one at a time. Maybe it simply means asking God which area(s) you should focus on or which ‘mountain’ you might have been running around. One thing I immediately began focusing on was my health. Not nutritional, but wholeness; making sure I am emotionally, spiritually, and physically well. In order for my body to be physically ready to tackle this marathon I want to make sure there’s nothing weighing me down. Including the excess baggage that speaks to me in words of self defeat & fear. Believe it or not, this translates into joint pain & inflammation. We’ll discuss this during the January challenge! For now, I leave you with a fun opportunity for jotting down your goals from the folks at Power-gy…
It is always a good thing to have goals and all goals are attainable. But, it is even better to have realistic goals. We suggest that you focus on your goals 3 months at a time, achieve them, then set new goals. What are your fitness goals? Send your goals to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be featured (with your name or anonymously) in our “Fitness New Years Resolution” blog that will be posted on the site on January 1st, 2012. This is a great way to stay on top of your goals and you can visit our blog section as a reminder. Here’s to your health and remember “Slow wins the race”.
HAPPY GOALS YEAR & A Happy New Rear!
–I pray that Christ would strengthen you with might through His spirit in your inner being …Stay inneractive keep movin’