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What is the Goal?

I like to play color match video games. It helps me to keep my mind busy, often while avoiding chronic pain – okay, I will be honest, sometimes avoiding work that needs to be done.

I have played some Candy Crush – until I reached a level I couldn’t defeat and gave it up. I have played Zuma and other similar games. The one I play now is Gummy Drop.

No matter what the game, they all have the same premise. Match the color balls for points, avoid the various barriers that are added along the way.

Sometimes, as you progress through the game you find barriers interrupt the goal. Here is what I mean. You ( I ) have played several levels where a specific barrier must be defeated in order to win the challenge. Then I (you) become so focused on that barrier, that a new challenge comes along with those barriers, that the goal of the challenge to just accumulate so many points is missed!  The barriers have nothing to do with the goal.

When I play, I have to look first at ‘what is the goal’ of the challenge, then look at the board and proceed while focusing only on the goal. I don’t always do this, thus I lose the game.

The same applies to my everyday task. What is my goal for this day, for this project, for this hour, for this moment? Another view is, what am I avoiding? Why?

The project isn’t due until Friday, but today I must work through this portion. Some need the deadline looming over them to move forward. Others need to clear obstacles. What do you need? 

How will you focus on that one specific portion only. The others cannot be complete until THIS is accomplished. Ignore those obstacles of ‘what if’ and ‘he said or she said’ and ‘we may not complete the whole thing’. How you will focus on this – now.

I often relate it to a jigsaw puzzle. I don’t know about you, but everybody I know (and that is not necessarily a lot of people) focuses first on the outer border. Once the outer border is in place, strategies change. Some focus on matching colors, others focus on shapes, some just wing it and pick up every piece and try to place it on the board. No matter the process, they all have the same end goal – to complete the puzzle and make it look like the picture on the box. Same end goal, different process for the various details.

My goal for a Gummy Drop challenge may be to defeat all the barriers, or it may be simply to gather so many points. The end goal is complete each level; and each challenge will get me there, but not until I focus on and complete the stated goal.

What are you working on now? Are you stumped by the overwhelming picture? How can you break it down in your mind so that you can proceed through each step. How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time.

For some, the color match game works as focus picture. For others, it might be the mountain or the jigsaw puzzle. What image works for you?

Are you ready?

Name your goal, and go for it! 

My One Word for 2017

I first got the idea after reading the book “One Perfect Word” by Debbie Macomber. For several years I chose one word which would be my word for the year.  When I did this, that word resonated throughout the year and helped me to focus. 

Last year I didn’t choose one and as I look back at 2016 it feels undefined.

So I am choosing a word for 2017.  The word is ‘committed’.  I am committed to stepping out; I am committed to moving forward; I am committed to following the path God has laid before me; I am committed to believing I am not walking alone; I am committed to me; I am committed to action.

So many thoughts, ideas, and desires have flooded my mind and my heart.  It is time to get them out of my head, off the paper, and into action.  I may fail, yes. But I may succeed.  Either result is frightening. But I have committed to facing the results, no matter what it may be.

Do you celebrate a word for the year? What word did you choose?

New Year’s Resolution or Disillusion

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution last year? How did it go?

If you like the majority of people you set it aside within the 1st 6 weeks of the year. Maybe you went a little longer. Perhaps you of the small percentage that stuck to it. If so, congratulations!

Not completing your resolution as hoped does not make you a failure. It makes you human.

So what about that change you wanted to make in your life? Is it too late, too far fetched, too unreachable?

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How important is it for you make that change?  Do you really want it? How hard are willing to work for it?

So often the change desired is B*I*G, so big it looms into a mountain before us – immovable. A few steps motorhome_traveling_mountains_md_clrare taken toward it, but it is just to large to climb.

Here are some steps to climbing that mountain.

  • Don’t climb alone. Find someone you trust and respect to climb with you. Someone who will hold you accountable.  (Ecc 4:12) (Prov 15:22)
  • Make the mountain a molehill.  Look at the overall goal as a large jigsaw puzzle. Break it down into workable pieces. Work a portion a time, bringing the full picture into focus. (Zec 4:10)
  • Plan ahead. Mountain climbers don’t wake up one day saying ‘today I will climb a mountain’. They prepare, build up muscle, collect and pack supplies.  What do you need to do to prepare? (Prov 21:5)  (Prov 31:15)
  • Set your mind on the goal. Make visual reminders and signs of encouragement around you to help keep the ultimate goal in mind. (Phil 3:13-14) (Ps 37:4) (Luke 14:28)
  • Learn to say NO. Saying ‘yes’ to one thing means saying ‘no’ to another. Learn to say ‘no’ to things that will take you away from your goal. (Gal 6:5) (Tit 2:12)
  • Forgive yourself. Stepping away doesn’t mean defeat. It means you stepped away. You can choose at this point to accept as defeat your faltered step or you can get up and start again.  You are already several steps in. Pick up where you left off and continue to move forward. Consider it a pit stop on the journey. (1John 1:9) (Acts 3:19) (Rom 5:1)

classic_convertible_road_md_whtNow, what are your plans for the New Year? You are about to begin a journey. Look out the windshield, not the rear view mirror, and move forward. Accept every accomplishment and hold to it. Take pit stops when needed, then continue on. Your destination awaits you.