My husband, Jonathan, is all about goals. If he is about to participate in anything, he is setting a goal. This includes everything from games (recreation), to working out (personal goals), to life goals (career oriented goals). If there is something to overcome, he will set a goal.
He asks me, “Sarah, what do you want to do in life? What goals do you want to reach?”
I’ve never really defined goals in my life. I go with the flow; choose a path in life and let it wisp me away where it chooses… (it’s not quite like this. I do have some focus and outlook on life) Occasionally, I will say to myself, “I’m going to do ______!” This or that, such and such, blah, blah, etc. And I will proceed towards my goal until I reach it, forget about it, or give up. We all do this, whether they are large or small goals. But shouldn’t we have defined goals? Something we are consciously striving for? Something bigger and better? Or are we content to accomplish our small goals – “I have to make it to Friday!” – and live a mediocre life?
So in 2 previous posts, I wrote about my dream to publish a book and to become an artist. Those are big goals that I want to accomplish before I die. Not career changing by any means, although I wouldn’t mind becoming a famous artist or author. That’s not the point of my goals, though. It’s something I personally want to accomplish to better myself. But we run into another issue when we set our goals and dreams: What am I doing currently to reach them? Well, I blog and have started a short story that I make time for once a month, and I draw and paint when I am not doing anything else productive (or sometimes, not productive). The real answer is “not enough.” I can always be doing something more to further my dreams and goals. I have to hold myself to a higher standard. I need to have confidence that I will reach these goals I’ve set, and I need to take the proper steps. I will make an effort to try and draw/paint at least 3 times a week, and write 2 times a week for at least an hour. This is going to take time, but it’s time that will be spent on my future. I am willing to set aside that time. I can not accomplish my goals, if I do not have the abilities to do so, and that is why I must practice!
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak,for your work shall be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15
What about you? Have you set goals in your life? Big and small? What are you currently doing to reach those goals? Make an effort. You have maybe today, but never tomorrow – make of it what you can while you can.