Goals are good. Not knocking them. Achieve some of them. Making them again for 2015. And I always feel good when I'm making progress toward legitimate (not pie in the sky) goals.
However, I ALSO realize there's something missing that keeps us from both making goals.. and missing makes goals or even thinking goals are worthless.
It's what was missing when I set out to weigh 197 in '97 and gain 50 clients in '05. It's what was missing when I took antidepressants and told myself and others "It's just the way I am. I can't change!"
Without this it's hard for any of us to be motivated to reach for goals, stay committed to goals or care much them at all... new year or no new year.
Here's what I think this is so important.
THE FUNDAMENTAL PRACTICE OF PURPOSEFUL CHANGE: This involves the belief that WE WERE BORN TO CHANGE... AND BRING CHANGE.
To change is to be fully human, fully alive and to become the better people we really are. Staying stuck or accepting the status-quo is not only not and option for human beings, it's not being human. Change is good and when we're changing, open to change or caring to change... we're really living.
You can change! Things can change! Do you believe that?
However, before we start with the idea of "making goals." making resolutions" or "doing stuff" we need to REALLY ANSWER THE BIGGER WHY'S. Why should I change? Why should I try? Why should I even give a flying rip?
As I started studying the book of Genesis again, I'm struck that before any sign of fall in mankind, God "blesses man and woman" and invites them to be agents of change.
God's very first recorded words to man and woman: "Be fruitful and multiply."
(Genesis 1:28) Though often linked together and interpreted as "Have babies" actually, be fruitful is separate and means "Be fruitful." And when someone or something is "fruitful" it "produces good results," is "profitable" and creates "abundant growth."
And God's command.. not to just inhabit the earth. Not survive on the earth. Not even just put up with the earth. Instead, change the earth! "Fill the earth and subdue it." "Have dominion" over it. (Genesis 1:28)
This bigger and primary "Why" involves seeing our seemingly insignificant or measly lives as part of a bigger picture of bringing about CHANGE that lasts forever. We were born for a destiny that involves changing things!
When we're changing and becoming more fruitful ... profitable... producing results... and abundant growth we are aligned with our very purpose.
What if we were to make REAL CHANGE our key practice?
Here are some implications....
The transformation of who "we think we are" and what we think "we're capable of" begins with at a soul level of knowing some key things that can only be called "spiritual."
3. What my life is meant to accomplish.
Yes, those are tough questions... but is it really smart to go through life without those answers?
Those who answer these find different and powerful motivation to do things like
Be in the best possible shape (weight, diet, exercise)
Make a million dollars this year.
Create a company that makes a difference.
Feed orphans in Africa.
These areas may just be where God-sized change can and must happen in the coming year.
Get out of debt.
Give up smoking.
Get in the best shape of your life.
Become financially wealthy to become even more fabulously generous.
Rekindle the relationship that's been slowly dying.
Leave the cube and start your own company.
What's holding you back? Might that be your key to unleash change all over the place?
No where do we learn that we only learn, grow and make radical life change until a certain age... then stop. If we're still breathing, then the best changes can still be ahead of us!
No, none of us can make every change AT ONCE.... At least, that's not typical. But, we can address the one, two or three things really holding us back.
And... know that you know that you know (deep down) that you were born to change and bring change that lasts.
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