We are now into the second week of ‘ordinary time’ in the church calendar. Back into a regular rhythm of living and orienting our lives towards an extraordinary New Year. Beginning January 17, it is also the time people start breaking their resolutions. How is that going for you? I am taking some time away this week to re-evaluate, ask powerful questions and get inspired to be more intentional about my goals and plans of action.
It’s time to get back to what works long-term, and learn something new. Learn from the experts such as the The Daniel Plan or the First Place 4 Health. Because living for what matters most, and flourishing in all areas of life doesn’t just happen. The busyness of daily living tends to distract us and fills our time with the necessary and mundane. We get lazy and lie to ourselves. So, we have to be thoughtfully intentional about our choices, goals, habits and daily lifestyle.
Take an honest, fearless inventory
Start a new journal for the year, and begin reflecting on where you are, what you need to change and where you need to go. Ask yourself questions like: Where am I now on my journey? How am I doing? Am I flourishing in all areas of my life? Where do I need to change and grow?
What Flourish Practices for Well-Being As A Whole Person can I integrate into my life?
What is hindering me from flourishing?
For every great goal of health and well being, there will be obstacles, setbacks, challenges and fears you must overcome. We can tend to get into a comfort zone of rationalizing and settling for the mundane. This stagnates our growth and potential.
Ask yourself these powerful questions:
What is keeping me from my goals, dreams and visions?
What is causing me to be stagnant and languish?
What are the barriers, problems, or glass ceiling that is holding me back?
What am I afraid of? What fears do I need to let go of?
What distortions, distractions or issues drive my life and deplete me?
Set goals with adjectives
Having vision, passion, purpose and goals helps us be happier. It organizes and orients our brains to focus towards a future timeline. Set big goals in faith, inviting God to do great things. Goals are a spiritual discipline that develops our character and builds our hope. Goals stretch our faith. Every God inspired goal with a plan and timeline is a statement of faith. If we set big goals, then we will be stretched to see God work in a big way. If we set small goals, or no goals – well – that is what we will get. What are your goals for this year? What do you sense God wants to do through you?
What do you want to do?
What do you want to have?
Who do you want to be?
What do you want to experience?
Remember to make goals with adjectives. Character, love, rejuvenation, renewal, relationships, community, joy, gratitude, security, purpose, meaning, generosity, serving.
What goals reflect the desire of your heart that will bring true success, happiness and fulfillment – that will glorify God?
What is your plan to grow and be blessed in every area of your life?
Begin your growth plan by considering each area of your life, list a few goals, and then make a plan. For example, a common resolution is loosing the extra weight and becoming healthier. So, what is your plan, your strategy and action steps? You may begin by going back to basics and practicing the principle of less for more. Eat less, move more. Have a strategy to plan ahead and be mindful of balanced healthy meals and portion sizes. Take action steps on what exercise you will do, when and for how long. Then, just do it and move it.
This year, lets not settle for wilting or being too busy with the mundane things of this world. Pursue what matters most. Chose abundant life. Spend time with Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit so you can have the power source to be transformed and keep growing. We can’t do it on our own. So, stay connected with others. We are better together.
What is your plan to intentionally advance in your life as you flourish in health and well being?