Stop Setting Goals!

Probably won’t see that on a bumper sticker or fridge magnet, eh?

Goals aren’t inherently bad, but they can dishearten us. We languish in a state of “not quite there, yet” until we reach it. And then what…another goal? Most of our time is spent striving and very little time celebrating.

Only 8% follow through on their New Year’s resolution. Time for Plan B.

Rather than resolutions or goals, focus on the short term. Like, daily! Because life continually ebbs and flows, it’s difficult to chart future outcomes.

Make daily choices (a.k.a. Plan B) which prepare you for small wins and opportunities along the way.

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. – Jim Rohn

Abandon your lofty goal of losing 20 pounds and embrace the daily discipline of eating healthier and exercising. Not easy, but much more effective.

Before you know it, you’ll begin to wade into the waters of success. Honest. (140 words)

Bonus Examples:

Goal: Get out of debt

Daily Discipline: Track/Change spending habits, create budget

Goal: Find a better job

Daily Discipline: hone your skills, ask for feedback

Goal: Deepen relationships

Daily Discipline: Put others before self

Chop Chop

I came home one day last week and my wife had written this short excerpt upon some reading she had done. I asked her if I could post it on leaderbird, she obliged. I’ll be giving nightly back rubs for a year, but it’s worth it. I will be posting again on Friday as it’s the one year anniversary of leaderbird. Enjoy! (but, not too much…you know how insecure I can be)

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by Becky Stromme

When we bought our home 10 years ago, it had my “top three” desires: space for a hammock, a clothesline, and a beautiful fireplace. It also included one unexpected perk…an apple tree! I was thrilled, to say the least.  Moving in during the fall, I anticipated the following spring with a smile, excited to watch the tree go from full bloom to producing apples.  And, oh, did I have great plans for those abundant apples.

To my dismay, there were only a few blossoms that spring, and the apples were deformed and inedible.  I still had hope, knowing  that apple trees ebb and flow. However, the following spring yielded the very same, disappointing results. Hope was fading.

After a number of years, we finally cut the tree down, resolving that it wasn’t going to miraculously change.

So, we started over. Nothing wrong with that.

RESOLUTION: Do you have influences or behaviors (cynicism, media, fear, lack of wisdom, etc.) causing you to produce bad fruit? What or who in your life is causing you to be less effective, less caring, or even less productive in the fruits of your labor? It may sound harsh, but perhaps it’s time to identify and cut off that influence or break away from a bad habit as you begin 2014….because life flies by.

If So Moved: Read Matthew 7:17-20. Notice the thoughts, behaviors or relationships this reading brings to mind.