I have been completely fulfilled through this blog series on finding your purpose. As I have been writing about attaining greater focus, I have forced myself to walk the walk. I guess I have found a purposeful pursuit just through this exercise! This week we’ll go even further by exploring how we will bring these goals to life. Last week we broke down our goals and set deadlines for them. Now we will detail the steps to getting there. The easiest way to back into a goal is by picking it apart step by step, attaching deadlines to the steps, and even giving yourself incremental rewards for completing the steps. Here’s the thing (and I know its cliche) – Rome wasn’t built in a day. We live in a microwave society that gets frustrated when we have to wait, take time, be consistent, or exercise the eight-letter cuss word that start with a p (patience). But your purpose is a daily pursuit, remember? We established this from day one.
Zechariah 4: 10 tells us, “do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…”
Have I mentioned the grace you will step into once you begin taking incremental steps toward accomplishing your goals and pursuing your purpose? God gets glory when you do what He created you to do and your obedience will be greatly rewarded. So let’s pick this apart.
How will you accomplish the goals you’ve set? Write detailed steps in your journal. Write down what the goal is and how it will look once it is attained. Create a vivid picture in your mind of the fulfillment. How will your life change once the goal is attained? I need you to get a vision in your mind and meditate on it. Allow it to become real and tangible to you. This will be your motivation along the way. Many times we abandon our dreams because we don’t believe in them. This is why I believe Habakkuk 2: 2 tells us to:
“write the vision, make it plain upon the tablets, that he may run who reads it.”
You need a blueprint to come back to when you are discouraged, confused, tired or begin to get distracted by other things. Because diversions WILL happen along the way.
Also, detail how you will celebrate your success. What will you do to reward yourself once you’re at the finish line? What’s an accomplished goal without a celebration? You should feel great about your successes so that you can keep fuel in the fire to go after another and another. Remember, this is a daily pursuit. Just because you finish one thing doesn’t mean you stop pursuing purpose. Your goal(s) should feed into a larger vision. This means that it is a life goal attached to the incremental, temporary goals we’re setting here.
Sound off in the comments below and let me know how your goal setting and passion pursuits are coming along. I want to celebrate with you in your triumphs. Until next week…