First, pick what it is you want to accomplish. Set your sights high and dream big.
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Only you can decide what goal should demand your focus. But make sure that it’s a grand and worthy one.
Second, plan where you’re going. I know I wrote recently about “fooling” yourself into taking action. Getting moving before your mind can say no. That is a useful trick for gaining quick momentum, but momentum is lost without a plan from which you can chart your progress. Weigh, chart, detail, and photograph your progress. Know exactly where you are starting from and journal the journey till the end.
I don’t actually journal currently (beyond this blog!), but I do keep little papers and notebooks that let me know exactly where I am with current projects. From my writing projects, to my blog project, my workout project, my eating plan, and my educational objectives, I track every detail.
Third, take action! You will go strong for a week. Then you will waver slightly. Keep pushing! Everything seems to be working against you. Other momentary demands clamor for your time. Crises arise. You become demotivated. Stuck.
It’s so hard to keep focused. You’re not making progress. Friends tell you that you are wasting your time.
You break down emotionally. Exhausted. It’s too much work to continue!
Just a little farther.
Your lungs are fit to burst. Every muscle in your body is crying for oxygen. Burning. It feels like your footsteps should be lighting on fire.
The end is in sight. You suddenly find a reserve of strength. Everything comes together and you reach the end. Your goal is complete!
All of a sudden it doesn’t feel as amazing as you thought it would. You might feel slightly let down and disappointed.
It’s time to plan the next goal.
Keep striving. Keep pushing. Use every desire and every goal to please God and advance His Kingdom. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31