“The way to work with Divine Spirit in our daily decisions is to consider quite honestly: What would I really like to do?
One must put aside thoughts of asceticism, thinking that God loves us more if we are poor. A business decision must be made using all input that’s available. What’s good for me, my family? It must allow one to grow.
Any decision is not without setbacks, for that’s the nature of life. What sets you apart is that you give it your best effort and more, staying open to the subtle nudges of Divine Spirit.”
—Harold Klemp The Language of Soul
When was the last time you gave some thought to your life? What are you doing? Where are you going? What goals you have set for yourself? I found this to be the most difficult thing to do—to really understand what I wanted in life and where I wanted to go.
It really comes down to deciding. Decisions commit us to something. They say, “I’m going this way or that.” Sometimes it is easy to second-guess ourselves into believing that we may have decided too quickly, but we must realize we have the flexibility to change our minds. The key: 1) decide and 2) stick with it for a bit to really determine if it is something you want to do. More importantly, is it something you are willing to pay the price for (sacrifice, money, time, etc.).
Once you make your decision, you’ll find that tackling the task at hand will be easier. You won’t have to think about what you are doing, because you’ve decided. The focus this brings is liberating.
With focus, you’ll also gain access to little insights that will help you pursue your goal more efficiently. Make sure you write down any ideas that come through, particularly if you’ve hit a roadblock. This happens from time-to-time as we pursue something new. Expect it.
- Decide which goals you want to pursue
- Make the best plan you can with the information and skillset you have
- Execute, adjusting your plan and resources as you go
- Mission accomplished, next…😊
These steps will help you accomplish anything you set your mind to. You’re probably saying to yourself, “Well, this is fine, Dave. What about multiple goals?”
The same steps apply, but you will have to allocate enough time to planning for each goal and executing toward each goal as you see fit. I would recommend picking the highest, most important goal you have and moving forward on that first. Once you have gained some traction, feel free to add more goals into the mix. One warning: Do not overwhelm yourself by pursuing too many goals at the same time or at least pick goals that contribute to one another.
Here are some examples:
Pursue a writing career (writing books), blogging, and freelance writing (all three goals align with another around the skill of writing).
Lose weight, get in shape, and eat right. Again, you can see the alignment between all these goals.
Each goal must be what is called S.M.A.R.T. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Assignable
- R – Realistic
- T – Time-related
S – grow to 500 followers on Daily Ramblings by year’s end (2018)
M – 500 followers on WordPress.com
A – not applicable in this case
R – Yes, it is a realistic goal.
T – Yes, the time for achieving this goal is the end of 2018.
Well, that’s it for today folks. I hope you learned something and decide to pursue a goal you’ve been putting off.
Until next time…