If you are anything like me you have a list of things that you want accomplish and be better about in your life. More organized, spend time reading the Bible, read books, blog more, have more dinner parties, exercise more, cook more meals, spend more time with your kids, make your dreams happen…is this registering with anyone? I should preface this post with saying that I have not always done things this way. But, when I made a shift and began thinking this way I started to see myself accomplishing goals and making things happen.
So, what is this magical secret I am going to tell you??? Well, it isn’t magical and it isn’t a secret so I hope that you are not disappointed! It is simple…one thing at a time. I have had many times when I have just felt stuck so I decided that starting Monday (I would always start Monday, or on the first of the month because I am OCD like that) things were going to change. I was magically going to turn into super-woman whose house was as organized as the Container Store, who blogged every day, while cooking gourmet meals, reading my Bible and of course vacuuming my house in high heels with a baby on my hip. But guess what happened…nothing, I would be so overwhelmed with the expectations I had made for myself that I would end up feeling like I was failing at everything. And, that just wasn’t a good feeling.
Then I had this thought, “What if I pick one thing, and devote my energy to it”. I am only telling you this because I know it works, instead of trying to do it all pick one thing and once that thing is a habit in your life than move to the next thing. You know that I am a big believer at setting goals, and I blog about my goals each month. I think the problem comes in when too many big goals are set, there are so many things that it is hard to focus on what you are trying to accomplish. Blogging was a big one for me…I enjoy blogging, but I was always a here and there blogger. I blogged when we had a wedding, or a session and then if I had some brilliant thought I would blog it, but I couldn’t get consistent. When I devoted time to blogging, took time to plan things out, brainstorm topics and make it normal part of my day…it happened.
Time in Scripture has been this way for a long time. Trying to add it to my list of things I need to do better never worked, but when I said this is important and I am going to make it happen, and I focused on it, it became a normal part of my day.
Taking time to read has been another big one for me. I love to learn and feel good after reading a good book. Two things came in the way here. The first was that I just wasn’t making the time. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I didn’t have the time. In actuality, I was spending time that could have been spent reading good books scrolling through Facebook and probably stalking someones pictures (but not commenting, because everyone knows you are Facebook stalking if you comment on old pictures). The other problem was that I would start five books and six months later I would be halfway through all of them, but not finished with any of them. Had I picked one I would have finished it and moved to the next.
I guess I just feel like we live our life with a lot of “somedays”. We think that someday we will have time for the things we want to accomplish. In reality, we accomplish the things that we make time for…so make time for things that matter!
What are you going to make happen in your life?