Good chilly morning, friends! I hope your week last was a joy to you and no one saw you as the turkey! Life for turkeys is pretty short. Let’s keep ours going.
There seems to be conflicting thought on goals these days, or perhaps I’m just reading too much about them. One camp says that goals de-motivate and should be avoided while the other more orthodox camp says goals motivate if properly formed. There I see the rub. What is the foundation of your goals?
To wit: eight long years ago I made the first turn in my life towards health but my turn was out of fear. I was overweight and worried about the consequences. Soon enough I learned that fear of “what might happen” was not sufficient to motivate me to do “what must happen”. After a while I determined that I was exercising to invest in the 80-year-old me to come. This second motivation quickly wore off. My foundations were made of sand. Today I exercise because it’s the right thing for today and it makes today the best it can be. Any day I consider slacking off I remember that the quality of my day hangs in the balance. That’s positive foundation and true motivation!
But this encouragement is never about me; it’s always about you even when I am the patsy. What are the foundations of your goals? If your goal foundation is fear-based think about it again. It takes time and effort to create healthy goals, ones based on hopes and positivity. All experts agree that positive, hopeful goals work. Work on yours! Will you change? Improve? Achieve? Maintain? Who knows, but only your positive hopes will get you there if there is worth going to. Now get going! And have a great week.
1 Kings 19:9-18