by Carole Brown
What, you say? And you have a right to ask. I wanted to grab your attention, so hence the partial statement. Here’s the sentence in its entirety:
Don’t set those goals TOO high!
Again, you might very well ask, why on earth not, especially coming from you who always advocates goals and lists?
Okay, I agree with that, but I want to throw out there some caution. Here are some reasons why I encourage you to be careful when setting your goals or making those lists:
- When I make lists/goals I try not to make them unattainable FOR ME. I don’t include on my lists: “Paint room, wash windows, clean bathrooms, write 5000 words–today! Nope, I KNOW I can’t/won’t do all that. For one thing, I’m not much of a painter. Another thing, I hate washing windows, although I do get to it a few times a year–under pressure. I’m a slow writer, so 5000 words is pushing it for me.
Now I might make a list like this: Clean bathrooms, write 1000 words, do one blog post, prepare supper, pay bills.
I know me. I know my limitations. I know I hate taking down the Christmas tree, so hubby begins right after Christmas encouraging me to work on it. I know I really don’t mind too much cleaning the bathrooms, so that’s a feasible goal. And if I attain more than a thousand words, than I’m flying high today!
So set reasonable goals.
- Add some fun items along with the dreaded ones to make your list more appealing to your emotions and senses. Intermingle them. Try doing one hated chore right after or before a pleasant one. Reward yourself with a small piece of chocolate or some other favor when an unpleasant one is finished. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many unpleasant tasks.
It’s far better to finish five dreaded items a week, than end the week feeling depressed because none of the twenty got done.
So, Intermingle on your tasks lists with both pleasant and unpleasant tasks.
- God’s Word encourages us to do our REASONABLE SERVICE–not outlandish tasks that are out of our reach. But he also wants us to be good stewards, faithful in our work, disciplined. So I would encourage you to find and use as your motto a scripture verse/passage that you can refer to as your guide to making your lists a habit, an influence in seeing the need to be profitable in our daily chores and chosen paths, and a blessing to you as you diligently do your work every day.
No, we might not accomplish everything, every day. We’re human. Faulty. And life happens. Don’t let failures discourage you, but count them as lessons. Push ahead.
So, find a scripture that keeps you motivated.
- Set reasonable goals.
- Intermingle good and bad tasks together
- Find a scripture for encouragement.
I believe if you follow these three simple steps, you’ll find a greater satisfaction each week. Remember, reward yourself. Stay true to yourself and God. Allow time for fun. You’ll be batting a high score. I believe it!