Imagine your life being a boat. Your boat is either headed in a specific direction led by you, or it’s allowing the circumstances of life directing it.
If you’re not steering that boat, the wind and waves are.
The one thing that has changed me the last 6 years of my life…
If we are not striving to draw closer to our Father, if we’re not striving to grow in our gifting’s, if we’re not intentional in our marriage- circumstances will continue to control us and direct our lives, aiming for no specific direction.
For those that have or are experiencing storms in your life right now- it’s ok. You still have that choice to either direct that boat or allow the winds and waves to wreck you.
So what direction is your boat headed? What island are you headed to? And the next question is- what are you doing every day to get you there?
Many people can say that they “hope” to get to a certain destination. And many will say they “want” to get somewhere, but if there is no action that is directing them to that destination, that goal will soon fade away and the destination will never come to pass.
Yes, God is in control. But He did give us the free will to make and choose what we want. Yes, miracles can happen by God. But lets not cancel out the reality of life. We bear fruit from every decision we make (whether good or bad).
Here are some famous quotes from Jim Rohn (one of my husband and I’s favorite teachers)-
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
“Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better.”
What do you want to grow in? Who do you want to become? What do you want to see come about in your life?
Take those answers and come up with intentional actions for you to do every day, week, and month to become closer to those goals, dreams, and destination.
It’s that simple.
To start directing that boat, make goals, and create steps to reach those goals.
Again, with no goals, no vison, no action, your boat is just being directed by the waves, by the circumstances of life.
Here’s another image:
Imagine being on a steep hill- you’re either going uphill or downhill. You cannot remain stagnant for a long period of time. You’re getting closer to the top of that mountain while intentionally becoming a better person inside and out.
Intentional growth, what does this look like?
- Read books- in areas of weaknesses or strengths, something you want to grow in, a gifting you want to enhance in
- Setting up an exercise plan
- Healthy eating
- Quality time with the children
- Your marriage
- Time with Jesus in the Word, journaling, worship time (join our Facebook group where we hold each other accountable in this area)
Not that your life has to be perfect in these areas. The important thing is that you’re growing consistently in some area of life (I would say most importantly spiritually).
If you’ve never made goals or have strived to be intentional, start out small. DO NOT overwhelm yourself- it can just lead to failure.
A close friend and I chose to start holding each other accountable with getting Word time just 10 minutes every day. That doesn’t seem like much at all, but it was reasonable for us both to start out with. From my perspective, this was better than going through a whole week and not reading even one Bible verse.
Like I said, start out small!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on a few goals you have or are going to set for yourself. Please share them in the comments below.
Plus, feel free to download these goal setting worksheets I created for you, both the sky one and/or the white goal sheets!
Looking forward to seeing you at the island you’re destined to reach. 🙂