Simple Wisdom for Life: Love God. Love Others. Have Passion Around Your Work. Pay Your Bills. Manage Your Stress. Map a Plan.
It’s simple! But it requires diligence. It’s the race between the tortoise and the hare. You won’t experience the living well difference the day after you implement a plan.
The reason we hesitate to lay out a life plan, or a budget, or a goal, or a weight management commitment is because it seems too much like we are giving up our rights to a real life. This is merely an assumption. What would it look like to map out a plan for your monthly expenses? What would you lose from knowing where your money goes? What could you gain from knowing where to allocate money so that it lasts until the end of the month? How would it feel to have a savings plan that could relieve some stress during an unplanned crisis or that would carry you through life?
The tortoise won the race because he stayed the course, remained focused, and he never, never, never gave up. He mapped a plan, put one foot in front of the other, and continued to do the same thing until he got where he wanted, and not only that ~ he was the first one there. The race is not always to the swift, but to the diligent. The one who works and plays smart. You may not have all of the options that someone else may have, but if you take what you have and add to it the skills you need to tweak the areas that can serve you well, and learn to replicate what works, it is only a matter of time until you win. Money, education, affiliation or any other privilege can never beat out what pure tenacity and endurance will provide to succeed in the game of life. The only way you win is to find every creative way possible to eliminate your temptation to quit. It worked for the tortoise!
What about a life plan? What ideas are swimming around in your mind that by putting to paper you could craft something that may open you up to greater possibilities toward creating the life you want? I’m not specifically talking about money here. Having more money doesn’t mean less problems. In fact to the one whom much is given, much will be required. If money was the be all, end all, explain Hollywood to me. No, it’s much more. It’s not about having what you want. It’s about learning to want what you have. It’s maximizing your potential by maximizing your impact.
You maximize your impact by positioning yourself to develop self-control around the components in life that are of the most value to you. First God, your family, then work, then how you allocate what you have been blessed with. It requires a plan – so you know where you are headed and have more than a rear view mirror to look at where you’ve been.
Realizing where you’ve been is good – it’s part of getting you where you are. But where you are going is the precipice for all of the beauty you will create in the tomorrows you are given. You create those tomorrows by what you dream ~ today! Don’t forget that. You have unbelievable potential within. It’s in your thoughts. Your positive thoughts are the precursors to all you can ever hope to achieve or accomplish.
How are you managing these thoughts? Are you content to simply think about what tomorrow can look like? What would it look like to spend 10 – 20 minutes daily in some quiet and focused time to consider what your future could be and the One who holds it?
To tap into your internal hopes and desires, consider life coaching. A “get acquainted” complimentary coaching session can provide you with some valuable insights as to how to do some necessary planting of good seeds and pruning of unnecessary areas in your life plan to experience the best of life.
If you left Atlanta, Georgia for Seattle, Washington on a road trip, you wouldn’t consider not having a map or a gps to chart your route. What could life be like if you map the route to how you want to live it, love it and share it?
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Pack your tortoise shell well; you’ll need it to stay the course. Forget about how fast the hare is, don’t worry about the wise old owl. You need only one focus ~ I think I can, I think I can …
Sheri Geyer is a Christian Life Coach, Mentor, Writer, Wife & Mom