I enjoy cycling and for many years I would ride a with a group of friends as we trained for races. Now, Cycling 101 includes keeping your eyes focused on where you want to go. This is a simple concept but rather difficult to do. For example, if I want to avoid a piece of glass in the road, I would choose to focus on where I want my bike to go and not on the piece of glass. Inevitably, if I had to look at the piece of glass, I would some how steer my bike right over the very thing I wish to avoid. Is that like life?
We end up moving in the direction that we focus our attention on. Your One Word is a lot like that.
When you keep your eyes focused on where you want to go this year rather than getting distracted by what is happening around you, you will reach your goal. One month in and I found that I am already looking around me at other things. If you’re a bit like me, you might’ve forgotten what you’ve committed to or not been as thorough in your planning as you had hoped.
Einstein said: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
Here are four tips to help you keep moving:
First of all, focus on where you want to go. Do you know where you are going? Your commitment this year is like a journey. There will be twists and turns that you will need to overcome. As you do that, you will become stronger, more resilient and once victory is within your reach, more sure.
Secondly, consider what you need to do daily to reach your goal. I found it helpful to break up my big dream or vision into bite size portions. What do I have to say ‘no’ to so that I can say ‘yes’ to this goal? Personally, it is doing a word study on my One Word. I also need to put boundaries around my schedule. I am learning to say ‘no’ to wrong thinking so that I can say ‘yes’ to renewing my mind with the Word of God and to thinking the right thoughts.
What do I need to do weekly to go where I want to go? Remember that a journey is comprised of stops and starts, of rest-breaks and accelerations. Do I need to re-evaluate on a Sunday evening? Or use Monday morning to plan ahead?
Finally, who do I need to ask to remind me about that? Accountability does many things: it keeps you engaged, keeps you responsible, and helps validate your thoughts and ideas. I read recently that there is a close link between vulnerability and courage. Therefore, I would love to encourage you to be vulnerable with someone. Take that risk!
Ponder the words of Theodore Roosevelt and let them inspire you:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause…”
Most of all, don’t give up! Get on the road, keep on moving forward, and stay focused. You can do it!
Are you with me?
Photo by Neil Hart