I hope that you have bought your copy of Holley Gerth's book -”The Do What You Can Plan-21 Days to Making Any Area In Your Life Better” because for the next three weeks we are going to be digging in. So here goes week 1.
Day 1- Start Small
“Sow your seed in the morning and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed , whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” - Ecc 11:6
Start small may seem obvious and simple but if you are like me that is not really how it goes. I tend to bite off more than I can chew as the saying goes. I have a tendency to jump in full force and then be so overwhelmed that I give up and never finish anything. So I have started making lists (a lot of them). There is the master list (the BIG idea) and then the list that divides the master list into meal sized portions to make it more manageable. And in some instances there is even another list that is item specific. (Think giving your kids a chore list- you have to be detailed). Sometimes my lists take over and nothing gets done. But for the most part it works. I get more done. And I surprise myself with how quickly. So starting small may be just having a blog that you update once a week. Or sending a card once a month. The point is if it will help you to meet your goals and dreams no matter how small it is that is the way to go. Get your feet wet before you just jump in.
So get a journal and write down your big goal and then make smaller goals. Work on one at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself.
Day 2- Be Specific
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”- Proverbs 16:9
This goes along with what I said about goals. You have to be detailed. Like kids' chore list detailed. You can't give a child a chore of cleaning the living room without details when you first give it to them. They will more than likely be like my children and pick up 2 toys and say they cleaned. You have to be specific- pick up all the toys, dust the furniture, vacuum the floor. You have to do that with your goals too. Let's use me for an example. My ultimate dream is to write a book that inspires and encourages women to be closer to God and to be better moms and wives. Saying that is easy but doing it is another story. So I have decided that since my goal is to inspire and encourage women then I will start small. I will blog, send cards, lead small group studies, and believe in them. Then all that breaks down into smaller goals, more specific goals. Like the blog- I will use my blog for book/product reviews, leading some small studies, writing encouraging posts. So be specific. Break it down. Do a little at a time.
Day 3- Take the next step
“She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.”- Proverbs 31:13
So far you have started small and made specific goals. Not the hard part take the next step. Actually do what you wrote down on the list. Honestly the hardest part for me is starting the project when I decide to do something. Like cleaning the house. Not everyday cleaning- real cleaning. Like deep down into the pores of the house cleaning. I will move it a lot on a to do list because I just don't want to. But once I do get into I either get overwhelmed and give up or I finish it and feel better for it. So don't procrastinate- get started. Take one step and then another- you can do this!
Day 4- Don't go it alone
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up, But pity anyone who falls, and has no one to help them up.”- Ecc 4:9-10
Tell someone your dream. Don't feel like they are going to judge you. Tell them. They can encourage you and help you when you need it. Don't try to do everything by yourself. We all need help and encouragement. I have my “dream team” to rely on for support and a couple of very close friends. We pray for each other and we encourage each other. We all need that.
Day 5- Stop waiting for the perfect time
“Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”- Ecc 11:4
There is no such thing as the perfect time. And nothing will ever be accomplished if you keep waiting for it. SO JUST DO IT! Prime example: I left my full time job back last July to home school my children. It was not a great time to do it but we decided to go ahead. I continued with the company as a PRN employee and have enjoyed it so much more then before. As of today I am 100% unemployed. The company closed. But unlike others there I have had 6 months to get used to the loss of income and plan for the future a little better. It worked out well for me. No it wasn't the best time to quit before the trucks were paid off and several other things but since I did make that decision I am better prepared.
Day 6- Push past the fear
“So do not fear for I am with you, so not be dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”- Isaiah 41:10
Do it despite your fears. I fear being laughed at or not writing well enough, and of failure. But I am blogging anyway. Whether 10 people read this blog or no one reads this blog I am doing it anyway. Fear is just Satan trying to slow you down and attack your confidence. So do it anyway.
Day 7- Seek God and work hard
“He sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”- 2 Chronicles 31:21
Pray. Pray a lot. Take everything to God. Tell him your fears and struggles. Yes he knows them already but it will help you to say it out loud. So pray specifically. Even if you feel silly doing it. Pray.