18, 11, 2016
It’s not uncommon for me to have an existential crisis on a weekly basis. That’s what we millennials do; we Snapchat and stress about the meaning of our life, our purpose, our goals, the usual. So of course this week couldn’t go by without me doing so.
My analysis of my life brought to my attention that I am an expert at dreaming big but an amateur (at best) at discipline. If you would be honest with me, you’d agree that this is your problem too. We love indulging in lofty dreams of the future, what we’re going to be, who we’re going to meet, what things we’re going to have, how successful we’ll be, the whole nine yards. Then it comes time to put in the work and that’s where we fall off. Our discipline never seems to match our desire to be great. I’m the #1 culprit when it comes to this, so let me talk to myself: MY discipline never seems to match MY desire to be great.
I don’t like that. And what does that serenity prayer say again?
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Well I know the difference and it’s time for a change.
With that realization, I set a stretch goal for myself. Let me explain. Business Dictionary gives the best definition. It is a goal “that cannot be achieved by incremental or small improvements but require extending oneself to the limit to be actualized.” Basically, it’s a goal thats impossible to reach unless you’re disciplined and push yourself to work as hard as can. Actually, beyond as hard as you can.
This decision came Monday morning and in the afternoon, my boss tasked the team with a stretch goal. That was my confirmation that I needed to put this discipline muscle to work in all areas of my life.
I’ve set my goal and while I’m looking forward to the work it takes to achieve, I’m also dreading it (that’s the lazy part of me). It’s not often that we use all of my potential and ability; if we did we wouldn’t have to write this. So, I’m looking forward to pushing myself and seeing what really happens when I couple dreams/goals with discipline and sacrifice.
I’ve asked God for help and I can’t wait to share once it is achieved. I encourage you to set your own stretch goal.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26
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