Goals are like hills. They rise up out in front of you with intimidating beauty. You long to conquer them…to be on top and take in the view, but it takes a lot of work to get from here to there.
How do you do it?
How do you conquer hills and achieve your goals?
I’ve been running a lot of hills lately in preparation for a Spartan Race in August. You can read here about my challenge from the Warrior Dash last year. I continually find parallels between physical training and spiritual training. You can read more about that here. Running up hills is no different.
Do you have goals in your life?
Do you have dreams for your family?
Do you have hopes for your walk with God?
I hope you do. In fact, I hope that your are courageous enough to have crazy big goals. Those big goals are like big hills.
I was running the other day on some trails near my house and frankly…I was dragging.
My physical energy was low and I had a hole in the tank holding my motivation. It was all going south and then it got worse.
I came to my hill.
I looked up the winding path through the brush and trees to the top of the hill. It was a long way off. It looked hard. It looked intimidating.
Crazy big goals are just like that. They can seem so far away. It can seem like so much work. Doubt can rise and tempt you to turn back.
I found the solution.
As I stood at the bottom of my hill looking at the arduous climb in front of me, I stumbled upon the solution.
I put my head down.
I put my head down and started running.
I put my head down and took a step and then I took another step.
You see, that’s how you do it. We hear a lot about vision and keeping your attention focused on your goals. I understand that concept.
It’s true that we need a motivating vision. It’s true that we must know the goal that we are striving to reach, but in the striving, you have to put your head down and run. You have to take a step forward. You have to make progress.
Sometimes, the goal can seem so far away that you become discouraged.
Sometimes, the dream can seem so big that you never do anything.
Put your head down and take a step. Do not let the distance intimidate you. Do not let the height demoralize you. Put your head down and advance.
What do you want to do?
Who do you want to be?
Where do you want to go?
How do you want to grow?
Be inspired by the vision but don’t let the distance to your destination scare you.
The sooner you begin the better. The hills only seem higher the longer you wait. Do something today.
Maybe today is just making a plan. Maybe today is researching some information that you need. Maybe today is just reaching out to someone for advice. Maybe today is just a small step toward spiritual growth…repenting of some sin…reading something in your Bible…praying for five minutes. Even if your first step isn’t the perfect step, that is okay. We often paralyze our progress by over thinking it.
Do you have some hills in your life?
Put your head down and take a step up the hill.
These ideas are closely related to the most important lesson that my Dad ever taught me. You can read about that here.
” I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.“ -Phil 3:14
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