Damage Control: 5 Steps to refocusing on your goals.

The words I Quit written on a yellow sticky pad of paper written in black.

How often do you think this when the road gets tough?

Many times when we get our bright ideas, we are excited and caught up in the beginning of our creativity. Although, we must remember executing and then traveling through the process to reach a goal has many stumbling blocks. It is those moments that determine our victory. Do I get frustrated and give up, procrastinate, or function sub par? None of those choices will get us where we want to be. We must determine out the gate, if this is what we really want, that quitting is not an option. We must determine in our heart and mind to reach the finish line.finish-line-300x199

This means we should have a plan of strategic moves in the times of discouragement. After-all, it happens to the best of us! Sure there are those rare times when we set out to do a project or start the path towards our dream and everything flows without any interruptions, but this is not the norm.  Life says that anything worth having or building does not come with ease. It comes with much preparation, resolve and perseverance! Let me ask you, do you have a strategic plan of action for those moments of discouragement?

I recently had a challenge even with this blog and starting my YouTube channel. It seems though as soon as I had everything set up and ready to go, the flood gates of interruptions were opened. Everything that could come up in my life did. Nothing bad, just unexpected business and family issues that I did not have before. I looked up and two months had gone by without me blogging or working on my channel. I had to recognize what was happening and strategize so that it does not happen again…. When you’ve fallen off your game, here are 5 steps to getting your focus back!

  1. Remember why you started the project in the first place and list the benefits:  Remind yourself why you had enough creativity and ingenuity to begin this project or goal in the first place. Be specific and write it down. You may need the reminder when you run into road blocks.

  2. Forgive yourself: its easy to camp out in guilt or loserville, beating yourself up and making things worse or you can decide to put it all behind you and continue on, while learning where and how you missed the mark.

  3. Have make-up days or times already in your calendar: Not only should you have tasks in your calendar, but primary or important tasks should have a make-up day/time scheduled as well, that will allow you to still reach your goal in the midst of unexpected interruptions.

  4. Put others on notice!: Share your goal with family and anyone else who could possibly be an interruption. You do not have to go into specific details, but just let them know you are in an important season where focus is needed and you may not be as available as you once were. It will prepare them for the word NO.

  5. Make peace with saying NO!: This is still a hard one for me, but we must recognize our seasons in life and know that we cannot do everything all the time. If you have started a business, a blog, gone back to school, or in your first year or two of marriage; you have to be fully engaged and focused. That means saying NO to those things that will steal your focus. Those who truly care about us will understand. It also creates accountability and may even excite those who will cheer us on!

Now get back up and get going! Here is the bonus tip: Pray, Pray, and Pray some more. Ask God to lead you and He will. He loves when we are doing things that bring Him glory!

It’s time… Ask

oie_V2loLDfWBaU7What are you doing about your dreams and goals? Do you have passions that are deep in your heart and mind that just won’t go away and you feel they are never going to materialize? Are you a jack of all trades, but master of none? Well that is just not true, we are all seamlessly gifted at something we have mastered effortlessly. Sometimes we are so used to performing in that area we do not see it as a gift or talent. I’m just here to remind you today that your life is but a vapor. The years creep by undetected it seems. Many of us have these dreams, passions, gifts, and talents tucked away inside because we just do not know where to begin to redirect our lives to the path of doing what we love. The unexpected circumstances of life steers us in a direction we did not plan many times and we just can’t seem to get back on track or even find the track! I’m sure not going to tell you it is easy to “make it happen”, but it sure is possible. Although, I believe it takes us to reach our limit of dissatisfaction with our current path. We need to reach the point where continuing “business as usual” is no longer an option and we are ready to do whatever it takes to turn the ship around.

It’s like walking into a room so cluttered and messy, you get overwhelmed and do not know where to even begin to unclutter the mess. Well, have you ever thought about getting some assistance, a coach perhaps? Sometimes we need someone to coach us through what to do and where to begin. Two hands and heads are always better than one when it comes to tackling a big project or untangling a huge mess. It takes courage and humility to ask for help and many times it is that simple. You have not because you ask not. Do not wait any longer to reorganize your life and pursue the calling God has placed inside of you. It’s time to ask for help and meet the new you and a new life.♥

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Purpose?

Your purpose in life is to make peace with a Holy God. A sinful mankind has rebelled against The Holy God, The Almighty God, the One True God creator of all the universe and all the earth and everything in it. 

Your purpose is to recognize that you are a sinful creature, repent, ask God for forgiveness, receive the truth that God sent his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross, for the propitiation of your sin, a payment-a ransom that you may be reconciled to God Almighty and have peace with God. Once you have repented, turned away from your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are commanded by God to be baptized, study The Holy Scripture-His word; that your mind may be renewed, that you may be a new creature in Christ Jesus, representing God Almighty in the earth through His grace and The power of His Holy Spirit. You accept the truth, that you are no longer of this sinful world of darkness, but you are a child of light, an Ambassador for Christ; a representative of the kingdom of God, bringing glory to Jesus Christ and always pointing to Him.
 
Your purpose is to believe the word of God as the inherent truth, line upon line, precept upon precept from Genesis to Revelation and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to set the captives free from sin and death, proclaiming to every tribe and nation in all the world, casting out demons, healing the sick and feeding the poor. This is your true purpose. Your talents, gifts and strengths are just tools God has given you to fulfill His purpose for His glory.
Therefore, we are not to seek a purpose driven life. We are to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Seek God and His kingdom for His glory and every thing else will fall into place (Matthew 6:33).
Deuteronomy 28
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Blessings on Obedience
28 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
 
Do not be deceived, God did not create you to pursue Your purpose, success and riches. Do not spend your life chasing the blessings, chase and pursue God and His holiness, The Blesser, get to truly know Him and His purpose for your existence.
Proverbs 3:5-6
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5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.
 
We are living in the last days of false christs and false teachers, beware of the deception of the enemy, satan, who strategizes to keep you from entering through the gate of everlasting life which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has set before you. Study the word to make sure you have a clear understanding of who Jesus Christ truly is and how you should follow Him. His word warns us saying that many will come in His name. Because of modern technology false doctrine is being taught every day, all day, every where. The only way for you to recognize a lie is to know the truth of God’s word for yourself! Pray, study God’s Word and ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and show you the truth.
Matthew 24:5
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5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
 
 
Revelation 22:12-21
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Jesus Testifies to the Churches
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”[a]
 
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments,[b] that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But[c] outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
 
16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
 
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
A Warning
18 For[d] I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add[e] to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away[f] his part from the Book[g] of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
 
I Am Coming Quickly
 
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
 
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
 
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.[h] Amen.
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