What If I Stumble?

Posted: December 17, 2016 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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Yesterday we looked at setting goals and a plan to help you achieve them. Well we also know that even our best plans will sometimes stumble. Things come up. Things happen and sometimes quite frankly, we miss the mark or maybe we just get a little complacent or even lazy. It happens even to the best of us. So what if you have the goal but you miss the mark?
whatifistumble1216Well the first answer is a simple one. Don’t give up: So you are taking longer than you had intended, for whatever reason. At the YMCA that I sometimes go to to work out, there is a sign that says “No matter how slow you’re going, you’re still lapping everyone sitting on the couch.” That is the absolute truth. You may get behind, but still much further ahead than everyone who’s goals never get past the dream stage. Getting behind is not fatal, only quitting is.

Redirect: Sometimes difficulties come by design to make us rethink or change direction, but they should not make us quit. If the circumstances around your goal begin to change, you have a choice. Redirect or plow through.

Change your perspective: Sometime you just need to look at things from a different angle. When I work on a painting. It can be very difficult to see the big picture when I am right on top of it. Sometimes I need to take a few steps back and look at the whole picture. This will usually help me to grow and adjust and correct.

Get a different perspective: I can’t tell you how many times I was in the midst of a project and I felt likeI painted myself into proverbial corner. I felt like I was irreparably stuck. What I really was, was too close to the project. When I shared my issue with someone who was not as close to it, they could almost automatically see the way out. The reason for this is simple. They are not as involved and invested, they can see the flaws more clearly and they can often also tell you what’s not working.

Get unstuck: One of the great things about breaking a project down into steps is sometimes we can skip a step. If the step you’re on to the goal is proving too difficult, don’t get stuck, look for other things that you can get done and work on those while you figure out how to repair or redirect the broken step. This way you get to keep moving toward your goal.

These are just a few ideas, there are many more and you will most likely discover them if you do the one thing we all have to do one our way to a goal, namely, keep going forward. Lastly do yourself a favor. Don’t expect this to be easy. If everything in reaching your goal is easy for you, you’re not being stretched, and being stretched is how we grow.

Set your goal, and move toward it. If you stumble (in any way) pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.

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