As 2016, comes to a close, I find myself browsing through my list of goals and intentions. I'm a believer in the power of thoughts and written manifestation. I remember being in college and talking with my friends and planning out our lives. “When I graduate…” we would say as we told elaborate tales of what life would be like a year from now.
On my twenty-first birthday, I typed a list titled, “21 Before 25”. On my twenty-second birthday, a year after graduation I typed yet another list this time titled, “22 Things I’ve Learned in 22 Years.” The thought was that if I wrote my expectations they would come true, not fully incorporating the work I needed to do.
Always expecting daydreams to come true. We all have goals, yet we are all afraid to act when shown the requirements. We rationalize why not’s and give so many excuses that we talk ourselves out of the very things we want. Convincing ourselves that maybe “My next check,” or “As soon as xyz happens, then I can.” We limit ourselves and rid even the slightest possibility of achievement. What we fail to recognize is that there is no better time than now.
I say that God has a plan, but he also gave us free will to make decisions. It’s like having a destination, but no map. We master our journey and can choose to follow the status quo or take charge. No one said it would be easy, but I’d rather chase my dreams than bury them. We feel overwhelmed and don’t pursue our goals. This is why I make list. Each time I write (or type) these goals I am creating a roadmap and often envision myself achieving them.
I once heard someone say goals aren’t meant to be maintained. You should assess, reevaluate, remove and expand. Think about a vision board, we constantly add or clip out new quotes depending on the space we’re in. I’m not one for resolutions, but there is a feeling of “refresh” to the New Year.
I create goals and intentions because I want more for me. I know that God has provided the resources needed to attain them. This is a simple reminder to pursue your passion and go after what sets your heart on fire. Grab ahold and seek it fearlessly.