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My 2015 Goals

I’ve been chatting a lot on social media about goals this past week.  It’s still the beginning of the year, which means that there is still a lot of energy being applied to meeting the goals we’ve made.  This is good! We should keep pressing towards our goals.  I wrote about why I’ve given up on resolutions and switched to goals over here.  Read that for the back story…

Goals are the type of thing that if you miss the mark, you just do a little mid-course correction.  I have a friend who has a great saying in life…  “Just monitor and adjust”.  That’s the way that goals are.  If you mess up by say driving through Chick-Fil-A and ordering a deluxe chicken sandwhich with a large lemonade, and a large fry, there is always a fresh start, and a chance to continue eating healthy.  Not that that happened…

This past week I instagramed a few pics as I’m taking steps towards my #2015Goals.


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Funny thing is, you may not understand just how risky those pictures are in my world.  But they are a big part of achieving my goals for 2015.  More on that later…

Here’s my #2015Goals…

  1. Be healthier: Mentally, Physically, & Spiritually.  This one probably doesn’t need a lot of explanation.  At the end of the year I want to be in better physical shape than when I started the year.  Unfortunately, that won’t be too hard for me.  Mentally, I want to focus on being positive and less stressed this next year.  Spiritually I want to follow Jesus more and more each and every day.  I want to love Jesus more this time next year than I do right now.  I want to be increasingly more faithful to what He’s called me to throughout this year.
  2. Read through the New Testament.  I love the New Testament.  God has been writing a story from Genesis to Revelation, but I love that as the Church we find ourselves in the New Testament, and I want to be more and more familiar with it.
  3. Risk more.  Sometimes it becomes so easy to live a safe life.  A life that has goals so low that it would be impossible to miss them.  It is easy to say “No” to dreams and visions you have simply because they could cost something.   These types of goals could hurt a bit, or make you uncomfortable.  Maybe I’ll get made fun of by friends, or colleagues.  Or what will my family think?  I’ve been cooking up some ideas, some things that I want to do, but they seem risky to me.  Well, this is the year that I’m going to have courage and RISK MORE!
  4. Memorize 20 verses.  I want to have scripture constantly on my mind, and in my heart.  I always admired my dad faithfully taking out his verse cards and setting those verses to memory.  I want more of that!
  5. Consistently blog and thoughtfully express content.  I know that I’m healthiest when I am taking things in and also putting things out.  What I mean is, I love to read, but I also love to write, speak, teach, etc.  So, this certainly helps me with my first goal of being healthier.  And I’d love to have your help with this one.  What are some things that you think I should write/talk about?

So what about you?  What are you shooting for this year?  What are your #2015goals?  Drop them in a comment, share them on instagram/facebook/twitter, and use the hashtag #2015goals.  I’d love to hear what you are focused on this year.



Why I’ve given up on New Years Resolutions

New Years ResolutionsIt’s 2015.  How’s it going?  Let’s have a quick check-in…  How are those resolutions that you made just a few days ago? I’ll tell you what, it’s tough isn’t it?  Here we are less than a month in, and it seems like they are already slipping too far out of sight.  I bet by now that you’ve eaten someting you resolved you wouldn’t, called someone you said you were done with, or you choose your couch over the treadmill.

I don’t do resolutions.  In fact, I’m done with resolutions.  They alwasy feel like I’m trying to boil the ocean.  Someone once told me that we shouldn’t try to boil the ocean, it will never happen.  So, I’ve given up trying.  I’ve given up because I hate the way that it makes me feel when I fail.  I’m pretty sure that I have failed nearly every resolution that I have ever made.

That’s because I’m a broken, imperfect, flawed, human.  I am trying to figure out how to go through life and become all that God desires for me to be.  I’m trying to find my way, and help others.  My guess is that you are very similar to me.  Our stories are similar…

Eventually we burn out at the gym.

Eventually we stop eating paleo, vegan, natural, clean, or whatever variety of eating is the current rage.

Eventually we go back to whatever makes us feel good even though it hurts us.

Eventually we go back, we give up, we give in.

And that is why I’m so thankful for grace!  Grace is the unmerited, unearned favor of God.  The beginning of the year always reminds me of my need for grace and my constant struggle against grace.  I’m reminded of my need for grace because of all of the times that I fail my resolutions.  But I am also reminded of my struggle against accepting grace because my resolutions make it seem like I can accomplish something on my own.  If I check off all the boxes on my list, I will be successful and happy.  It makes me feel like it’s possible to be a self made man.

That’s why I gave up on resolutions.

But I haven’t given up entirely, just on resolutions.  In the beginning of the year I set goals, not resolutions.  Goals allow breathing room for grace to squeeze in.  I’ll share my goals with you later, but for now, how’s it going?  Just remember, you are human, and you are going to make mistakes, and slip up.  Don’t worry.  There’s grace for that.



Dreaming for a Difference

Do you remember when you were a kid, what you thought was ‘old’?  What was the magical age that you officially turned ‘old’?  For me, I thought you were old when you hit 40.  That was over the hill in my book.  What age was it for you?  Funny thing is, the closer I get to 40, the younger it seems!

As a kid, what did you think that your life was going to look like when you were 25, 30, 35, 40, etc…  Probably you had visions of playing in the major league, or already having been on the cover of Vogue, or some other magazine.  Maybe you envisioned owning several beach houses, and a yacht.  Who knows.  But chances are your childhood version of you was somehow way cooler than the version of you right now. Continue reading

2 Keys to Success: Clarity and Discipline

disciplineIt is almost half way through 2014!  Can you believe that?  It feels like just the other day we were ushering in the New Year.  But here we are and time keeps on ticking!  So, here’s a little middle of the year check up. How are you doing with your goals and resolutions?  I’ll be honest with you, and tell you that mine have not been going that well!  I can make excuses, and tell you all kinds of tales of woe, as to why they aren’t going well.  The reality is that they aren’t.  And if you are in the same boat as me, you need to know:
They are just goals.  They are something to shoot for.  But now that we are midway through the year, it is probably time to readjust the goals, or reset them!  I have a friend who uses the phrase, ‘monitor and adjust.’  Everything is about doing the best we have with the time and resources we’ve got, and now it is time to monitor and adjust.

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