Claudia and I are in the process of going through Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever goal-setting program. (Great program, by the way!)
One of the things Michael talked about in the program was, rather than having an elaborate strategic plan for exactly how we’re going to accomplish our goals and how every detail will play out along the way, we just need to take the next step and trust the process as it unfolds.
I have to tell you, this was a great reminder (especially to me as a more strategic, analytical thinker). It means I don’t have to have it all figured out ahead of time.
Sure, it’s good to put a plan in place. But you can only see so far with a plan and at some point you just have to move forward without being able to see the end. Our focus should not stay on developing a plan, but on taking the next step which moves us towards our goal.
During the first summer of our marriage, Claudia and I took an incredible road trip from Pennsylvania to California and back.
There were many times while driving through the night that we could only see a few hundred feet in front of us. We didn’t know if there would be roadblocks, detours, or obstacles up ahead, but it never even crossed our minds to worry about these things. We trusted the road would eventually take us where we needed to go and our headlights would illuminate the path in front of us as we continued to drive.
It’s the same in life. As we move forward with courage and faith, the path will be illuminated along the way. Let’s focus on taking the next step in front of us confidently, rather than trying to see every specific turn and route on the path ahead.
Have you set goals for the upcoming year? What is the next step that you need to take for each of your goals?
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