S.M.A.R.T

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S.M.A.R.T

Here it is a New Year, and this is my third attempted at starting and continuing with my blog. Every year I get re-inspired and every year I fail. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. People set goals each year and every year they fall short, and some just outright fail. So what can I do and what can you do differently this year so we can actually reach our goals?

I want to point out that the reason I fail at my blog every year isn’t because of a lack of desire or passion. I’m sure whatever your goal is you really want to see it through. I’m sure you’re passionate about getting fit, writing that book, working on your relationship, planting that church, or starting your business.

I’m sure it’s not a lack of passion, calling or desire on your part either. I know this will not seem deeply spiritual but hopefully it’s simply practical. It really comes down to something I learned in college in my business classes; my goals have not been S.M.A.R.T!

Smart Goals are:

Specific— Make sure your goal is specific and not vague. For example a vague goal would be I am going to start my blog this year. A specific goal says I am going to start my blog Monday, January 6th, and will post a weekly post each Monday by 10a.m.

Measurable—You have to have some way to measure your progress. For example, with my blog I am posting once a week on Monday. If Tuesday comes and I don’t have a post I missed my deadline. I can easily see every week if I am on track or not.

Attainable—Is your goal attainable? That’s the question here. For example if I said I was going to do a blog everyday this year as a new blogger, for me that would be unattainable. I know some blogging guru’s do it but I’m not there yet. An attainable goal for me is to do start of as weekly blogger.

Relevant– Is there a point or a purpose to what you are doing? My purpose with this blog is to say things that can help and inspire people. It also helps me learn and grow in the area of writing and communication. Some day I want to write a book. I think this is a good start.

Time-Based– Goals will not be reached without a time frame attached to it. How would you be able to measure if you were meeting your goal if you don’t set a date? That’s why every Monday at 10 I will be putting out a blog.

I really hope this blog inspires you to make your goals S.M.A.R.T! I also look forward to celebrating with you as you reach your goals this Year!!

CUT IT DOWN!

I have been in a season of transition for the past several months. Now I’m in a new season and a new place. I may be in a new place with a new assignment but one thing is the same I’m still running the race. What I have discovered over the past several years is that when we are in the mist of change or transition it’s a great time to examine our lives and what we are doing. It is a great time to remove things that are slowing us down or holding us back.

 So many people, churches, ministries, and business want to go to the next level. We all want to have fruit in our lives in our churches or ministries. No one runs their race thinking I hope I fail, and I hope I pick up things that slow me down and trip me up. To Run the Race fruitfully and to reach our full potential We may need to toss aside or cut down a few things.

Luke 13: 6-9 (NLT)Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

 

This story always smacks me in the face I believe it’s a great wake up call. I love how direct it is; if it bears fruit great keep it! If it doesn’t CUT IT DOWN!

 What personally are we hanging on to? What things are we doing that have not produced fruit in years, but we keep doing?  What things have we sprinkled fertilizer on for years with no results? If it’s producing fruit and adding value great! Keep it! If not maybe it’s time to pull out the ax so to speak and cut down the things that keep holding us back!

Transition pt. 2- Enjoy the Ride!

Last week I posted on Transition and how it can be such a weird season. Transition is not really here nor there it’s that in-between on the way to where your going kind of thing. At the beginning of this whole experience I just wanted it to end and be there wherever there might be. Don’t’ get me wrong I am looking forward to what God has next for us, but now I’ve learned to enjoy the ride!

I realized if I didn’t’ I would always be looking for the next thing and I missed all the great things along the way. My outlook on transition changed when I began to study David’s life.

David was called to be king, but it is all the victories, stories, and assignments in-between that we still talk about today! Think about it! We always talk about the lion and the bear. We talk and teach on how David whooped up on Goliath. We talk about how he stood up when the rest of the army was hiding. We talk on how David and all these guys were hiding out in a cave depressed, and distressed and God took that mess and rose up a might army and they became the mighty men!!

I really believe that It’s so important that we enjoy the journey. I had to stop and think over this past year and just celebrate the wins even if they were small! What wins can you celebrate today?

Stop waiting for the season your in to be over!

Don’t rush it celebrate the doors God opens celebrate killing the bear celebrate killing the lion celebrate killing the giant, and enjoy the ride!!!

Transition- Pt. 1

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

I Know I haven’t blogged in over a year, but it was a weird year!! Jason and I are in transition right now, and if you have ever been in transition you know what I’m talking about!! One thing I noticed about transition is it’s not a hot topic to talk about. There are a plethora of books written about leadership, growth, outreach, ect…, but not much about the in-between, or if your walking through some type of disappointment.

The weird thing about transition is that so many people at some point or another will experience transition. It isn’t just a ministry thing but a life thing. One thing I have noticed through this entire situation is that God is faithful. Even when I don’t understand everything or know exactly how every detail will play out. I do know God is faithful, it will be good, and he’s working it all out. I know that might sound elementary but when you’re in the middle of it, it’s an anchor!!

A week ago I sent out a post asking what did you learn in transition-here is some of the comments!

Latrice- I’ve learned that sometimes the transitions are not about moving             locations, or job changes. Sometimes they are God’s way of transitioning the  heart from a me-centered, or fill-in-the-blank-centered focus to a more Christ- centered focus. Without the pressure, uncertainty, and stretch of the transition, one might remain stagnant or passive.

Paige- That God’s timing is perfect

Mike-Transition is difficult especially when you are living Romans 12:1-2 testing and knowing the will of God as you offer yourselves as a living sacrifice. I love to say it is awesome and awful, beautiful and brutal but so worth it.

Melanie–Transition time for me has been God-chasing time. Seeking Him is great             because of the promise attached to it, we find Him! Loving God’s presence!

Jason – Don’t let the past failures or disappointments limit us

I think I’m going to keep writing during the rest of my transition, so in a year I can look back at this and say wow what a cool story!!

-Tara

Desire + Discipline = Delight

Desire + Discipline = Delight

I love January! There is always a new sense of beginning in the air. It seems to be a month of new beginnings, and starting over. A new year always seems to bring new dreams, new goals, and a new fire that seems to be contagious. I love reading my friends reflections of the previous year, and their declarations of the New Year; it’s inspiring! I love the new, I love to dream, and I love new beginnings, but we need to keep the passion and dreams that are burning in our hearts in January alive and burning in our hearts in July. (I know good thought right!)

It’s easy to get excited with the new that is why Gym’s all across America capitalize on this and offer great deals for Gym memberships. We’ve all seen it, “If you sign up for a year get the first month for free!” They know you are going to start strong and quit by July. They know you are excited about losing weight and being fit and healthy, but they also know you will begin to dread getting up at 4:30 AM to work out.” I have to say I have been guilty of this; right after my first son Kaden was born I bought a membership to a Gym I started up in January, and I loved to say I made it,  but I was done by February.
Why did I fail? I didn’t keep the vision and the passion I had in January, and I didn’t cultivate my passion into discipline. Yes! I used the D word “Discipline” I know it’s not the word you want to hear in January. You want to hear something that rhymes like my 2012 will be divine! In 2012 I will thrive so hold on for the ride!
We need the passion, the fire, the vision, and the word that God spoke to you burning in your heart. I believe God wants to do the impossible in and through you this year. I just want to encourage you to keep what you got in January burning hot all year! Keep it before you. Paul told Timothy to stir up the gift, to stir up the dream, and to fan the flame!

2 Timothy 1: 6 (Amp) that is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire]!
Whatever God has spoken to you about 2012, don’t let it go! Keep it stirred up!! Keep that momentum and drive all way through!!! Desire + Discipline = Delight.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy%201&version=AMP

JUST START

For My first entry in my blog I really desired something witty and inspirational to say, so I literally waited for weeks to post anything. I know laugh all you want, but this was eye opening for me. How many of us wait and never begin. We have dreams of the some day the one day, oh and lets not forget are divine appointment day, but what about the start day. What are you putting off that God put in your heart to do? What are waiting for? If you wait for everything to be perfect or for that BIG opportunity you will always be left waiting why others are doing! Don’t despise the day of small beginnings (Zech 4) Just Begin!

I believe there are people right now that came to this blog not by accident, but to hear this one word, “START”. If God told you to do something stop waiting for the perfect moment and just begin already! This generation needs you and is waiting on you! There are songs that need to be written and sung. Business that need to be started! Ideas that need to be cultivated and shared, and cities that need to be reached for Christ! It’s time to START!!