We are in that time of year when many people are going on vacation. Most of us do a great deal of planning for our vacations. We decide where we are going, how long we will stay there, and what we will do while we are there.
If you are like my wife, you also plan exactly when, where, and what the whole family will eat; at what points we stop for gas and bathroom breaks; and keep exact track of what time we are supposed to be at each mile along the way (that is a slight exaggeration, but not by much). You will also have planned out what the family does on each day and when nap breaks can be had. For many people, if the vacation is not well planned it is not a vacation.
However, I wonder how many of us put as much planning into our lives as we do our vacations. On vacation, we have goals or checkpoints to make sure we stay on task. Do we do the same with our life? Is not our life, as a whole, more important than a temporary vacation?
Yet, it seems, more people put more thought into their vacation than they do their lives. We put more effort into planning the wedding than we do the marriage. We put more concentrated effort into getting the job than we do actually working the job itself.
Imagine how much better and in control our lives would be if we took the time to plan out our lives. Not that every little detail needs to be planned (I would say the same thing about a vacation), but how nice it would be to have checkpoints along the way, ways of measuring where we are in relation to where we want to be. What are your goals?
After doing a workshop on goals I had a lady say to me, “I guess that has helped a lot of people who have the willpower to do it.” She seemed to be insinuating she did not have the willpower. My response, “It is not about willpower, it is about ‘want power’”. It really does come down to what you really want out of life.
People typically do what they need to do in order to get what they really want. They may say they want something different, but as a general rule, we all have exactly what we want. If we really want something we will do what it takes to get it.
I can sit around and say, “I want to be healthier.” But if I am just sitting around all day eating junk food it is because I do not REALLY want to be healthy. What I REALLY want is to sit around and eat junk food.
Be intentional! Do not sit around waiting for your ship to come in. If you want that ship, then swim out and get it. Stop waiting for it to come in. If you just sit and wait for it, somebody else will swim out to the ship you want and then you will just sit and complain about how lucky they were. I have discovered that the harder I work the luckier I become.
So, let’s be intentional! Let’s take some time to plan our life and then take massive action to make it happen. Use your “want power” to make it happen!
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