If you’re like me, you’d characterize yourself as an ambitious goal-setter, which means that you set big goals and short deadlines to achieve them.
But what happens when your efforts to achieve your goals start to consume you?
I’ll tell you what happens… you start looking like this…
Because somewhere down the line, you set a goal and fell into the trap of worrying about time. Yes, the t-word, time. And believe me, I’m guilty of this too. In fact, right now, I have a series of goals that will take time to accomplish. And for the last few months, I’ve obsessed about them. I’ve questioned my method of execution, I considered alternate routes to lead me there sooner, I’ve asked my fiancee a billion times if she thinks I’ll achieve them and finally I arrived at this conclusion…
It will take time.
Goals help keep us on track, they’re really great, so don’t think I’m telling you not to set goals. Please, by all means, do. However, I am pointing out how we can get distracted.
See, I thought, if I set goals and put together a plan that my goals would get accomplished right away. And that works if you set a goal like, I’m going to take out the trash on Friday, because the trash will be picked up on Friday and you just need to plan to put it out on Thursday, right? That’s simple. But big goals, big dreams, big visions take time, just like all the really good things do (babies, cakes, movies, etc.).
Don’t let the fear of, “What if I run out of time?”, keep you from enjoying the journey. Don’t ask yourself, “Are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet?” every second of the day. It will not help you arrive at your destination sooner. It will frazzle you. It will make you question your dream and/or goal and your ability to achieve it. Just know that…
Time is on your side.
It’s just waiting for you to use it effectively. Remember, God would not have given us a purpose if he didn’t give us adequate time to fulfill it. So chill out. Enjoy the journey. Set your goals, create a plan, execute the plan, use your faith and rejoice in the waiting room.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come…” -Habakkuk 2:3