“2020 is gonna be huge!” “Vision 20/20!” “Clarity and Increase!”
These are some quotes that flooded my newsfeed leading up to the new year. There was a sense of “get ready” in the air and people were preparing for the next big thing. Although I initially joined the momentum, I discovered an even greater revelation later on.
The late, world-renowned painter Vincent Van Gogh once stated, “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” Could it be that we’ve overlooked the “in between” steps that are needed to accomplish big goals? Have we focused only on the “pot of gold” without considering the steps needed to obtain it? I can attest to living by that logic at one point.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to the glitz and glam of events. Whether or not they were birthday parties, proms, balls, or church conferences, I’ve admired elaborate detailing and seamless productions. So when it came time to host my first purity conference, my heart exploded!
I wanted the big, bold, and beautiful. I wanted the best of the best in everything. But little did I know it required much wisdom, resources, and careful planning to get there. I was crushed when I had to downsize my vision for the first conference. But I learned through the challenges that small steps and humble beginnings matter just as much as the big vision.
Maybe you too have focused on the big “boom”! Maybe it’s that big business idea, that house, or that fitness weight goal. Remember that there are small steps needed to get there and they are just as valuable. Rome was not built in a day so I encourage you to write down your short term and long term goals.
What do you want to accomplish this year? How do you plan on getting it done? What steps have you taken to prepare for it? Here are tips that have helped me that I’d like to share with you.
- Celebrate your small successes! They bring you closer to your goal.
- Be a finisher! If you’ve set out to do something, work at seeing it through to the end.
- Have accountability friends/partners. Even if it’s a Youtuber or virtual coach, set yourself up to keep going.
- Don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t go the way you planned. Life and God have ways of rocking our world. The change can actually work in your favor.
- Recall who God says you are. Meditating on scripture that affirms your identity can help you not feel like a failure.
- Focus on how great He is. Taking your focus off of your shortcomings and putting your hope in Christ is a win everytime. How great is our God!
- Switch up your environment. It helps me to have a quiet space where I can concentrate and not be distracted. Find your space. It may be a library, room in your house, or local coffee shop but go wherever you can flow.
I pray that on this journey you will embrace each little step. That you will know that you are enough to get it done. That you realize that God has given you the grace to accomplish whatever it is He has placed before you! You’re an overcomer and it’s okay to take life one step at a time. 🌿
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.John Wooden
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:10 ESV
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