Abbey is with us again today sharing her lens and insight on how to reach our goals and stay committed to what’s important to us after the feeling has passed. Her commitment to always be learning about herself while extending grace is so inspiring to me.
In an earlier blog, Becky wrote about the idea of having a word for the year. I absolutely love choosing what will “be my lens for the new year”. I’m still waiting on my word, but as my husband and I were looking forward to the entrance of the new year, he discovered his word for 2020 – Hungry.
As we processed the meaning of his word, he expressed that he wants to stay hungry to learn and grow. He wants to be hungry to learn more within his profession. He wants to be hungry for time with Jesus. He wants to establish routines to be healthy and have a hunger to keep improving. I think it is a great word for him!
However, if he really wants to stay hungry, he can’t settle for just the feeling of being hungry. So many people begin the year with good intentions and have a desire to change… and that’s a great starting place! But when the initial feeling or hunger for change passes, when the first roadblock appears, they often fall short of the goal. Alone, the hunger to make a change won’t allow you to accomplish that goal. But hunger, coupled with action, will.
So as you look forward to your aspirations for 2020, as you look at the changes you want to make, the dreams you want to follow, the freedoms you want to acquire, the joy you want to create, make sure you aren’t JUST hungry. You need a plan.
I don’t know about you, but I love food. I love to look forward to a meal. There are times when I can feel satisfied by quickly eating something to satiate my hunger. But the times that I feel the most excited are the times I get to anticipate and enjoy something specific. Your dream is like that too.
What if you treated your dream like a meal you’re looking forward to? You’re hungry for something. Instead of just wishing to have it, you plan when you’ll eat it, find a really great looking recipe, and buy the ingredients (using grocery pick-up, of course). You check over the directions and aren’t surprised by the step telling you the mixture needs to sit in the fridge overnight because you knew it was coming. When that deliciousness is finally prepared, you know just how long to let it cook. You rest while it cooks and smell the savory air wafting from the oven. When you take that first, glorious bite, that longing and hunger you felt is finally satisfied and you can bask in the goodness of what you just made.
Treat your dream the same way. Write it down with a timeline for when you’d like it to be accomplished. Break it down into real, actionable steps and try to anticipate and solve the things that might throw you off course. Begin acquiring the skills you’ll need to make it a reality; maybe find someone to learn from who has successfully done it. Then take time to rest as you allow the dream to come alive. Make sure you are also coming alive; following this dream should provide you energy even as you exert energy to create it. Then, when you finally have that dream in front of you, take time to rejoice in the process and enjoy the completion.
Don’t settle for fast food when you can have a delicious, home-cooked meal. Don’t be afraid of the number of ingredients required. Don’t let the cook-time dissuade you. Plan ahead, break it down, and enjoy the process as much as the final product. Will it be worth it? If your answer is yes, it’s worth every ounce of effort.