“When something matters to you, how you get there doesn’t matter nearly as much as why.”
– Lara Casey, Cultivate Your Life Podcast
These words from Lara Casey in episode 2 of her new podcast hit me right in the face while I was driving to work the other day, and I’ve been thinking about them ever since. This truth is so important when we’re setting goals, and honestly just in our lives in general. The “why” behind everything that we do is what motivates us, fires us up, and keeps us moving forward. If there’s no why, then why on earth are you wasting your time?
2018 started out with some ambitious goals for myself. I’ve always been a goal-oriented person – I’ve made new year’s resolutions for years (now, if I’ve kept them is a different story), I keep constant running to-do lists… You get the picture. And with 2018 being my first year to use Powersheets, I dove right in. I mean, go big or go home, right?! So I went big, and for the most part, I made some really great progress! I loved having my Powersheets to hold me accountable, and it was a great way to push myself further than I’ve ever been before.
BUT. As I progressed further into 2018, I started realizing that some of the goals that I had set for myself were goals that I felt like I should be doing, or everyone else was doing them, or they seemed like the “right” thing to do, but I was not fired up about them. And that’s a problem. For instance, I thought it would be so fun to run the half-marathon in Disney World. I’m a total Disney nerd, I love visiting the parks and riding the rides and just taking in all things Disney, but you know what I don’t love?… Running. I absolutely hate running, I have never found any enjoyment from it, and if I make myself do it I dread it completely. So why on earth did I have a goal of running a half-marathon? Honestly the goal should’ve just been to take another trip to Disney for all of the “progress” I was making towards this fictional race.
So I re-evaluated, and made some changes to how I set my intentions. Are the things that I’m planning going to move me towards the life that I want to be living when I’m 30, 50, 80 years old? Are they going to build up myself and others, encourage, and support them? Are they going to push me towards things that I truly believe in and want to accomplish? Are they going to push me towards Jesus? And now I have a new perspective for 2019. Less time wasted thinking about the things the world tells me I should be doing, and more time spent dreaming about what God is placing on my heart, big and small. And I’m 100% still using my Powersheets to get there, because I’m a believer, and I don’t think I can ever go back!
I want to cultivate what matters every. single. day. And that’s what I plan on doing!