In order to fully pursue the purpose God has placed on our lives, we are looking at how to avoid self-defeating behaviors. Each week for six weeks we’re looking at one of the following:
To get out of you own way, you need to remember…
1. …your identity
2. …what you are doing
3. …your purpose
4. …the people
5. …to be strategic
6. …the outcome
REMEMBER TO BE STRATEGIC
Let’s look at two areas where you need to be intentional:
It’s easy to get stuck and unable to move forward in your purpose when you don’t have a plan to reach that purpose. When your approach is to work on it when you have a chunk of time or when a prospect presents itself or when the spirit moves you, you are dead in the water before you even begin. No matter what your purpose is, you need a PLAN. Yes, that means goals and objectives. Yes, that means a to-do list. Yes, it means tracking your progress.
You have been given a talent. It’s your obligation to share it with the world. There’s no need put it on the back burner of your life. Have a plan, work on it a little bit each day. If you don’t, you ARE sabotaging yourself.
I have a friend who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. She has met celebrated people and had incredible offers fall into her lap. However she never learned how to be strategic with these opportunities. She assumed this run of good fortune was how her life would always be. Rather than realizing that these events were stepping stones to create a path to her success, she thought that they were success in themselves. She didn’t realize she needed to develop relationships and connections with and through these events. I’m sure you know what happened next. The well dried up. Opportunities stopped presenting themselves. Because she had depended on them to keep her moving forward, she had no plan for what to do next. She sabotaged herself because she only thought about and reacted to things as they came along and didn’t think about developing them for the future. Had she been strategic she would not be where she is now: hoping that “God has something out there somewhere… eventually.”
You cannot depend on one source to provide everything you need – not one person, not one organization, not one opportunity – no matter how wonderful or permanent it may seem. It’s important to network – both with people and in ideas. When an opportunity comes along or a new relationship presents itself, look beyond the immediate/obvious benefits.
You can read my previous post on Being Intentional and Networking by clicking here.
Next week: REMEMBERING THE OUTCOME