The Squiggly Line to Success

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January 1 2016 - Blog PostThe New Year Day

From the vantage of 2015 the New Year and 2016 was all posh, untainted, and the most successful time of my life.

Here I am, on the 2016 side, and what I discover is the need for faithfulness in the moment. In the day. What will I do today to reach my goals?

Yesterday, I was reading The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran.

Brian’s book helped me understand it won’t work to take the lazy route until September then try to make up for all the wasted opportunities in order to hit my goals by December 31.

Beat-Up Writer

Frankly, today I feel somewhere between beat-up, humble, and realistic.

I can put on a fake happy face and pretend I’m the newest undiscovered USA’s Got Talent writer and then sit and do nothing. Or, I can choose to put seat in the chair and bleed over the keyboard, be entirely honest and vulnerable and attempt to make authentic connections.

Shauna Niequest has probably been the most inspiration I have ever received on being vulnerable. Her interview with Michael Hyatt in Platform University is one I go back to. She promotes transparency, vulnerability, and candor. She connects as a friend and not as an expert.

After spending time yesterday on 2016 goals, I confess I left the office last night (December 31, 2015) with my heart pushing into my throat, with a slight twist in my stomach, and almost a puke taste on my tongue. All these things I want to accomplish and how in the world?

My wife and I spent our morning taking our turn cleaning a portion of the church house and then I attempted to resurrect my wife’s iPhone that finally conceded to an iCloud backup. Of course, with my wife’s yummy sauerkraut, sausage, and mashed potatoes tucked in the middle of that agenda, along with some baby squeezing of my beloved son.)

After I made it to the office I realized that the line to success is certainly not straight and linear. It’s the very first day of a brand new year, and I sure have not been making any glowing accomplishments on how I thought it should have been started.

I don’t yet understand the full meaning of Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps, but there is something in there that points to the fact that I don’t have 100% control, even though I think I might have.

Commit Your Plans to God

All in all, I see I need help.

The best I know to do is follow the instruction of Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.

This verse really seems backwards. I’d like to commit my thoughts to the Lord and then my works will come after that. But I believe the real meaning in this verse is that I need to be active and whatever actions/works I am doing I need to commit to the Lord, then He will give me the ideas and thoughts of what and how to go from there—and what to do next.

How has your 2016 been so far? If you read this blog post I really would like to hear from you. Please comment below. Thanks so much.