Last week we entered the final quarter of 2019.
At this time of year, goal-conscientious people usually start assessing their progress against the targets they set out for in the beginning of the year. Businesses start evaluating their metrics to gauge how their year-end numbers are tracking.
How are you making out so far? Have you been able to accomplish many of the goals that you set in January? What do you still want (or need) to achieve before December 31st? Or have you just been living life as it comes at you, without a plan for the future?
Think of a Championship basketball game – what happens in the team huddle before the team start of the 4th quarter? Hopefully the coach has evaluated the pulse of the game to that point and knows what the team is capable of accomplishing, given the talent, skill, and preparation they have built throughout the entire season.
Depending on how strong the team started out, and based on their consistency throughout the game, adjustments are made, and strategies are formed to bring home the Dub when the clock reads 0:00.
Or consider this in terms of another sport – the grueling 400-meter run in Track and Field. This was my least favorite event when I ran track in high school. I remember hiding in bathrooms, under bleachers, in cars, doing whatever I could to try to get out of running it. Anyone who has ever competed in the 400 can attest to the massive invisible bear that jumps on your back after you have run three-quarters of the race.
It’s critical to get a strong start in that first 100 meters to position yourself in the race, and coaches will teach different strategies to their runners for the optimal performance. But no matter what strategy is used, once you hit that 300 mark on the final curve, your body just wants to shut down and find relief from the extreme physical exertion your body has endured to that point.
But stopping is not an option – the combination of training and sheer willpower will determine the winner of the race. And although every runner wants to cross the finish line first, no matter what place they finish in, if they’ve beaten their previous time and achieved a personal best, that’s still a victory to celebrate.
Perhaps you’ve had a challenging, disappointing, or even lack-luster 2019 performance up to this point. Be Encouraged! You still have one more quarter to go – only 100 meters left to run. Shake that bear off your back – your race to 2020 is not done yet. You have time to strategize and determine what adjustments need to be made in your life before the ball drops in Times Square.
And not to freak you out or anything, but we are not just finishing out the year – we will also be ending another decade! Now I have never made plans and goals for a decade, but I will be planning for this upcoming one as there will be some major changing impacting my life. In this next decade our girls will be leaving for college and we’ll be Empty Nesters (Wait…WHAT???)
The 1920’s were known as the Roaring 20’s because of the dramatic changes that occurred in American Society culturally, socially, and financially. I have no idea how history will remember the current decade we are closing out, or the new one we are approaching, but personally, I’m expecting and planning for my own Roaring 20’s kicking off in January.
Have you ever heard the saying, ‘you can’t keep doing the same things, and expect different results’? Well, now that I’ve finally opened up my gifts, I’m committed to fully leaping out of my comfort zone and focusing on fulfilling every purpose for which God put me on this earth. Destined 4 the Dub will be expanding to do greater ministry, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to write books and articles to share the gospel.
It’s crazy how something can be scary and exciting at the same time! But the key will be taking heed to this week’s Steady State Scripture – ensuring that every step I take is with purpose and working to eliminate wasteful and time-stealing habits and practices that hinder my progress towards my goals (I’m eyeballing you Facebook).
So, when you get your Census surveys next year, think of this specific blog and be reminded that the 1st Quarter of 2020 is in the books, and you only have 3 more quarters left to achieve those goals.
And remember, goals – without a plan of action – are just dreams.
Runners take your mark (position yourselves to meet those goals!)
Set (Are you ready to do this?)
Are you happy with your personal, spiritual, and professional progress so far in 2019?
If not, what changes, adjustments, and strategies can be made to ensure you finish out the year and decade strong?
Consider goal-planning for not only 2020, but your own personal 20s decade. What would you like to achieve by 2030?
Feel free to share your response in the comments section…