On Goals, Calling, and Values

On Goals

We are part way into the second month of 2016 now (Didn’t we just start 2015?). Naturally, many of our conversations throughout the past month started with those very familiar questions. “What’s your new years resolution”? “What goals do you have for the year ahead”? If you are anything like me, then you are rarely prepared to answer these questions when they come. After all many of us only spend a month or two out of each year intentionally thinking about our goals, and what feel we should be pursuing with our lives. I am typically no exception, but this season was a little different. The nature of what I am looking for with my writings here had me starting to work through goals and calling as early as October when I began building this site. Although I am not a wildly successful entrepreneur or small business owner, I have had the opportunity to be surrounded by and learn from many around me in the past few years. All of this has given me a chance to stand on the outside and roll some things around my head. I know February seems a little late to write about these things, but bare with me here. January was a necessary month of collecting all my own goals and dreams for the year. It felt surprisingly healthy not to rush into it all.

I wanted to share a small collection of my (not always related) thoughts on what I have learned, and am continuing to learn. Some of these thoughts are more practical, while others a little deeper and still in development. Either way, I hope that these little tidbits can motivate you to move forward and grow into what is in store for you.

  • Starting my year with a lot of de-cluttering, both physical, emotional, and spiritual has left a lot of room to focus. I highly recommend it.
  • Our calling is not something we do, but rather it is somewhere we are lead to go and a state of mind.
  • Calling finds us where we are. We can be living out our calling right in the places we are spending our time, and with the people we are spending our time with.
  • We often feel that the word calling is directly related to fame, money, or other forms of personal gain. Sometimes those things come as a byproduct of following our calling, but should never be mistaken as the end goal. Calling can be something as quiet and personal as being a good parent, friend, or leader.
  • We should not fear, resent, or hide from our calling. It will continue to find us..
  • Whether you call it a resolution or a goal does not matter. What matters is that you turn it into something palpable, and build on it.
  • Writing down your goals is important at any given point during the year. So is putting those goals in a consistently visible place. It allows you to see and remember what you are working towards.
  • Goals ARE in fact work. They take your time, effort, and will require you to make sacrifices. Make sure they are worth these things before committing to them.
  • Accountability is VERY important. Share your goals with a few people you trust, and that won’t act as enablers when you are falling behind.
  • No goal is too small or too large. Some may just take much great commitment than others. You have more than just this year to make a goal happen.
  • Goals always seem to be about the external (our bodies, travel, a habit), but working on our mind and spirit is equally or more important.
  • Preparation is also important, but don’t spend so much time preparing that you forget to start.
  • NIKE and Shia Lebeouf, all those self help books, and your friendly internet memes actually got it right…”Just do it”
  • If you feel lead to start something or build something, but there is someone out there already doing it, that is okay. Don’t give up on a passion just because you are not the first to follow it. It is uniquely your own.
  • You may have a cool idea or may build very beautiful things, but that will only take your business so far. Strong character will take you the rest of the way, and keep you afloat when people get bored with what you’re making.
  • This may be one of the most important things I say here…Always invest in the people around you. Invest in them selflessly and with the knowledge that this time and effort may not be returned to you. I could write a book on this part alone. There are is a lot of character growth and countless lessons to be learned in this arena.
  • When you are making it where you want to go, don’t forget where you started.
  • Believe in what you’re doing. If you don’t, then go do something else.
  • Pass on knowledge, and share your time to those attempting to follow similar paths.
  • Find a mentor, and mentor someone yourself. You can learn a lot.
  • Do not worship busyness



One thought on “On Goals, Calling, and Values

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    This is excellent, babe.

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