It’s that time.
Time to put a cupcake where your mouth is.
(I told you this was gonna be fun.)
Where the rubber meets the road.
Put the pedal to the metal… or as The Kid calls it, “Drive like my mother.”
Are you ready to choose Progress over Perfection?
Last week on Facebook Live, I talked about my aversion to goal setting.
Between my stubborn personality and tendency to say No just because everyone else is saying YES, I hopped off the New Year Resolution Train YEARS ago. (There are books I won’t read and shows I won’t watch just because “everyone” else is reading and watching them.)
I do love a fresh start, though.
Taking a personal inventory on what worked, what didn’t, and what I’d like to improve going forward.
I’m reminded of the phrase “Stagnant Water STINKS”.
Have you ever been near a pond that doesn’t have a source of fresh water?
The water gets cloudy, odd things start growing on it, and the smell is “distinctive”.
There’s no way for fresh water to come in and flush away the junk, break up the sludge, and allow new life to take root.
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That’s what this Challenge is all about.
Think about this challenge as a tulip bulb.
You need to dig deep when you plant the bulbs and let them become established UNDER the soil.
It “looks” like nothing’s happening.
The roots start growing from the base and draw in nourishment from the ground they’re planted in.
Then the Magic begins.
The leaves and flower begin to push upwards out of the bulb and through the soil.
This happens towards the END of the cycle.
After the bloom finishes, the flower’s cut and the bulb enters regeneration. The bulb multiplies under the soil and the process starts again.
That’s what Progress looks like.
Becoming rooted in, establishing new habits, and pushing upwards. That’s when you’re able to see the change that’s happening.
Paul writes in Philippians 3:12
Not that I have already reached the goal or am fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.
Paul acknowledges his imperfection and indicates the need for growth.
Here are some synonyms for the word “Goal”.
Purpose (Hello Word for 2016.)
Let’s set our intent, direct our efforts, and take steps on purpose.
That’s why these next 5 weeks we’ll endeavor to make progress instead of achieving perfection.
I’m taking this challenge right with y’all.
I’ll be messing up, feeling discouraged, and wondering if I’m the source stinking up the pond just like you.
Like High School Musical, “We’re All in this Together”.
My “goal” (ha ha ha) is to make this challenge fun, HONEST, and encouraging.
With an enormous amount of help from Just a Simple Home (Terryn) and my Beta testing blog bestie Sarah from 1915 house I’ve made up a series of 10 worksheets, 4 scripture cards, and 4 Progress over Perfection cards for y’all.
Grab them HERE!
Post the Progress over Perfection cards wherever you need a reminder.
Your bathroom mirror, your wallet, on the refrigerator, or your forehead. (Wait…then you wouldn’t be able to see it.)
Maybe your kid’s forehead?
This week we’ll be using worksheets 1-3.
They have numbers?
Yes they do. (Insert Cheesy smile.)
Join me every Tuesday at 11 am CST for the next 5 weeks over on my Facebook Page where we’ll chat about our goals, what’s working, and encourage each other to make Progress over Perfection.
Plus, last week I let y’all peek inside my purse! ( Now you KNOW you need to mark your calendar.)
Here’s Week 1 on Facebook Live. While you’re there, make sure to Like my page so you’ll be notified when I go Live.
Since this is a Challenge, there must be prizes!
To be eligible to win, you need to-
- Not be related to me 🙂
- Comment on this post with your goal.
- Take a pic USING the worksheets (or working on your goal) and post it to Instagram with the #setgoalsonpurpose hashtag and my name @2_hearts_desire. (If you’re not following me, go HERE so we can be friends.)
- If you aren’t on Instagram, you can comment on my Facebook Page with your progress.
I’ll be announcing WHAT the prizes are NEXT week.
In order to stay “in the know” (That’s how the kids say it these days. I’m hip and With It…Or I was until I said “Hip”) you’ll want to subscribe.
I’m working behind the scenes (Secret Spy stuff) on a few ideas I pray you’ll love and find useful this coming year.
As I mentioned last week, the challenge will end on February 21st because it’s my birthday!
I’d love to have you join in.
Anytime you need encouragement or have a question, reach out in the comments below or on Social Media.
Grab your worksheets and encouragement cards HERE.
Let’s Do this!