While running yesterday, I listened to a podcast that interviewed Lara Casey, a well-respected author, Christian figure, and goal-setter extraordinaire. She was talking about the truth that so many people don’t ever set goals because they are afraid they will set a plan in motion and have to change it. Her words made me slow my pace and hone in on the truth she was speaking into my life.
We don’t reach goals because we are afraid of what the journey might look like.
How many times do I avoid chasing a dream because I talk myself out of it or because the plan sounds too arduous? Just writing that phrase feels ludicrous because we are never promised insight into the future, be it tomorrow or six months from now. In fact, we have no idea if the plan to reach our biggest dreams will stay the same or change thousands of times. However, there is one thing I am sure of – we can’t give up on our goals because of fear of the unknown.
To overcome our propensity to dwell in this fear, we have to rid ourselves of the anxiety around changing short term goals. Short term goals are actionable steps, whereas long-term goals are often rooted in something deeper: a strong faith, a healthy marriage, a prosperous business, and family. Too often, we’re afraid to name our dreams because we don’t think we are worthy of reaching them, but God wants us to use our good gifts He has given us to produce good things – there is no reason to run away from the things He has placed on our hearts.
For example, I want big things for my business, and that goal has never wavered. However, a year ago, the milestones I needed to hit along the way looked very different than the milestones I need to hit today. I have higher revenue goals, new marketing strategies, and a changed perspective that make the journey ahead look far different than it did 12 months ago. It would be silly to keep the same short term goals, but it would be foolish to abandon the long-term plan in the face of fear.
We can’t be afraid to change the small things to make the big things happen.
Take a look at the dreams that set your soul on fire, the ones you are chasing after. If you’re avoiding setting an actionable plan to reach those goals because you’re afraid of pivots, it’s time to release that fear. Good goals are always worth reaching, and changing your path doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you adaptable. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and prune away the distractions and missteps that are keeping you from carving out a new roadmap. Fear shouldn’t win this one, but it’s up to you to change the direction of your life and goals.