Within my “tribe” we speak of BHAGS – Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Big goals require commitment and focus. You don’t have time for the things that people with mediocre results spend their time on. There are some things you have to be willing to give up. Fortunately, if you’re truly committed, these things are easy to avoid.
However, they can be great distractions if your commitment is lacking. Setting goals that excite you is tremendously helpful.
Be prepared to give up a few things if you dream big and want to accomplish big goals. Here are seven things you may have to “give up” before you can “go up” 🙂
1. Worrying about things you can’t control.
Ask yourself what you’re accomplishing by worrying about things outside of your control. You’ll find that worrying never solved anything.
Phil 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2. Worrying about the opinions of others.
People think about you less than you imagine. When you’re trying to accomplish something challenging, you don’t have time to worry about what others think. It is a none issue.
3. Surfing the net / Falling in the YouTube rabbit hole
The internet is a useful tool. On the other side of the proverbial coin, however, the internet can be a huge timewaster. The time seems to fly by while you’re watching cute puppies do silly tricks or parakeets playing the organ.
Many highly successful people don’t even own a TV. When I’m overseas, I don’t watch TV and guess what… I get more accomplished! Back home in the USA, I get into this habit of working and then assuming the position in favorite my chair. Giving up TV may sound extreme but I encourage you to go on a TV fast for a week and see what happens.
5. Doing the easy thing.
The easy thing is rarely the most effective. When you’re hunting a big goal, doing the effective thing is critical. Stop looking for the shortcuts and get God’s perspective first and foremost. I believe He will give you a plan of action that is effective and powerful.
There’s no time to wait. Ask yourself about priorities. I believe that you make time for what you prioritize, and you make excuses for those things that don’t have priority. Putting things off suggests that there’s another issue lurking beneath the surface. Identify and rectify it.
7. Allowing your emotions to guide you when logic should prevail.
We tend to make choices that serve to decrease our discomfort. Also, we often make decisions in the heat of the moment. I have a word from the Lord for you: STOP!!! Use your knowledge and experience to make choices that support you and your goals.
In a nutshell – Look at the ways the average person squanders their time and avoid those things. Then look inward at how you waste time and avoid those things, too.