Hello – thank you for joining me 🙂 [If you’re thinking the pic is a loose fit, think dogged determination :)]
This post is about The Path a.k.a Process. Since I wrote it I’ve had to take a new path in life as a result of a long term illness. I’m well on the road to recovery now but my life has changed – a lot – and I’m going through The Process. Right now I’m at the vision stage and it’s exciting (most of the time) and scary (some of the time) because I’m having to more or less start from scratch. But it’s doable!
Thinking about Process and The Path is a real ‘Aha’ moment in my goals and change workshops. There’s always lots of discussion and gradually, amidst all the fun and enjoyment, it becomes clear that successful change isn’t either mysterious or instant.
It’s a light bulb moment.
To succeed at change, or indeed anything, means that you have set your feet on the path and follow the process – there are no short cuts. (Sorry!)
You start at the beginning and work your way through to the end. You take the first step on your journey of a 1,000 miles [metaphorically 🙂 ]and you keep going. (Read more about consistency here) No chasing after bright, shiny objects at the side of the road – something else I did with shocking regularity.
It might sound dull or tough but actually it’s fun and exhilarating. You can see the results of what you’re doing fairly quickly and this motivates you to keep pressing forward. You have a plan to guide you and you’ll develop incredible focus to ensure that the plan happens.
I’ll put my hand up and admit that I used to hate having to wait. And I wish I had been more patient and trod The Path, because many of my outcomes would have been better. I learned the hard (read difficult, painful and often just plain dumb) way! I learned some valuable lessons about learning to trust God, His timing and the process.
You have to map your own path.
And that highlights another feature of process – it’s individual – what you want to do is relevant to you, your life and your situation. You have your own skills, strengths and life experiences to draw on. You have your unique vision of what you want to achieve and why. Pray for guidance with your vision and your plans. Ask for wisdom and discernment. (Proverbs 2)
Grasp hold of the vision because vision is slippery and if you don’t pay it enough attention, it disappears. Own it, understand it, appreciate the benefits, nurture it.
Set meaningful goals. Do your research, read, watch YouTube, talk to people who have experience.
But above all, take action. Even if it’s only baby steps. Actually, I’ve observed that consistent baby steps can carry you a long, long way.
Yes, you’ll probably make a few mistakes here and there – and that’s OK. Process is about learning and growing and becoming more. Ideally it’s about growing into the blueprint God has for you.
The journey along The Path requires one vital, first step.
Accept that it’s your responsibility to plant your feet squarely on The Path, utilising who you are, to take the actions needed to accomplish those goals.
In other words – say it with me if you like – follow the process!
It’s an exciting, rewarding journey 🙂 It may not always be simple – you might need to learn new skills and habits or drop some pastimes to free up more time – but as you travel down the path you’ll grow and increase your aptitude and your capacity.
How cool is that?
I’ll leave you with a prayer from Linda who shares wonderful, inspiring posts every weekday And please leave a comment – always good to hear your ideas!
“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’ ” Jeremiah 29:11
Father God, I know You have my best in mind and in Your plans. Thank You for placing a dream in my heart and for giving me people to help lead me towards that dream. I pray that my relationships will honor You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen J.O.