The three types of goals are easy, middle, and guaranteed goals. Acuff says to “think of it like a goal ladder with three rungs. One of the vertical rails is effort and the other is time. The higher you climb, from Easy to Middle to Guaranteed, the greater amounts of effort and time you need to accomplish the goal.”
And then, we must recognize that consistency compounds and that even imperfect progress is still progress.
The List is really a Best Moments List. It is quite literally a list of the best moment you’ve had. Rather than a list of the best life you can achieve over the next twenty years, Acuff suggests writing a list of the best things that have happened to you in the last 20 years. Look back before looking forward. They can be classic moments like a wedding or trip. They could be unusual like a specific event, or regular routines or things you just appreciate in each day. I did this exercise for about 25 minutes and came up with 90+ things. I’m sure with more time, I can come up with quite a few more. I’ll share a few of mine below for you.
If you think about it, getting the appropriate amount of energy for the day through sleep should be easy. Most adults need 7-8 hours. So if we know what time we plan to be up in the morning, we work backwards about 7-8 hours and plan to be asleep by that time.
But that’s where it all goes wrong.
A few years ago I read the book, “The Seasons of God” by Henry Blackaby. In the book, Blackaby shares wisdom on seasonality in life. One of the things that really stuck with me when I read it was about not trying to rush a season. I’d found myself almost every winter, after Christmas came and went, wishing it was already Spring. Since reading this book, I now try to find ways to savor each season, even if it’s not my favorite.
Back in January, I shared my word of the year and my goals or focuses for the upcoming year. While this is happening a bit after mid year, I did a recent check in with myself as to where I was at in the creation of these rhythms and routines and thought it may be helpful to share. As a reminder, my word of the year is space and my three focus areas or goals are a space for love, a space for living, and a space for legacy. So let’s see where we’re at, shall we?
If you want to implement a night for you, but you’re not sure what to do, start by making a list of possible options. Start with a list of 10 and continue adding.
I was still feeling like I was running on fumes and needed to really figure out what was going to help me outside of what I was already doing – getting outside, eating well, spending time with friends and family, exercising, resting and more.
“Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is the one thing hurried people don’t have.” – John Ortberg