Month: January 2016

How To Reach Your Goals

We spend a lot of time working in various projects. We also have a ton of very important people and desires that pull us, often in competing directions. How do we choose what’s important now? And how does what we work on today affect us 1 month, 1 year or even 10 years from now? To answer this question, let me back up a little bit and take you through a journey my team and I went on during the end of 2015 called “Vision, Description, Metrics.” A number of people on staff full time at Aroma spent several long sessions hashing out how our jobs help accomplish the mission and vision of Aroma. Then, we focused in on how the success of our jobs can be individually and collectively measured through a number of important and often odd metrics.

This process, although long and often difficult, was extremely important. Your people are suffering for lack of vision alignment, and Patrick Lencioni’s not the only one to say so. Additionally, the process of alignment within our leadership helped us to make sure we were all on track and could measure the effectiveness of our work.

Now we see that in the day to day it’s sometimes hard to know how to focus. We know we’re doing extremely meaningful work, but it’s hard to know which work to be doing. Aligning our priorities and goals will help us.

What’s a priority? Something that’s important and meaningful today.
What’s a goal? A target you are trying to reach at some point in the future.

Our goals affect our priorities. And our priorities affect our goals. If you don’t have clear goals, it will be hard to prioritize. If you prioritize the wrong things, you’ll consistently fail to meet your goals. But how do they work together?

Effectiveness in the area of priorities focus on working on things that are important, but not necessarily urgent. Effectiveness in goals focuses on building blocks that move toward what you need to accomplish. Make sure priorities are refreshed daily in light of goals you have weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. Do the hard work first. That means putting aside urgent tasks, or squeaky wheels, in favor of what will ultimately move you closer to achieving your goals.

Reach your goals by adjusting your priorities.

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How People Grow Summary and Top 10 Quotes

How People Grow is an excellent book that shows the reality of growth happening in people’s lives. It begins with a creation account as an outline for how growth happens. The authors go on to outline a number of excellent ways in which people grow. They say “all growth is spiritual growth,” and they do a great job of showing how dealing with issues like “being physically unhealthy” or “marriage problems” can all be dealt with by following the principles outlined in Scripture. Here are 10 quotes thoughts I appreciated. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the book’s extensive content. If any one of these have peaked your interest in anyway, I invite you to read the book (as of this writing, it’s on sale for $2.99).

Quotes that Made the Cut (QMC):

  • When we finally understand that God isn’t mad at us anymore, we become free to concentrate on love and growth instead of trying to appease him.
  • To be truly biblical, as well as truly effective, the growth process must include the Body of Christ.
  • One of the executives of the organization, who is a friend of mine, asked, “What difference do you see between groups for people with problems and groups for normal people?” Henry and I looked at each other and said, “There is just one kind of group.”
  • It is sad to see [a] dynamic of the law happen in the church and then see the opposite happen in Twelve Step groups. In these recovery groups, people are taught that the very first thing to do when you fail is to call someone in the group and get to a meeting. They are taught to “run to grace,” as it were, to turn immediately to their higher power and their support system.
  • Discipline provides the structure for love to grow us up.
  • In your work with people, you have to be a funeral director, showing them that they need to die not only to the law, but also to themselves. All of their efforts have not worked, and they need to die to trying. To get people to give up is very hard, but it must be done so that they can try God instead.
  • If one of you walked out of this meeting and a guy with a mask walked up to you in the dark parking lot, took out a knife, stabbed you in the stomach, took all your money, and left you in an unconscious state, you would call him a mugger. Someone would call the police, and they would try to find the perpetrator. But if you left this meeting, drove down the street to the local hospital, and a guy with a mask came to you in a brightly lit room, took out a knife, cut your stomach open, took all your money, and left you in an unconscious state, you would call him a doctor and thank him for helping you. One is a mugging, and the other is surgery.
  • Grief is the one pain that heals all others. It is the most important pain there is.
  • Getting righteous and aligned with the ways of the kingdom and getting healthy are one and the same thing.
  • The Bible teaches we are to do our part by faith and the Spirit will do his part by his power… God designed spiritual growth to be an active partnership with him… Passivity is a problem, not a virtue.

Which one is your favorite?