Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mud and Goals

Here in Kansas, it's muddy. Very muddy. And, as my family owns horses, and they have gone out into the pasture some, even with all the mud, I have had to walk through the pasture in thick mud... My boots are incredibly muddy, and need a good cleaning! However, as I was walking one of our horses to the round pen in the middle of the pasture, a thought came to my mind, and I wanted to share it with you. :-)

Life is like mud in some ways. Especially when it comes to goals. When you're walking in mud, you can see your big goal- you can see the spot you want to go. But you also have to watch where you are walking. If you don't, you will most likely fall flat on your back (or face!). Those are the small goals. In order to make it to your big goal, you have small goals to get you along. For example, if you have a big goal of memorizing all of Colossians, you have little goals to get you there- a little goal of one verse. Then you take another step closer to the big goal- one "paragraph" of a chapter, then another goal and another, until you make it to your big goal. It's possible to not have your "little goals", but just like walking in the mud, you're a lot more likely to slip and fall on your way. Little goals keep us motivated, and the more little goals we get done, the closer the big goal is.

What about you? Does it help you to have little goals, or do you prefer to stick with your big goal?

1 comment:

Hannah Jean said...

That's a great reminder, Hannah. We all have big goals, but sometimes we think of them as a far-off someday dream, rather than making a practical plan of little goals we need to check off in order to reach the big one. And triumphing over little ones is encouraging; you know you're getting somewhere, always moving forward.