There’s a secret to accomplishing that one goal that’s been eluding you for so long. For me, coming to the realization of this truth has been a huge breakthrough and I want to let you in on it.
But first, go with me for a moment.
Five years ago, I began to feel a nudge by God to begin to write. My immediate reaction was to brush the nudge off as ridiculous, “I’m not a writer. That’s not me.” Unfortunately, God didn’t let up. He kept impressing upon me to “WRITE.”
I finally gave in and set a goal to write a book, but I didn’t tell a soul. I kept this internal goal to myself BECAUSE if it didn’t happen, I didn’t want to look like an idiot. Sure enough, I’d write for a while and then give up. At some point I’d muster up the emotional energy to try again, only to fail in private.
Finally, last year over coffee, a friend of mine asked me if I had any goals I was moving toward. After a few minutes of throwing out some generic goals, I all of the sudden blurted out, “I want to write a book.” I couldn’t believe I actually said it out loud, but there it was. My friend encouraged me to go for it, “Next time I see you, I’m going to ask you about your book. So get started.”
Now my dream was out there. Someone knew. Not only did they know, they were asking me about it. There was no where to hide. I had to work on it. It was a huge motivator for me. Not only did I work on it, I finished it! You can get a free copy HERE. And now I’m working on another one!
Which brings me to this secret: You must go public with your audacious goal.
I recently went public with a goal in a major way when I used my platform to share that I was going to lose 30 lbs. I wrote about it here: Confessions of an Obese Pastor. I’m well on my way toward that goal after losing over 12 lbs!
Do you have a goal you need to go public with?
When you go public, you’ll find:
1. It invites accountability. Going public brings your once hidden goal into the light. It’s no longer a secret and people WILL ask. When I went big with my weight loss goal I knew I didn’t want to let my wife, my kids, my staff and my church down. This motivates me to make better, productive choices. God will use others to spur you on to the next level if you’ll let Him.
2. It invites encouragement. You know you have people in your life that care about you. Going public invites them into your journey and gives them the opportunity to applaud your efforts and lift you up when you’re struggling.
3. It inspires others. Just like you, many people are walking around with hidden unmet goals that they keep to themselves because they’re afraid of public failure. (Pro tip: that internal resistance you feel toward your noble goal is a good indication that you’re headed in the right direction.) When you make that leap and go big publically, you will inspire people to make the leap themselves.
Next week everyone will be thinking about their new year’s resolutions and making goals for the next year. Do this: instead of quietly hiding away your goal, go BIG publically with your audacious dream. Share it in a way that works for you: in an email, on Facebook, on Twitter, on your blog, at the Christmas dinner table…..Just share it!
Go big! Go public! Go for it!