A young woman wanted to buy a house in cash. She was 17-years-old and her mother taught her how to save. She saved all of the money that she made from her first job and continued this habit into marriage. She and her husband saved $137,000 and paid for their first house… in cash.
Your dream may not be to buy a home in cash. It may be to get a college degree, to launch a business, or to be a better father to yours kids. Where do I start is a question we all ask ourselves. I know that I have. I’ve always wanted to write; to author a book would be fantastic. But where do I Start?
1. Start Small
“Two of the biggest mistakes you can make in life are not starting and not finishing.” – Craig Groeschel
If we only look at the outcome, it can be overwhelming. We need to have vision, because without vision we all drift around with no direction. To reach that vision we have to look at what we can do right now. What can I do today? The young woman created a habit of saving. If I want to write a book, I will start by practicing with writing prompts and continue to write blogs. What small thing can you do to get you closer to your dream?
2. Don’t Give Up
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.” – Colin Powell
Success is not made up of big decisions alone. We often think of the big choices like getting married, launching the business, getting the degree and landing that big job. Those big successes begin with small daily choices. Listening to the podcast instead of the radio, spending time getting to know the other person in a healthy setting, spending nights studying when you could be out with friends. These choices are the ones that help the bigger dream succeed. Without them we completely miss it.
3. Just One Thing
“Good habits are worth being fanatical about” – John Irving
So you have a vision. You want to be a great father for your kids, to graduate with a Masters Degree in law, or you want to launch a new business. There are so many things to do. Apply at the school; get scholarships. Read books on parenting; plan activates with your kids. Get the business license; learn about marketing. Where do I start? We start with just one thing. Like the young woman saving for her first house, she had to make a choice to begin a habit of saving. What is one thing that you can start doing to get you where you want to go? Once you have a firm grasp on that first habit, develop your next and you’ll be well on your way to reaching your dream.
4. Start Today
“The most [harmful] aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives for today; we put them off until our deathbed.” – Steven Pressfield
If we don’t start to make those changes in habit today, procrastination becomes our new habit. Join me today and start making those small changes that will make a significant difference one, five, or ten years from now. To learn more about creating good habits and finding direction in your life, join us online here at 11:30 on Sundays or here to catch up on the series divine direction. As well, the book divine direction by Craig Groechel that inspired this post is available on amazon here. Choose today to start making decisions that will change your life forever.
Written By Derek Johnson