I was listening to a message the other day that I can’t get off my mind. Here are some of the take aways.
Hopefully you have clearly defined goals written down for what you want to achieve in the next 30 to 90 days. There are a few key areas in life that can be divided into the spiritual, relationships, physical body and your finances. You can break those down a little further but those are the big 4.
If you don’t have clear goals, written down on paper, then stop now and do it! Goals are the bullseye and you have to have something to aim for. If not, you are just wandering around aimlessly living day to day with no concrete destination.
The question of this post is what are you tolerating? The definition of tolerant goes something like this. Tolerant: showing willingness to allow the existence of behavior that one does not necessarily agree with. What are you tolerating right now that is keeping you from hitting the bullseye?
Maybe your goal is to reach a certain weight or better yet a certain body fat percent. You have already made significant progress but you are “stuck” with that last 5 pounds or few percent to reach your target. You are close but have not hit the bullseye. If you really look at your choices and behaviors it is likely that they do not line up with your goals. You are tolerating being close to the bullseye but you are unwilling to do what is necessary to hit it.
A couple of things have to happen here. First, sit down and really ask yourself how important the goal is. Maybe something has changed since you originally set the goal and it is not that important anymore. Maybe it was someone else’s goal and not one that you really wanted. If that is the case you will never do what is required to reach it.
Maybe the goal is still important to you but you just lost focus. That happens to all of us and it is ok. Readjust, get back on track and start the daily behaviors that will ultimately bring you to your destination. If you continue to tolerate a few cookies here, some chips before dinner there, skipping your cardio workouts and missing meals all together you will NEVER reach the end goal. Your behaviors do not line up. No investment…no return.
So the question remains. What are you tolerating? What is keeping you from reaching your physical goals? What is keeping you from having a great marriage? What is keeping you from getting out of debt? What is keeping you from having a better relationship with your Creator? The answer to those questions will tell you the level of tolerance you have.
Set goals and become intolerant of behaviors that don’t line up with reaching those goals.