This week, I tripled my goals because of ONE question I considered, and I want to share it with you:
When you get to the end of this year, what would your life, family, and business need to look like in order for you to know that a MIRACLE took place?
Now, I’ve recorded a podcast sharing some stories and ideas that I hope will inspire you–and I would love for you to listen to the actual podcast (maybe while you’re driving or going on a walk or something?) because I think there is a much better connection in the recording than in what I can type out here. But if you want a quick summary, we’ve included that below!
Looking at our goals from the perspective of a MIRACLE taking place is incredibly helpful because it brings God into the equation. It’s not about playing it “safe” or checking a few things off a list. It’s about stepping into our purpose with power and help from above.
But here are a few things that might be holding us back:
(1) What other people say, think, or believe about us.
In the podcast, I share two stories from my own experiences–where other people told me that what I wanted to achieve simply wasn’t possible–or was actually a little ridiculous. Have you been there?
(2) The gap between our “moments” and our “miracle.”
The day that I decided to triple my goals, I felt an immediate euphoria, but then “life” happened, and I wondered, “Seriously, April, what are you thinking? Why are you even TRYING to do something bigger?” I share the details in the podcast, so you’ll know that you’re not alone!
(3) When we are not organized.
I 100% believe that if you want to fully live your mission, you must be organized. Not because you need to look a certain way or be perceived as an organized person–but because if you “level up” your life while you’re living in piles of stuff, all it’s going to do is add more overwhelm.
That is why I am so passionate about helping people build Command Centrals. I know that when you organize your mind, everything else can follow (without feeling stressed!).
(4) When we don’t clearly know who we are fighting for.
When we think that our work or our mission or our efforts are just for US, that doesn’t feel very motivating. We can get by. Life isn’t that bad. It’s not really essential for us to step up and live a brighter mission.
But when we realize that there are people out there who need us, and there is a work that we are uniquely meant to do that will directly impact the lives of others, that becomes FUEL for our minds and hearts.
We received this beautiful email this week from Lea, who attended our workshop and then made dramatic improvements in her life:
I just wanted to take a moment, during this week of new-year reflection, to tell you thank you for the work you’re doing and share what a difference it’s made in my life.
Back in the spring (2018), I attended your ‘How to Stop Drowning in Piles’ webinar. I took pictures of all of the piles. I hunted down the [e-course that you had offered previously] and listened to the audio book. I got my inbox to zero. I started a weekly review time and set up my command center based on GTD articles I found. I read “The Power of Habit” based on your references to it.
As I reflect for 2019, I still have lots of work to do. I have let my all-important weekly review time slip. I have had to “reboot” my Inbox Zero a couple of times. I still haven’t read “Essentialism.” However, I am in a totally different place now than I have been in my life–EVER! So much more peaceful, so much more organized. Just as you promised, I was finally able to start doing the habits and routines I had come up with again and again, but just never had the system to support:
- My bed gets made every day.
- I do a load of laundry and dishes every day.
- My husband has a peaceful, organized office to work from home in because it’s no longer the junk and clutter stockpile it once was.
- I have decluttered and organized our home one area at a time.
- I have taken a parenting course I’d been wanted to do and have seen amazing results as a mom.
- I was able to be a faithful and consistent homeschool mom.
That last one is the thing I thought I could NEVER do. I never thought I could homeschool, even though it was a longing of my heart, because I just never thought I could be organized and consistent enough to do it, but I have! We started this past August, and it’s going great! And it’s all thanks to that one little webinar and its cascade of effects in my life this past year. So with heartfelt sincerity and utmost enthusiasm, thank you! And Happy New Year!
I know what it’s like to feel exhausted. I know what it feels like to wake up at 3am and wonder how you’re possibly going to do the things you feel called to do. I know how it feels to have a mind that swirls and feels overwhelmed–and I understand what it is like to know there’s something bigger for you, but not have a clue how to achieve it.
If that is you right now, please stay close–because we’re going to help you with that this year at LearnDoBecome.
Now, here are a couple of closing thoughts:
The first is the back cover of Rick Pitino’s book, Success is a Choice. I read it back in college, and the ideas left me feeling elated!
The second thought is about the process of “shining.”
For a long time, I have worried that if I tried to shine, I would look like I was trying to be some kind of diva. I worried that my efforts to make a difference would somehow make others feel smaller or “less than.” But then I realized this: When we shine for God, we don’t diminish anyone.
However you see or define your Higher Power, I hope that we can more fully connect with that power this year. I believe that there are miracles that are simply waiting for each of us. And while my main purpose this year is to help more people to get organized and not feel overwhelmed anymore, I also want to share my journey, my shortcomings, my goal-setting process, and my plan to welcome miracles.
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Want to learn how to organize your mind, so that everything else–including getting rid of the piles!–can fall into place? Our free class, How to Stop Drowning in Piles, teaches four simple steps you can implement today to help you manage the details of life so that you can do more of what matters most. We look forward to having you join us!
This book, *Success is a Choice, changed my perspective on how I approach success and gave me some ideas that left me truly elated! I’ve had it on my bookshelf since college and have shared it with my family. Check it out by clicking here or on the image below!
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(And our team made this fun image featuring my key question from the top of the post, in case you want to screen shot it or use it as the wallpaper on your phone or something like that!)