Just ask any four year old.
In a moment, they could be on the moon.
Or performing a death defying act…
Or saving hundreds of people from a burning building (in the middle of your living room).
So what does imagination have to do with where you want to be in life?
Imagination determines how we view a situation.
The Bible says,
Now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
— Genesis 11:6 (KJV)
We all hear things like, “You have to see it to be it.”
Or, “You are today where you thought you would be yesterday.”
And these statements are true (even biblical).
Truth is, we have to see it with our faith, and sometimes that can be a little uncomfortable.
Isaiah 54:2 says,
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes…
— Amplified Version
This tells me that we can’t live comfortably and expect our lives to be excellent. Pause and think about that for a second.
We must always strive to live outside our comfort zone. We should stretch every area of our life.
Our love walk, our giving, our workplace, our home life…
This means every area!
Your imagination also has everything to do with your goals.
Without goals, you don’t know where to go and you can’t tell when you arrive.
A life without goals is like taking off for a trip and not knowing where you are going.
We have to know where we are going in order to develop a plan to get there.
I live in St. Louis, Missouri. If I get in my car, then start driving east only to decide about 5 hours into the trip that I really want to go to L.A., I will quickly realize I’ve wasted a lot of time and energy. I should have determined my destination before starting the car.
The great thing is this: You can get exactly to where you need to be from where you are right now (regardless of where that is).
Whether its L.A., Mexico, the next level, a higher income bracket, more quality time at home, or a deeper relationship with your Heavenly Father… you can start now!
Start Where You Are
If you want to be like most people, you can do what most people do.
- Never set goals
- Don’t know where they’re going
- Daydream about being discovered while sitting idly watching the world go by
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The world makes a way for the man who knows where he’s going.”
And to know where you are going, you have to set a goal.
You have to set goals then strive to reach them because you are only going to possess what you are willing to pursue.
One thing is for sure, if you don’t pursue it – you won’t possess it.
How to Set Your Goals
- Use timelines.
Without them, you don’t know when you should arrive.
- Make goals measurable.
Otherwise, how do you know when you are almost there?
- Be specific.
No one likes to shoot in the dark.
- Write it down.
It makes it difficult to back out on yourself. A little positive pressure can be a good thing.
The next three tips, for what not to do when setting goals, are just as important as what you do do.
- Don’t compete with people.
Compete against mediocrity. Beating someone doesn’t make us better. Beating the norm does.
- Don’t let economy/worldly factors limit your goals.
Either we live according to what God has to say about us, or what the world has to say about us. Join me in choosing to live by what God has to say about us.
- Don’t try to be what you can’t see in the mirror yet.
Can’t see yourself there? Even in your imagination? Then don’t go yet.
You have to see it to be it!
See it first. Wait until you can see yourself in that higher level of success before you attempt to go there.
My challenge to you: Attempt to see it now!
Use your imagination. See it with your eyes of faith.
If you can do that, you can do anything!