DAY 14: LACK OF FOCUS
Over the past 7 days, we’ve learned the Ready-Set-Go process to learn to identify and push through each of the OolaBlockers. Before we conqueror our last blocker, I want us to work on something together.
In the beginning of the Guilt chapter in Oola for Christians, we challenge you to take a 3x5 card and draw a line down the middle. If you don’t have a notecard at this moment, grab yourself a sheet of paper. On the left-hand side of the notecard (or paper), write the everyday tasks you need to do for tomorrow (i.e laundry, pay bills, make dinner, pick up kids, etc). On the right hand side, write down 3 or more action steps that are directly linked to your big Oola goals (ie. walk for 20 mins, food prep for the week, do the #OolaForChristians challenge, date night, sell things to earn extra cash, etc). So often we can get distracted by the little daily tasks in life and catch ourselves off-course on the actions that move us toward the biggest dreams in our heart. If you drift from the important tasks, you’re not alone. It is part of the final OolaBlocker: Lack of (or misdirected) focus.
Have you ever heard of the saying, “How do you eat an Elephant?” The answer is, “One bite at a time.” The reality is, how we achieve our goals isn’t doing a million things but doing the right things. So often we have a goal, but we get distracted or drift from our mission. It is easy to go completely off course. That is what happens to our goals and dreams. It is important that we safeguard our plans and truly prepare to keep our focus because, no matter what, distractions will come.
Day 14 - Take a few minutes and pray about what your most important Oola goal should be, and then write it down. Put it on your screensaver on your phone or that “one thing” that seems to be the most distracting. Then every time you go to hop on social media, the internet or your phone, you can have a friendly reminder to focus on what is truly important to you. Please don’t sticky note your toddler or a talkative co-worker, but find a way to get focused on what you have been made to do.
“I am not trying to please people, I want to please God,”
God, today just as Peter stepped out into big waters with Jesus, I want to have the courage to step out into the big dreams you have for me. Help me not to waiver to the left and to the right. Help keep my eyes fixed on you - the author and the finisher of my faith.