How to Stay Motivated in your Passion

Our vision is foundational to the core beliefs and values we have. When we lose our vision we can lose our motivation and passions to keep moving forward into where God wants us to be. We can get stuck and begin to lose sight of our calling and purpose. The solution is twofold; once we gain clarity in why we lost our vision we can find clarity in how to regain it.

CLARITY in Passion Lost

There are many factors that could cause us to lose our path. Pinpointing these factors is the first step in moving forward. Two main factors are habits and regrets:

• Habits - Gaining clarity in our mindsets can have an impact on motivational patterns and perceptions of self and the world. This recognition of patterns will help when facing changes needed. You will begin to look at failure and struggles in old patterns through a different lens. A shift in patterns and becoming aware of those past mindsets is needed in order to stay motivated. In 1 Peter 1:14 we are reminded “not to be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world….”. Patterns are biblically foundational.

• Regrets - Facing disappointments and looking back at dreams not pursued can also cause a person to experience a loss. You may have a sense of regret because you didn’t take a risk on something you were truly passionate about.

CLARITY in Regaining Passion

The next step is gaining clarity in what you can do differently. We will look at four factors:

  • Reminders - Once you identify your values, the outcomes you desire, and what will honor God you can move forward again. You must remind yourself of who you are, how God wired and uniquely designed you, and what He has called you to do. The result is regaining your motivation in your purpose and passion!
  • Rewards - Celebrating wins even in failure becomes a reward! When we fail, we need to celebrate our failure by looking at it from a new perspective: “what can I learn from this experience?”. When you take what you learn as a win, your failure becomes valuable and your learning is key.
  • Replacements - Adding new structures and strategies will give you direction to a new perspective. If you begin to replace old patterns with new mindsets you will attain different outcomes. As you shift your mindset you will see results that will help you achieve what matters most. In Roman’s 12:2, Paul exhorts us to “ be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” Your core beliefs and values become alive again. This will produce the fruit of peace and joy in your life.
  • Accountability – This is a way to assess where we are, what is working, and what is not. In order to stay intentional, and to measure our true success, accountability is key. It has been said “the classic definition of crazy is to continue to do things the same way and expect different results. If nothing changes, nothing changes”. The benefits of gaining accountability will help you achieve all God has for you.

AIM AND ACTION

Once we begin to gain clarity in these key areas we can take action and regain momentum to set up structures to give us guard rails to stay on track.

How can you align your thinking so you can regain clarity needed to transform mindsets or habits?

How can you be more equipped to face regrets?

What new structures can you replace to keep momentum toward dreams and goals?

How will you set up accountability to measure true success in living out your values, vision and passion?

When we gain clarity in what we lost, realize what we can gain, and take action to move toward our passion, we then begin to regain a new hope, discover new skills, and reap the incredible results and future rewards.

To know more about Christian Life Coaching, contact me at kerry@simplylifecoaching.org or visit my website at www.simplylifecoaching.org

What Matters Most

As I approach this topic today, I want to share with you something that got my attention this week. I recently saw something on the cover of a magazine that I like. It said, “Take Time For What Matters- This Season.” The article piqued my interest, so I went straight to it. It offered encouraging ways to see what matters in certain areas of the holidays, which are upon us!

The article prompted me to ponder a bit more on my upcoming holidays and the things that really matter to me. I have known that this year, I would have Thanksgiving with my adult daughters and their families. They have another set of parents and also their own families they need to spend time with during the holidays. When my husband and I get them for the entire day, I am always SO excited! When we were younger and raising our girls, we had to go from one home to another – rushing and doing our best to get quality time with each set of families! It was exhausting! It really didn’t have the substance that mattered to us. We used to say that once our girls were grown, we would never do that to their families!

Let’s take a look at the definition of the word- matter:

Matter – by Merriam Webster
 a subject under consideration the events or circumstances of a particular situation -  something that is being done, talked about, or thought about – matters: the situation or subject that is being discussed or dealt with.

Life balance is hard.  Not only does it matter to me around the holidays, but in all areas of life. I want to make sure that I honor what matters, what is of high value and what is honoring to God most of all! As we very well know, the rush of life these days seems to get faster and faster. I feel as if I am constantly working on ways to simplify and slow down! It is a constant battle. 

What’s yours? What matters to you? How are you balancing and honoring what matters and what you value not just during the holidays, but every day. Is it something that is being done, talked about or thought about like the definition says? – A situation or subject that is being “dealt” with. 

I have many subjects and situations of my life that I really want to honor God with – time with Him and His Word, my family – but some days are really hard, aren’t they? If you are like me, I’m sure you struggle like I do! It is something we have to focus on and be intentional about. I can say the words all day, but then in truth, am I really doing it?

Lately for me, life has felt a bit overwhelming – a lot to do and not enough time to do it. But ONE THING I do know: when I allow myself to sit still and be with the Lord, rest in Him and give it to Him, He will direct my steps that really matter. I let Him know – “Lord, I want a sweet time with my family on our one day. How can I do this in a way that will honor you?” In other words, I don’t want this time to be just about the festivities. These things are amazing and I can hardly wait for all of the fun, food and time around the table. BUT in the midst of it, I want to make sure that I don’t lose sight of what really matters.

For this Thanksgiving, we will all be around the table together – 6 adults and 6 littles – ranging from 7 months to 7 years old! It will be crazy but my heart will sing with joy to hear the laughter and the craziness all the while praising Him! I will be thanking Him for the joy of family, focusing on making Him central at the table and feasting on what matters most!

So, “Take time for what matters most to you!”

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