I recently listened to a high performance individual talk about the way they deal with goals. The basic takeaway was both simple and, at least to me, profound.
This individual suggested that we always strive to work towards a goal instead of away from something.
So, for example, instead of saying, “I want to get into the best shape of my life so I don’t die of a heart attack” this high performer suggests we change our mindset to something more like, “I want to get into the best shape of my life so I can do God’s will to the best of my ability.”
Sure, the statements are related but the heart attack phrase comes from a place of fear and, potentially, anxiety while the doing God’s will phrase comes from a place of hope and promise.
And from a spiritual perspective… are we trying to avoid the pains of hell or are we striving to spend eternity in heaven? This one is trickier since, obviously, hell is real and we need to fear ending up there.
But, at the same time, heaven is also real and if our eyes are constantly looking towards it and we never, ever, stop trying to reach it we’ll, God willing, have an excellent chance of meeting our life’s ultimate purpose.
Like many things I’m still pondering this mindset change and don’t pretend to have it all figured out. As such I’d really love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Specifically, if you were only allowed one statement would you say you’re trying to avoid the pains of hell or would you say you’re striving towards heaven? Why?
Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!