Lately I have been feeling really stalled. The thought occurred to me that I need to “take it to the next level.” But what does that really mean? I hear people say it often, so I decided to examine how I could put it into words.
The closest I came was thinking about elementary school. Although I did attend high school and college, I never got the same rush from matriculating into the next grade as I did during my grammar school years. There was something really exciting about getting new school uniforms ( I went to Catholic school), new supplies, and new shoes. Even though I had technically advanced on the last day of school the previous spring, it never seemed quite real until I entered my new class on the first day of school. There was something about getting a new teacher, getting a different seat in a new classroom, and seeing new and old classmates in a different setting that actually made me feel as though I had changed – that I had matured – that I had arrived.
I am a fairly organized person. I’m not rigid by any means, but I have come to greatly appreciate the simplicity of a well ordered life – especially as Mykel’s wife, a mother to four very active children, a writer/editor for elev8 and as a student of the Word. The closest I have come this side of grammar school to experiencing that “next level” feeling is when I accomplish my goals.
But lately even moving forward in achieving my goals has been going slowly. I’m pretty sure that it is due to lack of accountability. I had been talking to the Lord about this very thing for a good minute, when my friend and fellow Elev8 blogger, George Thompson, told me about his Set-4-LIfe program. From George’s description it sounds like goal-setting on steroids with a bunch of over-achievers. I knew I wanted in. So George sent me the book, which I read immediately – and now I’m off to the races.