I like to have a purpose. I believe a life without purpose is a life in decline. For me, it’s important to be moving towards a goal and align my thoughts and actions so that I may achieve my goal. That’s why I was excited to take on Jon Acuff’s “do summer” challenge.
I shared the challenge with you, back in July, and promised to invest 1,500 minutes into online video production as a method of communication to my audience. However, life became very busy and my summer blew by and before I knew it, another summer came to a close with the fall knocking on the door.
I’m sorry to report that I didn’t complete the 1,500 minutes in video production, in fact, I didn’t get half way there! As I reflect on my progress, I discovered that I completed 600 minutes, well short of my goal of 1,500 minutes. I became frustrated and hard on myself as I thought about missing my goal, but then I shifted my focus onto what I actually did accomplish over the summer.
I budgeted and purchased the necessary equipment to shoot quality video. I completed an online course on how to shoot video. Finally, I partnered with my son, Adrian, and shot and edited nine videos that will add value to my audience.
When I truly evaluated my progress, I realized that I used my 600 minutes well and accomplished quite a bit. I can honestly state that I’m much better off, in terms of my comfort level and expertise when it comes to video, than when I first began this process in the summer.
Life is busy, but don’t beat yourself up if you fall short of a worthy goal. The important thing is that you set a worthy goal and moved towards it. There will be obstacles and frustrations along the way and as long as you don’t give up, you will be much better off than when you started.
The point of the “do summer” challenge was not to complete the project over the summer, but to start on a journey that will continue throughout your life. The point of the challenge is to embark on a meaningful journey that will have an impact on the world around you. Ultimately the goal is much more than a challenge over the summer, it’s a call to “do life”. Don’t stop improving just because the summer is over. Keep going, don’t give up, stay encouraged, and continue moving towards your goal.
Now that the summer is over, what actions will you take to continue on your journey?
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