This is Step 5 in the series called 21 Days of Focus called Meditate or Think on Your Plan. (The previous steps are listed below.)
Make it a habit to review your plan every morning. If you’ve never practiced meditation, it is a powerful tool for life. The word meditation means to think, intend or plan. Sit quietly and think about your plan and how you intend to carry out your action steps that day. Surrender your plan to your Creator and listen for additional guidance.
You May Think About Asking for Help
Your plan may require the help of others or the support of others. We discovered in our last step that we all have strengths and things we are good at. Those things that we aren’t so good at may be best delegated to someone else so that we can focus on our strengths.
You may also want to get help just by being involved with other like-minded people. If you are a solopreneur like me, it can feel very isolating to try to accomplish your dreams and goals in a vacuum.
One of my strengths is Relator. The definition from StrengthFinder for Relator is – People who are strong in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
Sadly, a lot of the last eight years have been sitting behind a computer. My first major dream was to be a published author. I joined the St. Louis Publishers Association, not only to learn about the publishing industry but to also be connected to people and other authors to keep my motivation high and to fulfill my need of having personal relationships.
Quieting Your Mind through Meditation Helps You Discern Your Next Steps
Your mind can run all over the place if you don’t stop and focus on what it is that you want to accomplish. Plus, the world is a noisy and demanding place.
Meditation can help clear out the cluttered thoughts and focus on God’s peace and guidance to help you to discern your next step.
Your Plan Will Evolve
After leaving the corporate world, my work has evolved from being an Internet consultant, to an author (books and blogging), a meditation teacher, journal class teacher to now a Spiritual Director.
In Step 1 – You Have to Have a Plan, I quoted Psalm 37:4: Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Spending this quiet time in the morning meditating on and sharing your plan with God will help center you and give you more focus throughout your day. You will tap into these desires of your heart. God put those desires there.
As you take action in Step 2, opportunities will present themselves and your plans will grow and evolve. By meditating or thinking on your plan and listening to God’s direction, you will discern what your next step will be.
This will bring us to Step 6 – Get Rid of Distractions
Step 1 – You Have to Have a Plan
Step 2 – Take Action on your Plan in Small Steps Every Day
Step 3 – Don’t have an all or Nothing Attitude
Step 4 – Focus on Your Strengths
Step 5 – Meditate or Think on your Plan
Until next time…. Stay focused!
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