I’ve recently come up with the perfect analogy to describe the state of my life: a firefight. I feel in the last year that I’ve become a firefighter, dousing the flames left and right, as they pop up into view. I’d much rather be like Smokey the Bear, working to prevent forest fires.
How do we learn to be proactive vs. reactive? Yes, we have to learn how to be a good firefighter, so that when the flames come we know where the fire hydrants are, and we can effectively douse the flame. But what if we checked our smoke detectors like we’re supposed to, and educated ourselves on forest fire prevention? Wouldn’t we be able to prevent some of the fires before they even began?
My boss challenged me at work today to prioritize my “list” of weakness, or areas where I want to improve professionally. I chose to extend to both my personal life, and this evening I began dreaming big, setting goals, working to make sense of that crazy list. I think it’s easy to get bogged down in trying to make it through the day, through the week, etc. that we lose sight of why we’re here, what we’re working towards, and who were glorifying.
For the record, that’s DEFINITELY me.
So I’m working that list, expanding it, soaking in it, and tasting the waters of what could be. I want to set some clear actionables with deadlines to give me things to work toward specifically. The goals themselves don’t really matter; it’s the patterns and the habits that develop because of them. I want to take this list and post it everywhere. My bathroom mirror. My desk at work. My back door. The front of my Bible. I want to focus on it, let it permeate every aspect of my life. And at the top of the list?
Without him at the top, the rest of the list doesn’t matter. I don’t want to gain this world and lose what matters. I want to let him be in charge. I want him to be IN charge. Teach me how to be proactive rather than reactive. Teach me to be Smokey the Bear.
What goals have you set in your life recently? Do you feel like a firefighter to me? Drop me a line, I would love to hear!