The Power of Planning


Happy Monday! And Happy first day of the SSE Healthy Holidays 8-Week Challenge! (I posted this week's accountability sheet yesterday, so go check that out and sign up to start receiving those via email for the remainder of the challenge). 

Anyways, with today being the first day of the challenge, I thought it would be highly appropriate to talk about the power of planning/the power of having a plan. 

Matt and I were discussing the idea of goals the other day. We argued semantics for a while about defining what it means to set a goal. In my mind, a goal without a plan to achieve it is hardly a goal; it's more of a wish. But Matt said that many people have goals that they would like to achieve but never do because of a lack of action. Again, this is all semantics. At the end of the conversation, we agreed that in order to achieve a goal, you need to have some sort of direction and plan. 

So what does that look like?

If you haven't been hiding under a rock, I'm sure that you've heard of the idea of setting SMART goals. Quick review:

  • S - specific
  • M - measurable
  • A - attainable
  • R - realistic
  • T - timely

Basically, smart goals are goals that can be planned for and achieved. As you are journaling about your goals for the remainder of the year (especially if you're doing the #SSEHealthyHolidays challenge), try to make sure that you are thinking about all of these aspects of your goals. 

  • What is specifically involved in your goal?
  • How will you know when you've reached it? Is it measurable?
  • Is it physically possible to achieve?
  • Have you set a timeframe?
  • Have you thought about what it would take to achieve it?
  • Have you thought about potential roadblocks and how you can surpass them?

These are all good thinks to think about, so I highly encourage you to do so. And not just for this challenge. Goal-setting is great for your career, your relationships, your knowledge, your health, your dreams, and more!

SSE Healthy Holidays 11.10.14 - John 1

Background about the gospel of John

The gospel of John was written by, you guessed it, John the apostle. This is probably the most widely known gospel because it contains good ole John 3:16 (the most well-known gospel summary). John's purpose in writing this account (around A.D. 85) was to persuade people to believe in Jesus.

The book really showcases Jesus' divinity--declaring him as God, stressing his unique relationship to the Father, detailing his miracles.

Read John 1 today and think/journal about the following:

  • What does "light" symbolize in this chapter?
  • When you read 1:12, what is significant about the word "right"? as opposed to "privilege" or "gift"?
  • What does it mean to be baptized by the Holy Spirit?
  • What is the significance/purpose of baptism (both in this passage, and in modern times)?
  • How do you think the disciples who were called knew that Jesus was the Christ? And what would make them so sure that they would give up everything to follow him?
  • Are you as excited as these disciples were about sharing the truth of Jesus? (sounds like such a really lame question, but I seriously want you to think about it. We should have a similar "Come and see" mentality.)