My husband was working on an excel spreadsheet for a project he was in charge of. When I asked what he was working on, he replied, “The Critical Path.”
I did not understand what this meant. He explained the project has many particulars, and the spreadsheet helped him plan the path needed to take care of those details.
He was organizing steps required to achieve a goal in a timely and orderly fashion. He could not miss anything critical, hence the name, Critical Path.
The spreadsheet came before he started the project.
How many times have you started something without knowing what steps were needed to achieve your goal and failed? I have many times.
While you may not use the term, Critical Path, the concept is the same. Planning and goal setting.
What goals and plans do you have? How are you going to accomplish those goals, and most importantly, what steps and sacrifice are you willing to make to achieve those goals?
My mindset of housewife, mother, and duty to my family began to change. For many years I denied myself the ability to dream, and sadly I did not believe that I was worthy of anything great.
You can say I am a very late bloomer, but I bloomed! I grew up with my parents telling all six of us to finish high school, get a job and get married. In that order.
The dream of a higher education, travel and dreams were not spoken of growing up.
Then a desire began to burn inside of me I cannot shake. I began to have goals, aspirations, a longing to travel and a hunger for reading and learning.
Goal setting, planning, and sacrifice are needed to accomplish any dream.
What are my dreams?
- Continue with my spiritual growth. This will never stop, as God always surprises me with something new and exciting.
- Prayer life to grow and continue to develop.
- A writing career. Like my spiritual growth, this will continue to develop and grow.
- Travel. There are many areas of the world that I desire to visit.
I want to encourage you that it is never too late to dream. With God, nothing is impossible and yes, your goals and aspirations can be achieved.
With Jesus, our path is not critical, but a blessing. Let him guide and fill out your spreadsheet, and enjoy receiving His surprises for you.