MONDAY MUSINGS: Inching Forward

February 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM 2 comments

Which...inch?

A major theme for me in 2012 is incremental living. Dreaming big and breaking it down into small, daily steps forward. Simple, right?

Well theoretically yes, but…

Have you ever noticed how the areas of your life tend to overlap???

Every area of life seems to border on at least one other area. Often several. And that’s where the process of inching forward can wrap around on itself in some pretty interesting ways.You can’t just say, “Hey, I think I’ll go deeper in my spiritual life” and expect your business to be untouched. You can’t decide to step it up a notch in your business without having to reevaluate your finances. (and you definitely can’t reevaluate your finances without having to go deeper spiritually!)

Not only that, but once you get inching forward in 2 or 3 areas at once, it can become quite a little dance. Ever noticed that to-do lists and juggling have a lot in common? Woops! Another dropped ball…and another…and another! Not to mention the almost hourly question of “which inch” should I be working on now? And suddenly this concept of incremental growth is’t nearly as simple as we thought.

Unexpected complications like these can keep us from making any actual progress forward in a given day. Or week. Or…let’s just stop there before it gets depressing! Or maybe we do make progress, but at a much greater personal cost than we feel we can affordStress. Burnout. Strained backs. Strained relationships. Or worse.

So today as I sit here at my computer, I can’t help but wonder…What’s the secret to SUCCESSFULLY inching your way forward…in more than one area? 

If you thought I was going to give you the answer in one pithy sentence, I have bad news: I don’t fully know the answer! But I do have some strong suspicions that I’ll pass on to you for your consideration. And maybe we can live our way into the answer together?

IDEAS ON “INCHING”

  1. I’m guessing it has something to do with priorities. DOING FIRST THINGS FIRST. 
  2. I’m also guessing it has something to do with letting enough be enough each day, rather than insisting on “full closure” on every task every time.
  3. Another thing that resonates deeply with me is the gift of gratitude. Learning to be thankful for all  that DID get done on a given day, rather than only dwelling on what DIDN’T. I believe this is God’s gift to us, to ease our burdens and keep our focus on Him as the Giver, as well as a gift we can give back to Him.
  4. I think it has everything to do with relying on God’s ability to get you where you need to be, if you stay connected with Him in the process.
  5. And finally, I think it has to do with faithfully “inching” your way forward with the big picture in mind…and not staying in your bathrobe past lunchtime. (too often!)

Hope your Monday is blessed — and that you inch your way through this week, confident that God is the One who is working in and through you!

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever.” PSALM 138:8 (NIV)

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  • 1. Evan Money  |  February 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Hi Kim, I resemble that bathrobe remark lol ! I love closing million dollar deals in my robe : ) However I do understand where you are going.

    I really like what you said about being ok with not having 100% closure on everything , everyday. That can be a huge stumbling block if we let it.

    Thanks for your insightful musings.

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    • 2. Kimosphere  |  February 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Yes I agree…there are good robe days too! Thanks for your comments, Evan. It’s good to know a go-getter like you concurs with not having to get 100% closure on everything, everyday. Then there’s hope for the rest of us!

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KIM ALDRICH

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