I Just wanted to have a quick and candid Saturday conversation with you about how being so “consumed” can really mess with your goals. 
I remember in November/December of 2014, I had set some personal goals to have accomplished by close of 2015. As a read over my list of goals, I realized that I had only accomplished one and that was not even to its fullest potential. I remember saying that I would weigh about 180 pounds, I would complete my property manager certification, complete at least two of the books that I had already written for print and publishing, enroll in the Masters in Divinity program again (2nd time) and upgrade all of my private family stuff. 
Well, you might say “at least you are still here” and to that I must agree and say “only by the grace of God”. 
As I reflect and prepare for my 2015 end of year consecration, my prayer is now “Lord, help me not to be consumed again!.” 

I had gotten so consumed with my workplace advancement (1goal) and advancement in the marketplace, that I completely neglected to keep pursuing those other goals that would have secured and solidified me on another level. 
While this has been an amazing year, it has also been an eye opening year. 
Let’s see…… I began the year with a very interesting workplace dynamic which included extremely long days and multi tasking upper management task in their absence for a couple of months, had the flu and pneumonia for the first time ever, then was injured after the recovery from the flu, completed the property manager course and then was full of heavy medication the day of the exam due to injury (so you know how that ended up), had the challenge of learning how to live on disability pay for 3 months, suffered major family loss during the summer only to return to work to be laid off within 60 days. 
The problem is not the events, that’s just life happening. The problem was that the thing that consumed me the most actually got rid of me when there was no longer a need or use. I was so busy with one goal that I totally neglected the others. 
As you come to a close of 2015, take a look at your journal or personal notes from January 2015 and compare them to your now. If you have accomplished all of them, then challenge yourself more for 2016. If you are like me and have not, then map it out! Be more intentional about everything and not just one thing.
It’s okay to pursue goals, but please don’t allow just one to consume you so much that you neglect all the others! 
Both of us will have an amazing and goal accomplishing 2016 because we are vowing today not to be consumed by any one thing! 

Join the conversation and leave me a note or comment. Talk soon. Have a great weekend my friend! 

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