But it is September 1…
Nor am I a fan of starting and ending dates controlled by someone’s arbitrary view of when something starts or ends.
The Gregorian and Julian calendar have arbitrarily given us such points of time so that is is easy to number our days (Psalms 90:12). However, other cultures have different calendering systems, thus other folks have different starting and ending points. The Jewish calendar and the Chinese calendar are just two examples of alternate starting and ending points.I conclude, it matters little when you choose a starting, or ending, point – the main thing is that you have such a point of time when it is right to start!
Starting points often begin with an idea of a “clean slate.” For those who have never worked on a personal slate, then essentially it is a chalk board a student would hold in their lap… Back in the olden days.
Today, we use pen, paper, or, preferably, an electronic gizmo. Even today we think about starting afresh with a Blank or Clean Slate.
How many times has a writer started off with a blank sheet of paper sitting in an old fashioned typewriter, waiting for inspiration?The ribbon is fresh, fingers are flexed, and the paper is blank.
Where does one start?
Well, traditionally you start at the beginning! What is that beginning? Where is it? When does it need to start?The one thing I believe, a starting point begins with an idea of an ending point.
Of course, you need a destination, an ending point, a place that you call success, even a place that your are content with if there is no more forward motion.
And you need to have a concept of picture of the ending results. What you are attempting to accomplish, what measurements are there along the way to determine success? What are the intervals? How much time do you need? So many questions. So many options.
You need to answer the 5 questions – Who? What? Where? When? How?Where you start, and where you want to end, often depends upon the amount of time needed in the interval, and helps you comprehend how you successful you are in attaining the ending point. Not only does this help define the parameters, you also find out if it is possible within the time remaining. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ (Luke 14:28-30 ESV)
Notice, the first thing mentioned was the “desire”.
This often relates to how strong our will is to complete the tasks. So, at the starting point, ask… “How strong is my desire to complete this starting point?” Depending on your answer, well, maybe that is the crux of the matter. How strong is your will to be successful?
What’s your driving force?
For example, there was a time I wanted to re-enter the education field and get some degrees under my belt. My desire was great, and thus my drive was like a focused beam of laser light. The best thing that had happened in the intervening years of schooling was the advent of online classroom. Via the internet we are now able to participate from the comfort of our own computing platform. So, without leaving my home I can take care of just about every classroom need. This also gave me the opportunity to travel and still be in school.
Perhaps, even a deeper question is; “Can I even do this on my own? Or do I need help?”
Sometimes, the best thing we can do is to get some help for our success. Whether it’s a coach, mentor, or an accountability partner, then perhaps we need to understand whether our own personal willpower needs a little assistance.
Let’s say you want to read the Bible through in a specific time period. You might need to have a checklist with the number of days outlining how much you need to read, and how much time it will take to read through your time period. An accountability partner might be another person who wants to read along with you, aiming at the same goal you have.
Over the next few days I am going to investigate this concept of starting something new at a time period and will use my blog as my accountability partner.
Right now, I am starting out with a Blank Slate…
Tune it tomorrow to read my plan and what results I hope to achieve… Of course, you have not idea what I am focused on, but you will learn of it tomorrow.