I don't know about you, but for me nothing makes me feel more motivated than being able to look back at (and keeping track of) all the progress that I've made.
If you set a goal to lose 20 pounds by a certain date, then celebrate every pound lost (But not with cake!) and keep track of when you accomplish each and every step. There are 20 milestones to losing 20 pounds. And there are likely 60 or so workouts and over a hundred days of right eating to be celebrated as well.
If your goal is to grow your blog traffic by 10% each month, then write down how much you're actually growing it each week, so that you know you’re reaching your goal. If you gain 2.5% each week, you’ll know you’re on track. If you come up short, you don’t have to wait until the end of the month to know you need to change something. You may not actually reach the 10% goal, but if you measure it weekly, you’ll have tried four different approaches. And failing that fast is its own sort of progress.
If you’re using your FREE Incredible Advantage Growth Planner for 2017, you should have up to four big goals set for next year. Plan every day to dedicate at least 30 minutes to moving closer to them. Yes, this might not always happen, but if you can't dedicate 30 minutes a day then dedicate just FIVE minutes on your busiest days. Every single day ask yourself, "What can I do today to move closer to my goal?".
But since this is a Christmas blog, I don’t want you to hear about the importance of recording, remembering and celebrating just from me. Instead, I’ll defer to a higher authority (With special thanks to the late Zola Levitt.)
Here’s how important recording, remembering, and celebration is to God:
There are eight major feasts in Jewish tradition. They aren’t just special days that people decided to set aside, they’re days God commanded the Isrealites (Jews) to celebrate, as recorded by Moses in the Bible.
The first feast, Passover, begins on the fourteenth day of the first month of the Jewish calendar. Passover signifies the saving of Israelites from slavery in Egypt and the beginning of a new life in the Promised Land. The original Passover involved spreading the blood of a sacrificial lamb on the entry to each Jewish home, to protect their firstborn son from the spirit that killed the eldest boy of every unprotected (Egyptian) household. Jesus was sent to be the blood sacrifice for all mankind. Anyone who accepts Jesus as Savior has a new life, free from the slavery of sin. If a woman were to ovulate on this day, she would be most likely to get pregnant within the following 24 hours. The potential for new life would exist. (This is important to my point.) For clarity, let’s call this woman Mary.
The second feast is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, one day after Passover. A celebration without yeast, symbolizing the need to move quickly when they were released from slavery in Egypt following the slaughter of all firstborn sons. (They couldn’t wait for bread to rise.) This was the day Mary got pregnant. The day dedicated to celebrating bread (a symbol of life) without yeast (a symbol of sin).
This was also the day, 34 years later, that Jesus’s body was laid in the tomb after one particular Passover, when the blood of the lamb took on its full meaning.
The third feast is the Feast of First Fruits, two to six days into Passover. This is when the people would give special thanks for God's goodness all year. It was spring, and the first of the fruits of the season were beginning to appear. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion. This was the day that Mary’s fertilized ovum implanted in the endometrium (the womb's lining) two to six days into her pregnancy.
Israel's Feast of Weeks comes fourth, a.k.a. Pentecost. Fifty days after First Fruits, new grain was offered to God in thanksgiving for the grain harvest. This is the day Jesus’ followers were ‘filled with the Holy Spirit,’ and the Christian church began.
Mary’s baby became recognizable as a human at this time. Ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes. Undeniably real.
Israel's Day of Trumpets comes next. This fifth feast occurred on the first day of the seventh month. Trumpet blasts acknowledged God's presence in the land, announced the beginning of the High Holy Days, and preparing for harvest. Jesus will return to call his followers to him for eternity. It is said this will be accompanied by the blast of trumpets. Mary’s baby's hearing developed just in time to hear the trumpets.
Israel's Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is the sixth feast. This day, the most important day for devout Jews, occurs on the tenth day of the seventh month. A day set aside to atone for sins, people traditionally sought forgiveness of sin through sacrifice of goats, symbolizing God's promise to forgive and forget sins. Like the goat used in this day's sacrifice, Jesus became our Scapegoat, dying for our sins. As the blood of sacrifice changed our future, the blood in Mary’s baby changed too. Mary’s baby's hemoglobin F, began changing to hemoglobin A. This change adapts a baby to live in the outside world, breathing atmospheric air, rather than living in the womb, having his mother do the breathing.
The seventh feast is Israel's Feast of Tabernacles, on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, celebrating the days that the Spirit or ‘breath’ of God stayed with the Jews through 40 years in the wilderness, when they lived and worshipped in tents. Mary’s unborn baby's lungs became developed enough to breathe at that time.
Israel's Feast of Hanukkah is held ten lunar cycles (280 days) into the Jewish calendar. After the defeat of Antiochus, this festival symbolized a new birth of Israel. Mary’s baby was born (in a manger) on December 25th.
In Jewish tradition, male children are to be circumcised on the eighth day after birth, symbolizing their dedication to God. This is the day of celebration for the birth of a Jewish boy. In the case of Mary’s boy, a celebration so significant that it literally reset time itself, 2016 years ago.
If goals and celebrations are this significant to God, maybe you should make them a priority, too.
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