[blockquote source=”2 Peter 1:5-8 (NLT)“] In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.  The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.[/blockquote]

Goals Setting
It is the time of the year again, where we review the achievements of our goals this year and plan for new goals for the new year. And to guide you along, I’ll like to introduce to you the concept of be-do-have. But first, let’s examine the current thinking many of us embrace when we are setting goals.

Current Thinking: Do-Have-Be
The current thinking, this applies to me until very recently, is this. We craft a goal, say “to earn a personal income of $1 million this year”. After having written the goal, we then decide what are the actions that we must take in order to have what we want. Then we think that when we achieve the goal, we then become a millionaire. 

To break it down, we are essentially setting goal in the following sequence: want ($1 million) -> do (actions taken) -> have ($1 million) -> be (millionaire). In other words, we are saying that until we “have” then we can “be”. But that’s the problem. To be a millionaire, you’d need to think like one and act like one, not the reverse. You cannot act like one if you do not think like one.

Problem is…
Now, imagine that you sell widgets at $100 a piece. In order for you to make $1 million, you’d need to sell 10,000 pieces. However, if currently you are only able to sell 1,000 pieces a year, you’d need to ramp up your sales by 10 times in order to achieve the goal. Here’s the chance to ask yourself, what are your beliefs and mindset about increasing your sales by tenfold? Some may think in order to do that you’d need to sell hard. And you maybe concerned that people might see you as a sleazy salesperson just trying to make the sale. However, how would a millionaire think? He may see it as an opportunity to bring his widgets to a larger audience, where more people can benefit from it. These two very different mindset would translate into very different set of actions (energy and communication). 

Be in order to Have
Hence, many of us have reversed the order thinking that only when we “have” then we can “be”. But in reality, we must first “be” before we can “have”, hence behave.
This realization is especially important in the spiritual realm. Many of us think that we must first “have” a clear sense of our purpose so that we can “do” what it takes to achieve the purpose and then to “be” the person that God had intended for us. Again, we have reversed the order! 

From today’s reading, it is very clear that we must first “be” the person that God had intended for us, so that we can “do” whatever it takes based on that frame of mind, in order to “have” the sense of fulfillment in life.

What God Wants You to Be
So, what kind of person does God want us to “be”? God basically wants us to be the righteous person who would “do” God’s will. Question: starting today, how can you become the person that God wants you to be?

Father we pray that as we struggle to be the person that You intended for us to be, please deliver us from the enemy and the temptations. In Jesus name, Amen.

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