right tools

What do you want to accomplish or achieve? 

As I often talk about on this blog, every one of us has something we’d like to see changed, and I believe that change is possible.

Last week we discussed that one huge component of realizing the change you want is having hope that change is possible and believing that YOU CAN have a direct impact on your own life.

Both of those things still hold true, but today I want you think about one more huge factor…

Do you have the right tools? 

When I was in college, I took a golf class. It was fun, but I wasn’t very good. The only time I could get the ball to fly through the air and not burn a path through the grass was when I used a pitching wedge.

For our final exam, we had to turn in a score card after going to a real golf course and playing a round of golf. Myself and three other girls headed to the course, ready to knock this thing out.

There was one pretty bad problem, though.

We only brought a pitching wedge (my choice) and something like a seven iron and three wood. You did not read that wrong. We brought three total clubs for all four of us to use.

Did you happen to notice we didn’t bring a putter? I don’t know if you’ve ever attempted to play golf, but it’s pretty difficult to be successful without a putter. Needless to say, it was a challenge.

I shot a 74…on the front 9! For you non-golfers 74 is an excellent score – if you play all 18 holes.

When you don’t have the right tools, you’re setting yourself up for failure. 

Let’s say you want to lose weight and improve your overall health. But, you don’t have any knowledge of your baseline (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.). You also don’t own the first pair of sneakers, a sports bra, or any clothes that don’t look like you’re ready for a work meeting.

You clearly don’t have the tools you need to succeed.

Sure, you don’t have to own the wardrobe of an olympic sprinter, but it would be nice to have something you feel comfortable wearing to sweat and move!

And, not that you have to have them, but some other tools like a fitness tracker, heart rate monitor, app for tracking calories and activities, or a food log can also be extremely helpful as well.

Or, maybe you’ve been thinking about other changes.

You considered starting a new career. Before you jump ship and leave the old paycheck behind, make sure you have a plan.

Do you have 3-6 months of expenses saved up in case you don’t find a new job quickly? Have you researched possible careers or spoken with a career counselor?

Or perhaps you want to work on destroying some debt. 

Do you have a list of all your current debts? Are you aware of all your monthly expenses? Have you found a budgeting app or spreadsheet you feel comfortable with?

Make sure you have the tools you need!

See, no matter what the change is you want to make or what struggle you’re battling, tools exist that can help you be successful.

Whether it’s a calorie counting app for weight loss, an envelope system for budgeting, or a strengths assessment to help you in your career search, there is a tool. You just have to look for it and use it.

Jesus put it this way,

“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?” – Luke 14:31

He goes on to say that without enough men – i.e. the right tools – that king only has a couple of options. Jesus says he should work out a peaceful agreement with the enemy. The other option is to get more men.

Get the right tools!

So, what is it you’d like to change? The first step is believing change is possible. Then develop and plan and make sure you have the right tools to be successful!

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