In this episode, we talk about the fifth letter in the ROOTED acronym: Etched Into Your Memory. For a goal to be sustained in the long-run, it has to stay top of mind. Enabling your brain to think about your goal often and easily will ensure you can make progress on your goal even in the most chaotic of seasons.
Join us as we talk about the exact process we take to make sure our goals aren’t forgotten in the busyness of everyday life and responsibilities! We talk about how we use our planners to support our goals and to train our working memories to take action whenever possible, enabling us to make steady progress until a goal is accomplished.
What does ROOTED stand for?
[R]ooted in Your Core Calling - Other goal setting systems start by asking what you want for your life. This system starts by asking how you're uniquely called as a disciple of Jesus to show up in the spaces of the world where He has placed you.
[O]rganically Growing Out of Your Context - Other goal setting systems tell you to close your eyes and imagine where you want to be in the next twelve months—dream big!—then hustle and grind to make that dream come true. This system encourages you to face the future with great hope, while at the same time rooting you in today's reality by helping you figure out a set of logical next-right-step goals for today's real life circumstances.
[O]utlined for Clarity - Other goal setting systems do encourage you to outline your goals for clarity—and there's a reason for this. Our brains crave step-by-step clarity. This phase is all about being specific about your goal and breaking them down into actionable steps.
[T]ailored to Your Lifestyle - Other goal setting systems might show you how to reverse-engineer your goals, but then end there and wish you good luck. This system shows you how to look at your goals in the context of your daily life, then make those strategic shifts in your schedule to make space for these goals. It also teaches you an incredibly powerful lifestyle-shaping skill called habit stacking.
[E]tched in Your Memory - This phase gives you the secret sauce for making progress on your important goals—even when things change. When you train your brain to care about your goals, your subconscious joins the team and starts looking for every reasonable opportunity for you to make progress on them!
[D]eveloped by Providence - The Kingdom of God does not rise and fall by the successes and failures of our goals. Knowing this gives us an incredible amount of liberty to simply follow the Lord's leading through the messy middle. Leading our lives with integrity and excellence is a deeply meaningful endeavor, and God loves to give us grace to do that. Having a Christian growth mindset allows us to set our goals with an "amen" posture towards God's unknown plans for the future, knowing that when we give our goals back to God, we can trust Him to develop them in the best of ways.