Keys To An Achievable Outcome - Part 7 - Contextualisation

This step in our process tends to (at least initially) be one of the less-fun steps we need to go through on our goal achievement journey.

When I speak of the contextualisation of your goal, what you need to look at is how your goal (and what it would mean to you when you achieve it) aligns with that future image of your life once you have achieved it. Close your eyes again, and imagine that future life that you are working towards.

As you journey to the future in your mind, see your goal as completed. What does the completion of the goal mean to you in that imagined future? Remember, when you first set your goal you had an image, feeling, sense of accomplishment, or some other desired emotion tied to achieving your goal.

In order to determine if the goal is contextual, we need to be able to answer the following question;




With who?

... do I want this goal...

Looking at that future in your imagination, try to answer those seemingly simple questions. It must feel right and it must be congruent with the desire that you have to achieve it.

If anything feels off or not quite in place, then you have identified "something" that does not add meaning in the context of your achieved goal.

Setting big and audacious goals almost always demands that something in our life must change. These changes cannot be taken lightly as they will more often than not include a change in our relationships. Our friends or partners. Our favourite past times. Hobbies and habits.

Any change that involves our emotions (whether our own or someone else's) will be hard. This means that when that "thing" we need to change is a person in our life, or an activity involving friends (going to the bar, etc.) we tend to avoid taking action hoping to avoid the pain and that they will not have an impact on our outcomes.

Having a very clear image of your future state is then extremely important. You do not want to end good friendships or relationships because your image of the future was fuzzy. This is also not an excuse to divorce your spouse!

Make a list of those "things" that do not fit into the context of your future goal-achieved state and decide how you can change or remove them from your life.

A Biblical View

I have often spoken to people about how God will bring people into your life or simply across your path that has an impact on our lives. What we do not often speak about is how God may remove people from your life so that you can move forward.

One of the most impactful "removals" in scripture is found in Genesis where we read about Abram (later Abraham).

Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you."

When reading this we tend to focus on what lies ahead in Canaan rather than on what is left behind.

At the beginning of Genesis God makes a covenant with His people, promising blessings and prosperity. In the garden of Eden, it all goes astray as man chooses to sin and rebell instead of being obedient to God. This sends early humanity spiraling out of control and it all culminates in the chaos and scattering we see at Babylon.

In order for God to move Abram forward and to fulfill His promise, there is a need to leave the old behind. Certain customs (habits) and behaviours would not fit into God's plans. Family members and friends would likely dissuade Abram from taking his son to be sacrificed.

Leaving his home could not have been easy for Abram. It was expected in biblical times to remain in your father's house and grow the family's presence. The family's wealth and standing in society were determined by the standing of the father's house. To turn your back on the family would certainly bring its share of conflict.

Abram trusted God's plan for his life and understood that there had to be a separation before a multiplication.

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