Create With Friends

As you pursue your goals or embark on a new project, nothing compares to having someone or a support group to connect with at during the process.

The process of Creating Your Garden of Eden does incorporate identifying resources who can assist in the process, such as as a sounding board, coach or mentor, or as a provider of support for a particular activity.

Beyond just having these external resources, it is also wonderful to create a community of friends who can provide emotional support along the journey. Finding, nurturing and embracing such a community does not always come easy to all.

However, we are social beings. We were created to be part of social groups, families, communities and tribes. Yes, the Creator himself said it was not good for man to dwell alone.

Today, let me encourage you to take a look at the support groups you have in your life; support groups which can help you on your path to create a masterpiece on this earth and reflect all that the Creator intended for you.

Three key points about this community of support must be noted. First, there must be shared values. One of the first assignments in the CreateYourGOE process is to identify the key values that are important to you to guide you in assessing each forward step. Use these same values to select and identify friends and groups who can be your partners on the journey. If there are no shared values, they may not understand your decisions and choices and they, ultimately, may turn out to be hindrances.

Secondly, your support group (or your posse or tribe, as some like to say) must themselves be purpose driven. If you are looking to build, you need to have others who are also building and going somewhere in their life. And do not be hesitant to ask about their goals and dreams. If they are not moving forward, you can still continue to be their friend or colleague, but do not expect them to be part of your inner circle of support.

And finally, your support group must be those who push you forward and challenge you to dream and aspire for bold things in creating your Masterpiece on the earth. You should feel inspired and energized being around this group or community. The conversations should open your mind to new possibilities and options. The atmosphere should be uplifting and positive, not negative and full of doubt.

One of the reasons you need a support group is to celebrate with you as you move from Day One toward Day Two, and continue forth. I know one of my challenges is taking time to acknowledge how far I’ve come, what I’ve accomplished and how the Creator must be pleased with my commitment to his destiny for me. Having a team around who is also on a similar journey provides an immediate group for celebration. And if each person in your group is celebrating their own progress, you will be always part of some celebration, either your own or another’s.

Your path to fulfill your destiny will be with its challenges. Be sure to proactively prepare yourself by having persons around you who can help you on this journey.

For those of you who may not have supporters close to you, we have created an online forum, our own Create Your Garden of Eden Facebook Group. This is meant for those who have read the book, are going through the exercises in the Workbook and are committed to creating a Masterpiece in the earth. The group will be your place to share, to celebrate, to acknowledge, to challenge, to counsel, to clarify and to inspire. As everyone will be using the same language, it will be a reinforcement of what we know; two are better than one. So join our Facebook group through this link.


Everyday move forward

Often when you think of a plan, project or making a change, the big picture can be daunting or overwhelming. There may be hundreds of moving parts, many people to speak with, so many tasks on a To-do list.

However, as a famous person said (not quite sure who) a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. So today, and everyday, resolve to take one step forward.

It is important to keep your end goal in mind, and focus on it regularly to ensure you are heading toward your desired destination. But each day, as you seek to maintain momentum, the concern should be to keep moving forward.

Take one step toward your goal. Do one item on your checklist. Make one phone call. Send one email. Write one page. Sketch one drawing. Review one report. Write one blog post. Take one short walk. Or turn off all external communications for one hour.

If you can move forward toward your desired result one step at a time, one day at a time, eventually you will look around and realize you are way ahead of where you started, and further toward your goal than you realized.

When we look at the creation of the Garden of Eden in Genesis, we see the Creator making progress each day, from Day One to Day Seven. Some days there was more observable progress and results (the land and all the trees and shrubs and vegetation on Day Three, for example) and on other days, there appeared to be less, though clearly as powerful, creation.

So it will be in your journey and progress; some days more, some days less visible progress. The important point is to keep moving forward each day.

And motion does not equal forward movement. There is an element of motion that gets you nowhere, only depleting energy and resources and wasting time. This is where the strategy of having a daily or weekly to-do list is useful. Ensure you are working on one item on your list (s) each day.

Ignore those activities that deplete energy but do not enable you to cross off one item on your list.

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