Becoming a Responder
With summer coming to an end and the school year quickly approaching, I can’t help but think how fast time has flown by. It’s almost time for me to send my kiddos back to school, which means routines and schedules are going to require us to stay on top of things so we don’t get pummeled by every day life. Whether it’s packing four lunches every day or having school projects due on a Friday, transition is coming quickly around the corner.
I want to think ahead and prepare, rather than letting this next season sneak up on me. It’s easy to live reacting to present circumstances, but I can’t live in that mindset forever. Instead, I want to anticipate, plan , and respond. I want to be a responder rather than a reactor. With our crazy schedule I’m finding that even though this is typically not my nature, I have to plan ahead in order to thrive.
I can tell I’ve entered into survival mode when I start getting frustrated easily or get upset at little things. When I’m not preparing for what’s coming, it’s easy for me to get sidetracked, distracted or caught off guard. This leaves me in a vulnerable position. It allows insecurity to creep in and the feeling of defeat to sink deep. And if I let that rule my life, then I’m never going to make the impact I was made to make. Reactors survive, they don’t thrive.
Instead, I can be a responder. I can prepare for what’s coming the best I can and get vision for where I’m going. This starts by pausing to think about what’s next and how I want to get there. What is my purpose and what am I called to do in this season of my life? I’ve got to set aside time to go over my goals, calendar, meal plans, projects and due dates. I confess I’m one of those people who get giddy about new organization tools, whether it’s a new app or a clipboard system. But I rarely have a perfect follow-through record. So that’s why this year my goal is to maintain a place of planning and thinking ahead. The key is staying on top of it so there are real results. So go ahead and buy the cute new planner, but gather a support system and ask them to encourage you in your goals.
When I take time on the front end to plan, identify goals and vision and gather a support system, then I know where I’m headed, even when surprises come. I’m focused. Sure, there are curve balls, but at least it won’t feel like ten are coming my way every hour. I want to make a greater impact by becoming a responder with my husband, my children, employees, and clients. When I respond to circumstances, there is a movement of grace that follows behind and this is where growth happens.