A Million Steps

May I challenge you to a million steps!

Will you be moved by my provocation?

Or, simply sigh and say, “I have done that countless times!”

The fact is, most of us have. We just weren’t counting, though. And…we didn’t do it all in one walk!

An average million steps is approximately 500 miles. Some of you have done that much simply by shopping at a mall over the course of a few years. Others are on their feet all day working, and others do a daily walk or hike–and just live life in motion.

We do get our million steps in. I have a few times over as one who has been a walker and hiker for years.

But, if I were to have asked you to sign a pledge and get it done via commitment, would you be more or less likely to get in the 500 miles and accomplish the million step challenge?

Every goal needs a workable deadline. Yes, it can be readjusted with major life changes or re-worked to accommodate days where we make other choices–like double-timing it the next day.

To succeed at reaching our desired and needed goals, how about setting yourself up with a deadline. I used to think I was so undisciplined that the only way I could get something done was by having a crunch time: a deadline with an “or-else” factor.

The issue wasn’t that I was undisciplined–though that may be the case, but rather it is a means to work with my personality type. There really should never be guilt in learning to work within our style. We do well to understand how to work with ourselves, like learning how to work with a busy four year old. Understanding, techniques, and loads of grace should be lent towards ourselves as we bite off big challenges. There is no harm in going for the ascent up the mountain!

Tell me, where is your mountain, what does it look like, and when will you climb it? If you want to walk in the daylight there are only so many hours till sunset.

There is your deadline: sunset.

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High Rollers

I remember looking up the term “high roller” a couple years back as I heard someone I know has that status in Vegas. That was my introduction to the term. 

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Last year, as a friend was establishing a business model that would attract very high-end, high-maintenance clients I remarked to said friend, “You are a high roller, now!” I meant that in a spiritual way as well as a business person who was taking a calculated risk to do something big. 

I had so much fun watching the process and discussing elements of it. 

And let’s say, they attracted a client as their first that surpassed their wildest expectations. 

These high rollers hit the target while relying on the peace of God and His wisdom in taking risks. God adventures in the business world! 

Many of you may fall into the “high roller club.” Not necessarily because of your gambling or business risk-taking but rather because of the audacious risks you take following God. You follow Him in little ways that no one ever knows about and you do some things that appear wild to others, as you follow God and pursue sweeping God-given dreams. 

Forgive my ignorance since I have never literally gambled, nor been to Las Vegas. Clearly I am not an expert. However I am an expert in other ways.

I have studied, as well as observed, and I have assisted many people who step out and do prodigious ventures. They possessed huge dreams, they did their planning, and then jumped in to do the plan in partnership with God.

I’ve seen a lot. They go to other countries doing ministry, start businesses, design products, start organizations, volunteer and mentor, write books, create art, make movies, do television programs, radio, digital media, comedy, and so much more.

Every time they step out they meet some resistance; they know they are taking risks. It is more than clear to them–and others that the rope ladder could leave them dangling unless they have it tied right and they are confident of the climb.

They do risk failure. They risk judgments by others. They risk the fact they may have taken the wrong path. They risk money, time, and reputation. At first they are wobbly. Some don’t get past that stage.  Others get knocked over like a inflatable punching bag they spring back up. They step forward even when they are afraid but somehow they grab a hold of the courage that God extends from His hand and Word. As people start seeing them have elements of success, they then get more support. 

Things start happening. The learning curve and adjusting things along the way is part of the process. And it takes some time to hit the markers. But it happens. If…they don’t give in and give up. 

Are you a high roller or are you called to be? Do you desire to do big things because it is in you to do so? Has God developed a level of faith in you and acumen in the area you are to go? What is stopping you from being a high roller? 

Photo Credit: Me with High Roller nail polish sent as a gift from High Roller, Herself.