Everybody arrives somewhere, but very few people arrive somewhere on purpose.

We’re in the home stretch for 2016.  Whatever hopes and dreams we had for how things might change for us this year are running out of time.  A lot has happened in the world over the last year (new president, Brexit, Zika virus, North Korea’s H-Bomb, Middle East unrest), but for most of us, life doesn’t look that different.

“Most of us just kind of let life happen to us.  We’re born, go to school, and our parents send us off to college.  We’re supposed to get married so we look for a mate.  We want to buy a house, so we get a job and a mortgage.  But we’re not super intentional, right?” 
Donald Miller

If you are like most people, while “America has rolled on like an army of steamrollers” as James Earl Jones says in Field of Dreams, life really hasn’t changed that much for you.  And the simple recipe for things not changing again next year is to simply keep doing everything the way it is currently being done.

The worse part of that reality is that most of us had pretty low expectations to start with:

  • Save a little money
  • Lose a little weight
  • Take a little ground in our marriage
  • Show a little growth in our business or career
  • Mature a little in our faith

The only thing more sad that having high expectations and not meeting them is having low expectations and not meeting them.  It is one thing to say you want to be able to run a marathon, it is another thing entirely to say that you want to be able to climb a flight of stairs without losing your breath.

I am not okay with that.

Reality is that we are the ambassadors of change.  We are the curators of transformation.  We have been given the privilege and honor of offering all the hope and glory of the Kingdom to a world desperate for change.  At the end of the day, the one great hope is not that we would become something new, but that we would become what we were ultimately intended to be…something far more glorious that we’ve believed.

There is life available for all of us, beyond our greatest expectations, waiting to be claimed.

There is a different reality for our businesses, waiting to be realized.

I didn’t leave a successful banking career to help bring about a little change in people’s lives and businesses.  And I certainly didn’t leave to spend time with people commiserating about how things aren’t changing.

Real transformation to something intended and far more glorious is available.  There is a growing tribe of people finding that life.

“We’ve accomplished more in the last six months than the last 25 years.”  
“This is the best season of my life.  I know where we are going, how we are going to get there, and the specific role I am supposed to play.”

They were…

  • Discontent with the life or plight of their businesses
  • They were highly motivated to change the course of things
  • They were open to having someone come alongside and coach them

How about you?  Is 2017 going to be the year where you finally find what you have been hoping for?

  • Are you really ready to change your life or your business?
  • Are you motivated and willing to invest the time, energy, and resources to find that change?
  • Are you really able to let someone else come alongside you and coach you and your team?
  • Let’s meet, craft a plan, and find a different result at the same time next year.