February 2016. Are you where you want to be? Thinking back five years, are you on the path you thought you’d be on at this point in your life?
Yeah, me either. Although I must admit my life goals have been somewhat ambiguous. “Do more writing. Be a better ranch wife. Choose joy above all.” These aren’t bad things, but they are hardly quantifiable. Have I reached them? I don’t know, how much is more? What is better?
What if I’d said, I’d like to be writing four pages a day. Or I’m going to study the cattle market weekly. If I have a target, I’ll know whether my aim is on.
I realize it is February and usually it is January that beckons for resolutions and goals, but the year is still young. In previous years, January’s been full and February starts to feel like the New Year. January’s been a time of dreaming and casual thinking, while February brings details. What do you want for the upcoming year?
My goal is to be writing a couple pages a day and studying market trends. I’m tackling health issues and looking forward to resolution.
When we first started out and had nothing, we operated day by day, reassessing what we had to use it to further what we wanted. We are in the same boat again. Due to relocating, we are starting over again. We chose to do this because letting go of a smaller dream allowed us to pursue a bigger one. Now we are evaluating our assets. What do we have? How will it help us grow? What other tools do we need to achieve a larger herd?
The obvious is money. No one would turn away more money. Yet this isn’t the heart behind our life. So what can we do now with what we have?
We have desire…vision…a tractor…land…new fences…Grass…Water Rights…Kids that want to help…We have knowledge.
We need to reseed pastures…to plant new cover crops…to bring in goats for weeds on the river…
These things are all doable. Yes, we’ll need to buy a few things, but we have the ability to complete the work ahead of us.
What do you have already that can help you get to where you want to go?