You Can Do All Things…but You Don’t Have to Do It All

It's the small things that make the greatest difference over time.

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Hello, brave sister…

I’m talking to you today. Yep, even if your knees are knocking in your cute boots a bit.

You, the one who has a desire that tugs at your heart. The one who sometimes wonders, “Is this all there is?”

I’m inviting you to open the door to your God-sized dream this year.

Now before you get too nervous, let me assure you that God-sized dreams are not really about size at all — they are about what perfectly fits YOUR heart. It’s really another way of describing your purpose. And we all have one.

Just so you know, I am the queen of lofty goals. Around the new year I start imagining how I will exercise for an hour every morning, bond with my husband every night, and write the most brilliant book ever published within the year. However, three days into the plan, I realize my shiny new ambitions will never be realized.

And while all of my good intentions are staring me in the face, I realize something is drastically wrong. Rather than providing much-needed motivation, the goals created to help me live a full, balanced life have instead become the seeds of future disappointment.

One day I was driving to work and telling myself once again, “When things slow down, I will go to the gym and work out all the time. I’ll get in shape. It will be great.” Then I think, “I’ve been telling myself this for five years. Things are never going to slow down. I’ve got to do what I can.” That was the beginning of what I like to call “The Do What You Can Plan.”

“The Do What You Can Plan” is exactly what it sounds like — you do what you can to achieve your goals. For me, this meant doing whatever little bit of exercise I could each day. If I could only fit in ten sit-ups, that’s all I would do. A year later, I realized I’d lost the post-college weight I wanted to shed and dropped a clothing size. I was shocked that I’d actually reached my goal by doing so little. So I decided to start applying “The Do What You Can Plan” to other areas of my life and spend some time figuring out exactly what made it work.

Last week we wrapped up the 21 Day Strong, Brave, Loved Challenge. (If you missed it, you can start any time! Just go here for all the details.) I was amazed at how many of you joined me, and it meant so much to hear how the Challenge impacted and encouraged you!

This week, I’m digging back into the Do What You Can Plan. It feels like the perfect follow-up, and exactly the encouragement I need to keep moving forward with my God-sized dreams.

Would you like to join me?

The Do What You Can Plan ebook is on sale for $1.99 right now. You can download the ebook to your favorite reading device, or you can download the free Kindle app to your computer and read the ebook from a desktop!

If you’ve ever made a goal or resolution and not kept it, this is for you.

If you’ve ever said, “When things get back to normal, then I’ll . . . ” this is for you.

Our culture tells us that we have to “Go big or go home.” But this is what I’ve found: it’s the small things that make the greatest difference over time. Let’s do what we can today.



Right now, we’re doing a special link-up series to celebrate Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely. You’re a fiercehearted woman so I’m asking you to pour out a little love and courage with your words every Wednesday {the link-up goes live at 5:30am CST}. Simply write an encouraging blog post, especially if it’s about living fully and loving bravely, and then share it here. Don’t have a blog? You can still write an encouraging comment. If you’re reading this by email, go to to see all the fun and join in too.

When you link up your post, take a moment to leave an encouraging comment on the one that’s linked up just before yours. Thanks, friends!

I’m having Coffee For Your Heart with my friend Holley Gerth!

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About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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