Every year millions of people want to use the New Year to make a fresh start. I think this is a beautiful thing. We get to look back on the past year and think about what we would like to change about the coming year.
What would we like to learn? Where would we like to go or what would we like to do? Do we want to make career changes or health changes?
All of this is great! And as free-thinking humans we have the ability to do all of these things. Only we (and God) have the ability to make the changes that we want to see made in our life!
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“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14).
But here’s the problem:
“…only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions; University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.” Forbes
With such a small number of people completing their goals why should we even bother to make goals?
“The practice of goal-setting is not just helpful; it is a prerequisite for happiness. Psychologists tell us that people who make consistent progress toward meaningful goals live happier more satisfied lives than those who don’t..” ~Michael Hyatt
Making an attaining goals really does make us happier. And depending on the goals, more successful. More successful in our career maybe, but as Christians our goals should make us more successful at sharing God’s word, completing His mission in our life and our relationship with Him and those He has placed in our care.
When we get ready to start setting goals there is one thing that needs to be at the forefront of our mind. And that is, what are our priorities during this season of our lives? We can not make goals that do not line up with the season of life that we are in. If we try to do this 1 of 2 things are going to happen:
- We will neglect our priorities, or
- We will not achieve our goals
To Write or Not to Write
I think most of us realize that writing our goals down and placing them where we can see them is the smart thing to do. But why? Well, out of sight, really is out of mind. If you can not see it and track it, you are not likely to follow through with it. Life is too busy and there are way too many things begging for our time and attention. Like the toddler hanging on your leg! I know! I am right there with you…
In a study done of 149 adults between the ages of 23 and 72, there was a huge difference between the persons with unwritten goals (4.28%) and the personals with good actionable goals with progress reports sent to a friend (7.6%). They rated themselves on progress and the degree to which they accomplished their goals. Source
So it is not just the act of writing down our goals that is important, but also making the goal measurable and then measuring it. Goals, well good measurable goals, help us to organize our dreams and be able to make them a reality.
“A Dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed into action makes your dreams come true.” ~Greg S. Reid
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Goal Setting Success How to
Really, this is the easy and fun part! But it will take some honest thought. For any goal you need a great why. I mean, a why that knocks your socks off. Because if you why is not bigger than your excuses you are never going to accomplish the goal.
Next, you need a plan. In this plan you must make sure that you will be able to do the plan. Too hard or too time consuming and you won’t do it. Too easy and you will not see results, get bored, and quit.
The timeline is just as important. You must set an end date. Select a time-frame that will challenge you, but not leave you rushed and overwhelmed. We want to accomplish the goal and enjoy the process. Not wear ourselves out so that we never set another goal.
A Bite-sized Piece
Goals should be broken down into manageable bite-sized pieces. If I have a huge task in front of me that seems insurmountable, I will get so overwhelmed and not even know where to start. So….I won’t! This is NOT what we want! Look at each goal and see the individual pieces that will make up that goal and then schedule those out.
How Many is too Many
How many goals you choose to tackle in the new year (or new season) is up to you. But, know that if you take on too many, there are going to be areas where you lack. Choose only a few bigger goals and maybe a few smaller ones.
“Productivity studies show that you really can’t focus on more than 5-7 items at any one time…focus on a handful of goals that you can repeat almost from memory.” ~Michael Haytt
You Can Do It!
I have found that setting goals is the best way to accomplish the things that are really important to me. I have started keeping track of some daily goals in my bullet journal, and have has so much more success this way! Writing them down, making them measurable, and tracking them where I can see them daily has created greater productivity.
Creating steps in bigger goals I am more able to see little bite-sized goals that are more manageable and helps to motivate me to keep moving forward.
If you follow these steps while setting your goals it will make your goal setting season a huge success!
What are some of your goals for the year? What goal are you most excited about?
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