Book of Rememberance

Malachi 3:16

A Goal without a Plan is just a Wish!

on December 28, 2011

It’s that time of year again. People are thinking about New Years and resolutions. I have never been very big on the idea of New Years Resolutions. I figure if there is something I know needs to be done, I either need to do it no matter the day or time of year or I know it needs to be done and I’ll procrastinate and make excuses until I am finally resolved and committed to accomplish that goal – no matter the day or season.

It’s a very sad thing to know that God has been talking with me about a specific area in my life and I KNOW I have to do something about it and I just haven’t gotten around to figuring out how to accomplish this goal He wants for me. Its even more mortifying to admit it has been nearly 2 years since God first put it in my heart to work on this area. Pathetic. Sinful.

Well, as I come into the end of 2011 I have been writing this blog for a year now. I see many changes! I also see those areas God was speaking to me about even last year that I am still working on…or havent been working on at all.

So I decided to do a bit of research. Study in this area of goal setting and what does it take to accomplish our goals.  I read an excellent blog (www.bigisthenewsmall.com) about leadership and in that blog he often talks about setting and achieving goals. I have learned a lot from him even though for the most part things he talks about does not directly pertain to me and my type of work, but it can often be applied in some way, shape or form to my personal/private life.

You know that common saying failing to plan is planning to fail? Well this appears to be true. It is researched that planning for your goals makes it anywhere between 50% and 68% more likely you will succeed. That’s say… between you and a friend making a resolution, if you plan for it you are more likely than them to accomplish it! 🙂

There are a few guidelines that business plan executives and creators pinpoint for the highest chances of success to accomplish your goals.

1) Brainstorm. List the goals you’d like to accomplish

2) Put the goals in writing. Make sure that they are specific, measurable! For example, “excercise twice a week” is a more measurable goal than “get fit.” Plan out a time line for achieving each goal also, both long and short-term is a good idea.

3) Create a Plan and Deadline.  What do you need to do to achieve your goal? How will you go about it? Is there people you need to connect with, or things you need to study? When do you want to have this goal reached by? long term…short term? steps you can take now and leading up to the ultimate goal. Setting time gives you an urgency and motivation to work towards it stronger than “sometimes before I die”. Chances are, with this attitude you will likely die first!

4) Accountability Partner. Find someone to confide in. That person you can trust to check in on you and see how you’re doing, reminding you and encouraging you to keep at it. Maybe working towards goals together, be it the same or similar goal or just partnering to build each other up and support one another in your dreams and lives.

5) Realistic. VERY Important! Your goals must be realistic or they will not succeed and you will lose momentum or encouragement to keep going. If you are currently living pay check to pay check with little left over each month, it is unrealistic to plan to save $1000 in just a month or two!

6) Measure Your Progress. This is so important! If you can’t see how far your coming along then you wont know how close you are to accomplishing the goal… or how far you are! You don’t want to get a month or two away from your deadline and realize that there is no way you can succeed. This will not foster good feelings about setting goals or encourage you to pursue other/future dreams. On the other hand if you can’t see how close you are, then during hard and try times your fight may grow weary and you have nothing to look at and build that strength to keep fighting.

Just as importantly 7) STOP WISHING! Wishing never gets anyone anywhere, we just sit around day dreaming about how we wish it would be. Take that wish, put it to work into a plan and set some goals to make those wishes become reality. Joyce Meyer always says “You don’t need Wishbone you need Backbone!”

How about fear? That’s one of the biggest obstacles we will face actually. I always tell my friend  – have a plan to get out of that situation after you do the scary thing. Sometimes we need to do something scary or nerve-racking to accomplish our goals or get stuff done that is required of us.

The best way to do this is have a plan of action. What do you need to do? What’s scary? Worst case scenario? Plan for it! Then execute the plan and Praise the Lord! God Himself says Fear not. This is not to say don’t feel fear but this is to say through your fear do what needs to be done. A Hero isn’t without fear, a hero is someone who does what needs to be done though the situation is terrifying and dangerous. Fear takes a back seat and action takes the lead.

Finally I repeat, Praise the Lord! He is ever with you, cheering you on and willing you to succeed! He is so proud and excited for you! Praise always brings the victory. So Just as God told the Israelites “Send Judah First!!” (Judah means Praise) Send your Praise First  before the battle (achieving your goals is a battle!) and He will make your paths straight, go before you and lead you into the Promised Land, the reality of that goal. Amen!

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