The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. - Proverbs 21:5
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. - Proverbs 16:3
For me, I have discovered goal setting to be an avenue of keeping myself accountable for what I want to accomplish in certain areas of my life, and the steps I must take to become successful towards the particular goal. In the past, I have struggled with goal setting. One year I would set them and be particular with what I wanted, but the following two years I would fall through and go based off of old goals instead of setting new ones. But what if through our goals, God is able to use even a small fraction towards what He desires for us?
What I have learned this past year is the importance of setting goals in each area of my life and reflecting on my accomplishments of the previous year. The past few weeks, I took some time to reflect on my goals that I had set the previous year, what I had accomplished and how much closer I was to these goals. I then moved forward with setting new goals in each of these areas: personal/relationships, spiritual/faith, financial, professional, and health. Some questions I use to aid in setting goals in each of these areas are:
Personal/relationships - What area do I need to improve on in relationships? What relationships are benefitting me, and which aren’t? What do I wish to better about myself?
Spiritual/faith - What can I do to better my relationship with Christ? How can I keep myself accountable with my devotional life?
Financial - What steps can I take towards saving for ____? What expenses can I cut back on?
Professional - Where do I wish to be in five years with my career? Is there any area I can better myself by either seeking another certification or degree?
Health - What are three steps I can take to bettering my health? What can I do to better my mental, physical and emotional health?
Setting goals based on a one, three, five or ten-year timeline has been beneficial in setting realistic and attainable goals. Goal setting does not have to be a difficult, dreadful task. Words are a powerful thing; you can either use them to build someone up or tear someone down. What words are you using today to talk to yourself while you are reaching for your dreams? Are they good or bad? Chasing your dreams will never be easy, but I promise it will be worth it. Tell yourself that you’ve got this! Get in and kill the day you go-getter, you got this!
1. What are two goals I can set in each area (personal/ relationships, spiritual/faith, financial, professional, and health)?
2. What does God have to say about my goals?
Heavenly Father, I pray that You mold the desires and passions of my heart. Allow me to be diligent in setting goals and that through them I may be able to glorify You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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