Its 2017! Have you taken the time to write your goals for the New Year? What is your vision for this year. Have your visualized them and , wrote them down and gathered a picture that represents what you want to manifest in your life. Turn your dream into a specific goal. Put a deadline on your dreams and do them.
Have you taken the time to write down the goals and steps you will take to achieve them? We do not want to have any “would’ a, should ‘a”, and could have regrets about not accomplishing our goals for this 2017 which represents overcoming and a year of victory. You may not have written your goals earlier, but it is not too late for “mapping out your goals for 2017”. You need to be specific and set a deadline to accomplish your goal
I am challenging you, myself too, to make that vision board and write your goals. I challenge you to write at least what three goals with a set deadline (but strive to write all of them as much as possible) you will set for this year and what actions will you take to achieve them.
“Goals are a must for any person who desires to accomplish something great. Planning is a part of the process of truly successful people.” Pam Perry. Creating goals is valuable for it helps one’s mind to focus upon the attaining of the thing desired until the goal is realized.
And it is well worth it to begin the New Year right. Goals can motivate and “catapult you in the direction of the attainment of fulfilling your dreams” Pam Perry.
What are goals? Simply put, goals are the stepping stones to reach a destination which you desire to fulfill. They serve as the plan, the how to, the path you need to walk, day by day, to the realization of that dream.
A goal is a target, the desired end of our efforts..
The Bible encourages us to write our goals. Isaiah 32:8 says, “The noble man makes noble plans.” Proverbs 16:3 promises, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” We should have dreams and set goals to reach the dreams, but remember that God holds the authority to say “yea” or “nay”-veto power: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. (Proverbs 19:2)
Goals can be spiritual such as your desire to develop, improve, and seek an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and study of His Word. God wants a relationship with you. We should press, stretch and get out of our comfort zones to maintain a prayer relationship with Him. It is the goal that will have eternal benefits. It is the goal that will give us power, wisdom and guidance about all of our other goals such as improving family relationships, getting out of debt, starting that business, writing that book, starting an exercise plan or healing relationship issues. Prayer is the key to unlocking God’s power in your life to carry out what God has placed in your heart.
Accordingly, goals can be broken up into categories such as spiritual, financial, personal relationships, health and business. We should remember to pray about our goals. I must remember, that while I plan, I know my future rests with the One who holds the master plan, so I , each of us, must always start and end with Jesus.
There is still time, forget about what you have not done so far. Begin right now praying and thinking about writing your goals for the year. Take the time to seek God’s face first, pray, and meditate on the Word. Listen to what He states to you and write it down. I find this helps me to accomplish the things that are important to me. Sir Isaac Newton, wrote, “All of my discoveries have been made in answer to prayer.”
Again my challenge to each of us is to take time to pray and write at least three goals you would like to accomplish this year. Dr. Deana Murphy, an award winning author and expert on life design wrote: “The key to writing goals is prayer. He gives us the desires of our heart—which are His desires. This is so important”. Indeed, “prayer is the key that opens the storehouse of God’s infinite grace and power”. R. A. Torrey
Some practical suggestions for setting your goals are as follows:
- Get a journal to write the goals in or a loose leaf notebook and divide the note book under the relevant categories. As Habakkuk 2: 1-4 records, we should “write the vision and make it plain…” so that “…he may run who reads it.” You should then list your goals under specific goal categories such as spiritual goals, educational goals, business/career goals, financial goals and personal goals or other focus areas pertinent to you.
- Freelance writer, online columnist and former stay at home mom for 15 years, Patricia Chadwick, suggests that you get away by yourself for a day in order to really think about the goals you want to set for you and your family without any distractions. Alternatively, establish 2 or 3 hour sessions until you complete your assignment if you are unable to do this for a day. Turn off the phone and television. Do not go on the Internet –especially Facebook. To set her goals she uses a loose-leaf notebook with a yearly calendar in it and breaks the notebook into 12 categories.
- Prayer warrior and writer, Cynthia Bezek, in the article “Plan to Grow” suggests that once your goals have emerged, consider each goal and find as many verses as you can to support that goal. Use the concordance to look up key words. Write relevant passages into your notebook. This process helped her to internalize what the Lord was teaching her.
- Write down promises you may need to rely on and “eat” them in order for God to accomplish each goal in your life.
- Write down specific action items you must undertake to accomplish your goal in a manner that will help you to measure your progress. Make the steps to the attaining of the goal as practical as possible.
Part II will be next week
Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader, formerly served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years for the Lydia Circle of Christian Business and Professional Women, is a member of the Church Prayer Leaders Network and leader of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry at her church. Further, she serves as part of the volunteer team for Girlfriends Pray Ministries, an international women’s prayer ministry and as an intercessor/trainer with Global Missions Prayer Force, a global prayer ministry. She can be reached by email at LDFaygo@aol.com and her blog address is , http://ladyofprayer.com copyright 2013,2017