Do you do New Year's resolutions? How many have you actually accomplished? I think New Year's resolutions are the running joke on the world but we do it every year! I mean, we all have the desire to do better than we've ever done, reach higher, and do new things. Really I think we're just wired that way. God says that we should be moving from glory to glory right?
So why can't we ever get these resolutions together?! Well, its pretty simple I think. Our method is all wrong. We write down some really vague aspirations at the beginning of the year and hope that fairies come from wherever fairies come from and just make it happen! But there is a better way. I don't claim to be the best but I have found some tips that are helping me accomplish things I thought I could never do. There is plenty of research on good goal setting all over the place but here are six basic keys we can all start with.
1. Make it specific:
Yup, it’s that simple. Make it really really specific. What is it that you want to accomplish? Write it down succinctly and clearly. Write it down so that the herald can run with it the Word says (Habbakuk 2:2-3).
2. Tie a metric to it:
Give it a number. "You want to lose 20 pounds" is much better than "I want to lose weight."
3. Give it a date:
Things with dates attached to them give you a sense of urgency that you may not have without it. I'm sure we've all had goals where we were so excited when we wrote them down and then December 31st comes around and we have done nothing towards it. Put a date on it!
4. Have your why:
This is a major one! I heard it once quoted that people lose track of their goals when they lose track of their why. You have to decide why this particular goal is important and then write it down. Keep it close to you. For me, one of my goals is to increase my income and my major why is "The more I make the more I can give." That motivates me to keep pushing because I love to give! Come up with the why for your goals and plaster it everywhere. Having more than one "why" is good as well because sometimes one motivator is not enough!
5. Review often:
Most of the time we don't hit our goals because we just plain forget about them. Life gets hectic and other things become priority but when you review often it keeps it in the forefront of your mind and heart. A great leader in goal setting, Michael Hyatt, suggests at least reading your goals every day, reviewing progress every week and every month, and then revisiting your goals in a deeper way every quarter to make sure you're on track. He also says its ok to drop a goal if you think its not the right fit anymore so don’t feel guilty about it! Be mindful you aren’t dropping it because you gave up though!
Anything good is worth fighting for and I'm sure you have some big things you want to see happen in your life! Maybe it is weight loss or eating healthier. It won't come easy but it will come if you keep working at it! I'm learning that a lot this year. The Israelites fought. God gave them the Promised Land but they didn't get it until they first believed and then fought for it. Even when they got to the Promised Land it wasn't smooth sailing but through the battles they saw their victory. They finally found rest. Accomplishing goals is going to be a fight but you are already victorious! Keep fighting towards the prize. Know that if you don't grow weary in well doing you will reap the harvest you're looking for (Galatians 6:9).
The biggest part in all of goal setting is believing you can do it and then fighting to see it come to past. Let's fight together! What are some goals you want to see happen this year?