By Eren Mckay
Filed under Personal Development and Growth
Establishing goals and having a plan
Life is a journey. Do you find yourself not moving forward towards the goals in the journey of your life? It might be that you need to begin letting go of the past in order to focus on where you are going. It might also be that there are just too many responsibilities in your life that demand more than you should be giving right now.
I’ve seen too many people let life dictate to them what they “should be doing”. They wander around being thrown by waves of circumstance. We all have responsibilities and things that simply have to get done but we should not let those things take over every minute of our time. We need to have a plan.
We need to establish goals. These goals however should be according to God’s will for our lives. God has a purpose and plan for every child of His.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
He knows this plan from even before we were conceived: in fact even before the foundation of the world.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight in love. (NIV)
Unfortunately people live each day without acknowledging this.
The best thing to do is to discover God’s plan for our lives and then plan according to His will. We can only achieve true spiritual contentment when we live according to His plan for us. We can flounder around blind to His plan for us or we can wake up and see God in little things and pay attention to what He is telling us is His plan.
There’s a saying:
If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.
This is so true about each and every aspect of living.
We need to have goals according to God’s purpose- and there has to be a plan to achieve them.
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Before I came to the Lord (and you can see more of that in my personal Christian salvation testimony ) even though God was talking to me I had put my hands over my ears and chosen simply to not listen to Him. If we make our own plans while ignoring the Creator of the Universe- these plans will always be “less than” or second best – and they may even be completely opposite to what God truly wanted for us. This is why it’s very important to communicate and listen to Him. He always wants the very best for us.
It truly is very simple. We need to strive to achieve God’s goals in life. If you haven’t written down the goals for your life I strongly suggest that you start by doing that. Pray about it and ask God for direction in His purpose for your life. Once you have a certain understanding of what those are for your life then it’s time to take some action.
Overcoming Procrastination – Are you ready to start moving?
The worst thing is when we don’t even begin to move towards God’s goals for us. People tend to over complicate things and keep thinking that maybe they don’t have that “missing link” to put their lives together. They wait until they believe to have everything figured out before they take action. This kind of procrastination is rooted in fear. Fear of doing something wrong. Fear of not being perfect.
Here’s a little secret that I want to tell you: The decision to accomplish any goal should be made today. Better yet, right now- right this minute.
Yep- you heard me.
I can just hear you say – now? This minute? But I’m not ready yet!!
And I want to tell you that you ARE ready. You’re ready to take the next step. You don’t need to wait until perfection comes around to move ahead.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that we can only make goals when we are completely ready. Well is that ever truly going to happen?
Learning never ends. There will always be something that needs to be learned. We can’t wait until we know everything to actually begin somewhere. The knowledge that we already have is enough to decide to make changes and take certain steps.
Even though it may seem like a tornado hit your life – you can still be ready inside of yourself.
Transforming the outside of your life is a consequence of an inward transformation.
You can make that decision right now.
You can decide to make changes in your life right this minute. It may take some time for the outside to catch up with the transformation that happened inside of you. But eventually it will.
You need to start somewhere.
Focus on one step at a time.
But start the first step right now.
Make a conscious decision to not focus on the little imperfections so much that you end up not seeing the big picture.
Action breeds confidence. When you begin to see yourself moving forward you will be inspired to take more steps. Take the steps even if you are afraid.
If you feel that you don’t have the tools and the knowledge to achieve your goals then incorporate the learning into your life. But don’t let this factor stop you from moving ahead.
Move forward with the knowledge that you DO have. Trust God in every step that you make. Celebrate each time you achieve any progress.
…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)
Do you know how to be realistically positive?
When setting goals another thing that is very important is to be realistic. If you had nothing else in your life to tend to then you could achieve certain goals much faster.
But the reality is that we have several things to juggle in life. Take into account all aspects of your life when setting goals and make them achievable ones.
The worst thing is when people make goals that are terribly difficult to achieve and then feel like a failure when they don’t reach them. Everything takes time and changes can happen. We need to be patient and take into account that unpredictable things happen all the time. When really bad things happen we need to hang on trusting God and believing in Him through crisis. Problems shouldn’t stop you.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.(NIV)
When you feel unmotivated then re-energize yourself. Meditate on encouraging Bible verses for inspiration to move ahead. Spend some time in God’s presence worshiping and praising Him . As soon as you are inspired by the Lord keep going in His direction for your life and never – ever quit.
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