I have great expectations for 2015. There is something so wonderful about the perception that you can begin again. As a Christian I was granted a fresh start when I first came to Christ and surrendered my life to him as a teenager. Christ gives us a clean slate when he forgives us of all our sins. Yet, I understand that every day is a chance to begin again. Typically, the start of a new year usually brings a list of goals we want to see accomplished in our lives, but unless we make a plan as to how we are going to get there we will end the year in the very same place we began.
So how do you get to your destination? Exactly how do you turn your dreams into a reality? Well, you need to visualize the finish line first. It’s so important that you see yourself accomplishing your goals, and give yourself permission to imagine what life would be like if you did. Too often, we squish our dreams before they have an opportunity to get out of the gate. We give all sorts of reasons as to why we can’t make it to our destination. Once we understand that we are the holders of our fate, that even when difficult trials arise we still have control as to how we will react to them. Will we crumble or will we grow stronger? We do have a choice.
If you started the year with a goal to lose weight, begin to see yourself already at your ideal weight. Then make your goals definable by giving specific ways as to how you will achieve them using a deadline. Let’s just say you want to lose 50 pounds by the end of this year. Break your goal down to losing a minimum of one pound a week. Then clearly state how you plan to arrive to your ideal weight. How will you change your eating habits? How will you make exercise part of your daily schedule?
I believe in the power of writing things down. I make it a point to use S.M.A.R. T Goals to accomplish what I want to see different in my life. In order to do this I have to be willing to ask myself if my goal is S=specific enough. Is the goal M=measurable, in other words, how will I know I met my goal? Is my goal R=realistic. It’s important that you don’t set yourself up to fail. You may want to lose those 50 pounds by the end of the month instead of the end of the year, but frankly, that will only cause you frustration. The moment the first roadblock comes, you will throw up your arms in defeat. Instead, make your goal doable. Next, ask yourself if you goal is T=timed. By when do you expect to meet it? Add a deadline. What I have come to realize is that when I am willing to do these extra steps I see my goals accomplished, but If my goals are vague I end up with vague results. I base this way of goal setting to a Bible verse found in Habakkuk 2:2 Write the vision down and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
When we take the time to write our goals and make them clear we can be encouraged to know that we can see them manifest as we take the necessary steps. Lastly, look at your goals on a daily basis. To be honest this is where most people fail. They may do all the necessary homework to write out their goals but they never look at them again. Why is this step crucial? Because when we take the time to read them daily we are affirming that we believe this can be accomplished and it keeps us accountable.
This year take the time to write your goals using the S.M.A.R.T goal system, then hand it over to God and watch your life transform before your eyes.