If you do an internet search for New Year’s Resolutions you will find thousands of articles on the best resolutions. Sadly, less than one month after resolutions are made 75% are broken and less than 10% of people see them to completion. They give up because of unmet expectations, faulty systems, or lack of determination. Over the past few years, I have chosen to lean into annual goals instead of resolutions.
Goals are specific in focus and time. They are measurable, attainable, and relevant. SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based) Goals help you organize your thoughts and actions to reach desirable outcomes. Goals require organization, followup, and plain old hard work. You have to check in on them and continue working toward them. The middle of the year (summertime) is a great time to review your goals and adjust your approach to see them to completion.
Here are some questions to check in on your goals…
How will you celebrate the goals you have achieved? Who do you need to celebrate with? What goals do you need to tweak? How do you need to change your approach to the goals that have yet to be achieved? Who do you need to invite into the process to help you reach your goals?
If you have not made goals for this year, it is not too late to start. Set aside a few hours this week to look at the next six months and ask these questions…
What are the major things on your calendar? What would you like to see come to reality in that time frame (start a blog, run a 5k, write a book, read the Bible daily, create more margin in your schedule, journal daily, balance your budget, disciple one person, etc.)?
Before you venture into the weeds of details, know that God placed these ideas and passions within. As you work in your gifting you can bring about His glory. Set SMART goals around your dreams and desires. You were made for this!!!
Break your Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal down into measurable attainable steps with time constraints and accountability. Be as specific as you can about what it is you are trying to accomplish in each step. Start with the end goal and work backward toward where you are. Each step should be attainable and relevant to the end goal. Decide who you can invite to walk with you, carry some of the burden, or contribute a unique skill set to help you reach your goals. Then invite them into the journey.
Most successful people are ten year “overnight” successes. Don’t get discouraged in a few weeks when your goals are not met; instead, lean into your goals. Work your plan, and press into them. Hustle toward each step and watch your goals come into to view.
Don’t become another statistic of unmet goals! You can achieve more and celebrate more! You can glorify God with your life, passions, and gifts!