Setting goals is one thing; actually achieving them is quite another.
How many of us write out our goals and New Year’s resolutions at the start of each new year, only to not even remember what most of those are by the end of the new year?
Keeping those goals and New Year’s resolutions before our eyes is an important factor in actually achieving those goals in the coming year!
Write Down Your Goals
I don’t believe it’s enough to just decide on a goal; write your goals down.
I like to keep copies of my goals, written down, in different places. One of my places is a large chalkboard in my office area. I painted a wall with chalkboard paint, and in the corner, I keep track of my goals for the year.
In other words, every time I sit down to work, there they are, looking at me, reminding me what I’m aiming at.
Look at Your Goals Regularly
Looking at your goals regularly helps you to remind yourself exactly what it is that you’d like to ultimately achieve over a specific period of time. For me, as I said, my annual goals are written in a corner of a chalkboard where I’ll see them all the time.
I have a friend who keeps her yearly goals, laminated, and stuck to the mirror of her bathroom. Every morning, as she gets ready to start her day, she sees them.
No matter where you put them, write down your goals and look at them regularly.
Pray about Your Goals
I mentioned in another post the fact that I spend time praying before setting my goals for the coming year each year, as well as setting my long term goals. With that in mind, I often will pray about my goals, and ask the Lord to give me wisdom, guidance, and provision to achieve them.
Sometimes He answers this prayer in unusual ways.
One goal I have is to fill up an empty spot in my kitchen where the old, broken dishwasher once stood. I have been praying about what to do there, and looking at the stores for cabinetry. Sadly, nothing is in that exact size I needed, and buying the cabinetry we needed was cost prohibitive. Later, while driving down the road, my hubby and I spotted a cabinet in the garbage. At a glance, it looked the exact size we needed, and in the right style. We loaded it into the van (not an easy task, by the way, but we did it J), brought it home, and discovered that it was within 2” of the size we needed. It’s in the barn, waiting for warmer weather to finish it off and install it. Ask and you shall receive.