It is the middle of the year and a good time to reassess our goals for the year. Some of us have set goals to lose weight, save money, pay off debt, and so on. However, many people quickly lose motivation to follow through on them.
Any time of the year is a good time for self-evaluation and change. However, in order to remain committed to your goals, there has to be a deeper reason for change than the coming of a new year or a new month. Spend time in prayer to discover that reason and that which you need to work on to enhance your life.
A goal and the reason behind the goal are specific to the individual but there are key universal areas in which these goals fall. We review three of those areas below to help us plan for the life we want.
Seek purpose. At some point in our lives, we ask ourselves what is our purpose in this world. We wonder if there is more to life – more that we should be doing for ourselves and for others. Many keep going day to day in wonder while others begin trying to find purpose through trial and error. Before we begin anything, we are to study the word of God and pray about our purpose. Have faith and trust in His word.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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.
Personal Care. Many of us set goals to take better care of ourselves by, but not limited to:
- losing weight/eating healthier/exercising more often.
- saving money.
- paying off debt.
- getting more rest.
- learning a new hobby/skill.
The keys to follow-through are prayer, planning, and being consistent. Plan by writing your goals down and post them for you to see every day. Make sure they are S.M.A.R.T. goals. *S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Framed.
Make the necessary preparations to be successful such as getting rid of unhealthy foods, creating a budget, developing a bedtime routine, etc. Also, ask someone to serve as an accountability partner.
Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Education/Career. Our careers help us maintain our lifestyles. Therefore, we often think about our career progress, contemplate job change, evaluate if further education is needed, etc. We must pray for direction and that we do not attempt to change purely out of emotion or the desire to have a higher salary for instance. Also, seek out mentors in your career field or in the field in which you desire to gain employment. Mentors can help with career strategy and ascertain whether earning another degree is necessary to move forward. Moreover, be sure you have considered all options at your current job before making a move. Sometimes what we want goes unspoken out of fear, so the employer is not given the opportunity to present a retention offer.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)
But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
It is time to get to work. Start praying, planning and preparing today. You will be on your way to rediscovering yourself and living a fulfilling life.
“You don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great.” ~ Zig Ziglar
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