The start of a new year is always exciting, bringing with it renewed excitement and eager plans to start new ventures. But when the new year starts up, how do we maintain our goals once the excitement wears off and the hard work begins to take its toll? There are a few things to know and remember when it comes to seriously setting goals, so we at Faith Church of Sherman have put some tips together for you:
Know What You Want and Need
Setting goals is about fulfilling wants and needs. Perhaps you’ve already envisioned your long-term goals. However, it is important to know whether or not these goals are good for you.
Sometimes we endure things such as poverty, so we vow to make better lives for ourselves. There is nothing wrong with wanting to have an amazing life. You should pray about your goals, however, to ensure that they align with the Lord’s will for you. Remember that plans backed by the Lord shouldn’t fail. If necessary, reach out to brothers and sisters in Christ for extra prayers at your place of faith Faith Church of Sherman.
If you want a better life simply to improve your own well-being, that may be selfish. Remember that love is not self-seeking. Talk to the Lord, and let him know that you want your desires to remain only if they line up with His will. Pray that your will is His will. Chances are, He will change your desires to match His, or He will give you confirmation that you are on the right track with your goal-setting.
Get Some Resources
Ask the Lord to guide you by helping you to make the connections that you need. Ask Him to place people in your life who will help you to succeed, and ask that He direct you to the info that you need. This is you asking the Lord to provide you with resources.
Resources may come in the form of face-to-face mentors or they could be mentors who you only speak to online. Your resources could also be online content. We live in the Age of Information. That said, the info you need is at your fingertips. Do a quick online search to learn what your goals will require of you. Read content or watch videos online to educate yourself on what you need to accomplish your dreams.
Write Out a Clear Plan of Attack
At this point, you’ve confirmed that Lord is in support of your plans, and you’ve researched your dreams. You know what it’s going to take to reach them, and now all you need is a practical plan. A step-by-step plan is your road map to success.
Planning is all about setting attainable goals. You can’t reach step C without first succeeding at step B. If you have goals that will take years to reach, a good idea would be to break that goal into multiple smaller goals.
For example, if you would like a college degree, what would be the first step? Enrolling in college, correct? From there, you can wait for your acceptance letter, then prepare your finances for college expenses. Later, your steps would be to pass each class then, finally, walk across the stage to receive your diploma.
2018 can be your best year ever. Ask the Lord for guidance and the strength to persevere even when things become challenging. Stick to the proven method of faith and works to watch your dreams come to life.
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