It’s the start of a new month, and you may be looking back on last month wondering where the time has gone. Did you set a goal anytime this year, but you got off track?
I promise you today is better late than never to start again. Let’s dust ourselves off and try again.
I not only want to encourage you to try again, but also to write down your goals. Many of us verbalize changes that we would like to make. But, it is time that we take it just a step further.
There are a few studies that suggest writing down your goals ensures greater potential for success. And, I want to further provide you with three additional reasons why this critical step is important. I have found myself too many times with failed attempts at my goals. Or, not seeing the progress that I want to see. However, I have also seen a transformation in not giving up over this past year. And, part of this is due to writing my goals and dreams down.
So, here are three reasons why I am encouraging you to do the same.
God’s Word encourages us to
Writing will hold you accountable
You will be able to see your progress
GOD’S WORD ENCOURAGES US TO WRITE THE VISION
There are several instances in God’s word that let us know to have your vision on something tangible. God instructed many Bible heroes to write down instruction and vision. Does Moses ring a bell? He had Moses to write the 10 commandments. God tells Jeremiah to write it down.
One scripture that I have heard often when it comes to goals is Habakkuk 2:2
“Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. (NIV)
God instructs Habakkuk to write it down. When God has given us a dream or goal to accomplish, we need to make sure that we remember it. Better yet, we want to understand it. I have had numerous dreams in the past that were truly vivid and I felt that God was speaking. However, I would sometimes wait before I would write the dream down. When, I would try to recall that dream I would forget details and get things mixed up. I was left with regret that I didn’t write it down sooner.
This is why it is so important that we choose to write out God instructed goals. And, it must be clear for us, before we can ever think about communicating it with others.
Two Other Verses to Consider are Proverbs 29:18
“Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.” (NIV)
and Proverbs 21:5
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
I am believing that God will give us the tools and the instruction we need for our goals.
You may not be ready to share your big dreams with anyone, but you at least need a written document to remind yourself of what you are working towards.
I am big on accountability. You can have a great support system, but there will be days where you will be the only person believing in what you are doing. You have to be willing to go all in and bet on yourself. The days that I want to quit, I like to look back at my written goals. It always gives me a boost to keep pushing one more day.
In January, I talked more on accountablity plus three other tips to aid in goalsetting. Be sure to take a look!
When we are trying to change our lives, they often require teeny, weeny steps. It can look like we are not progressing at all. Yet, if you have your goals outlined, then you might be surprised at yourself.
As I have dedicated myself to blogging this year, there have been PLENTY of days that I wanted to throw in the towel. Or, I would frequently ask myself and God, “Now, why am I doing this?”. However, I try to go back through my journal at least once a month. I wrote down my blogging goal and reasons for beginning this journey in my notebook. When I am able to see how far I’ve come, it gives me a little more pep in my step. Plus, I am even more motivated to move to the next level.
A TOOL TO GET YOU STARTED
So, I hope you join me in writing down your goals. You are welcomed to download my Let’s Goal worksheet. This free download will get you started in the right direction in setting your goals and sticking with them.
I fail and have successes like anyone else. Yet, I use this worksheet and other resources to keep me going.
Throughout this year, I have provided a monthly goals update on the blog. I have decided that I would change it up a bit and show you my process on one goal. I am going to take you step by step through the worksheet. So, be sure to follow along.
As you can see my goal is to stay dedicated to blogging for the remainder of the year. Since my start date is July 1, I am giving myself until July 31 to tackle a couple of actions. This post is one of the tasks that I wanted to complete in 30 days. So, I am already winning!
Feel free to share your goals with me and if you have any questions about the worksheet, just let me know.
Your Sister in Christ,