Creating goals is both a fun and helpful process since it gives us a sense of direction and purpose. When I have a new goal ready, I feel sparks of energy surging through me, ready to propel myself to the finish line of accomplishing my goal. Unfortunately, sometimes the energy to accomplish it begins to wane over time. I either lose interest, give up, or move on to something else. Through personal experience, I’ve learned a few tricks and tips on methods to accomplish goals.
The first step is to choose our personal goals. Before deciding on a goal, imagine that you aren’t concerned with money or other people’s opinions. This decision making time is a safe place where you’re free to jot down your hearts desires and dreams. What do you want to do in life? What do you want to achieve by the end of today? Tomorrow? In the next five years?
Feel free to spend time in prayer. God has a plan and purpose for your life and definitely has specific desires for you.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3 NIV
After jotting down your goals, a pattern will emerge pertaining to your interests and passions.
After you’ve brainstormed and come up with goals, you’ll need to think of how to accomplish them. It is important to make a schedule. For example, if your goal is to write a book, it is important to carve out time during the week for writing. Specifications on methods for accomplishing goals is important.
If you’re like me, you will find it helpful to create a page-long list of goals, and will want to accomplish them all ASAP. Of course, goals take time and diligence, and having too many will become overwhelming. Therefore, ask yourself, “Which goals are the most important?” You can still work towards all of the other goals on your list, but the ones that are a priority will generally take up more of your time.
This may seem like a nonessential step, but it’s extremely helpful—trust me! To make our goals easier to accomplish, it’s wise to visualize oneself as already having accomplished them. For example, if you’re goal is to become a doctor, start imagining that you’re already a doctor and the sense of accomplishment you’d feel with the title. Visualization helps in propelling us toward our goal.
I find it helpful to create Pinterest boards or to print imagines of my goals. If your goal is to obtain a nice car, then you can print off an image of that dream car and hang it in a location where it will be seen daily. It’s a reminder of what you’re working towards.
Whenever motivation dwindles for our set goals, it is wise to take the time to review why we originally chose the goal.
This is the stage where many people discontinue attempting to accomplish their goals. Dreaming of accomplishing your goal is motivation, but without putting a plan into action, the goal is just a dream. Refer back to the action plan you made during the decision making step.
Sometimes we must force ourselves to begin doing the necessary actions needed for accomplishing our goals. Incorporating these actions into our daily routine may be challenging at first, but over time it’ll become easier. I remember when I tried to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. At first it was a struggle! I wanted to stay home, sit, and not mind feeling guilty for avoiding exercising. But by forcing myself to go to the gym even when I didn’t want to, it eventually becoming a goal I enjoyed. Amazingly, I began to consider going to the gym an enjoyable part of my day.
Training for a marathon isn’t a one-day process since it takes time and endurance. When working toward our goals, it is important to focus more on the practice than the end product. For example, if you are training for a marathon, focus on your progress one day at a time as you hit the gym, go for runs, and switch to a healthier diet. Remember you’re growing in your skills and abilities as you work toward your goal. Imagine that you’re driving a car to specific destination. The ride would be quite tedious and long if your sole focus is on reaching the destination. You may even give up because the ride is so boring. To make the journey more enjoyable, it is important to pay attention to the sights and experiences that come with the ride. So crank up the music to your favorite tune, savor those moments as you progress toward your goal, and enjoy the ride.
And remember, the Lord is with you and will give you the endurance, patience, and resources needed in order to fulfill your goals.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NLT