You were all fired up at the beginning of the year, you had your resolutions set and nothing could stand on your way to achieve your goals. Weeks passed and nothing happened, not even a single goal has been achieved yet. At the beginning you had told yourself that “This year will be different, I am going to accomplish all my goals” but months are passing and nothing has been achieved yet. You have given up already and it feels like it is too late but wait, take a breath and lets roll up the sleeves and get on with it! It’s never too late until you give up your last breath.
I wish we could all be able to set the goals and achieve them easily, because the world would be a better place. However, there are certain things that one needs to implement in order to achieve their goals, and that is what makes goal achievement so hard! First you need to make sure your goals are SMART, that is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. When your goals are SMART then it becomes easier to follow them through and finally achieve them. Here is to what SMART goals really means:
Be specific on what exactly you want to achieve, do not make vague goals because vague goals will bring forth vague results. Genesis 1:3 states that, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” God didn’t say “let there be something bright”. I believe Genesis chapter 1 is a great example for goal setting by the master creator, His goal was specific, He wanted light and He was unambiguous about it. So it is apparently clear that specific goals will bring forth specific results. Specific goals will help you understand your goals and they will make your vision clearer. If you do not understand your goals, nobody else will.
Be able to measure the magnitude of what you want, do not just say I want a salary increase this year but state as to how much you would want to get in increment because even $50 will be an increment and I guess you will not be happy with it. For example, “I want my salary to be increased by $250 by the end of year 2017.” This will be a measurable goal because you know what to expect and what to work for; and anything less will be unsatisfactory and a mileage towards your goal. Genesis 1:29, “Then God said, “I give you EVERY seed bearing plant on the face of the WHOLE earth and EVERY tree that has fruit in it. They will be yours for food.” God’s plan was to give all and not some, so He measured the extent at which He wanted to give, that is a measurable goal.
Set goals that are not far reached beyond your capacity and beyond your faith. For instance; as an employee earning not more than $500 monthly, if you say you want to be earning $10,000 monthly by year end from the same job then you are being unreasonable and you will be setting yourself up for failure. Even if it’s by faith please do not forget that some people mistake stupidity for faith and this time might be you, sorry! James 2:17 says faith without works is dead, if you set a far beyond reach goal, be prepared to work harder for it and do not expect God to perform magic for you. Here is an example of an attainable goal, “I want my salary to increase from $500 to $1000 by end of year 2017.” This kind of goal setting will help you to be able to work hard enough to be able to realize your goal, because it will create the confidence that it is possible to achieve your set goal.
Unrealistic goals will set you up for failure even before you start working on attaining them. Set goals that are realistic to achieve so that you may be encouraged to work on them. Develop skills that are required for you to be able to achieve your goals and position yourself right. For instance, if you are not a leader of any political party at the moment and you say you want to be the President of Botswana by year 2017 then your goal will be very unrealistic! First there will be no elections between now and end of year 2017, second you need to be in a political setup for you to attain such a goal. An example of a realistic goal would be, “I want to be affiliated to a political party and have made major contributions by year 2017 to build up my profile for future political endeavors.”
Put a time frame on your goals so that you have some timely measurement to guide you if you are lacking behind. Goals without a time frame are for infinity, that means there will be no push, no deadline and therefore no urgency so they can be pushed down on the to do list. Time places some level of importance on a goal hence why it is always necessary to time your goals. Genesis 2:2 states that “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing: so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” When you look into Genesis chapter one you will realize that each day God had a goal to achieve and he had some work scheduled. He had set time to work on his goals and hence He rested on the seventh day because all that which was to be done was scheduled within a specific time. Rest is for after the goals are attained not before but the problem is that we want time to rest before we work and it does not work like that!
Now that your goals are SMART, we will talk more on the next stage next week.
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Agape Love, stay Divine!