How many of us at the start of every year create a list of things we hope to accomplish? Or a list of stuff we want God to do in our lives for that particular year? Me all the way (I have both hands up). I have done it for the past six years. I have written the same goals down for the last three years 2013-16. As we approach 2017, I can finally check off a few, get accepted and finish school, pay off debt (I had a spending problem, Jesus is fixing it) and advancement in my career to name a few.
I can’t help but question where did I go wrong or right. What did I do different this year that I had not done in the previous years? Yes, everything takes time. But looking back my goals were vague. I had goals but no action plan. Our goals look pretty on paper but with no effective strategy that’s all it will be “a goal!” How did I plan to accomplish these goals? For instance, I have been trying to save and pay off some debt for the last three years. I had spent more than I had saved in the past. However, this year I was able to not only pay off a good portion of my bills in the last six months than I did in three years but also save.
It says in Habakkuk 2:2-3 “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, But at the end, it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
I did a few things; differently, I made my vision plain. The things I wanted to see manifest in my life for 2016, I wrote them down, and this time I went after them. I was sure of what I wanted. I created short and long term goals. My short-term goals were monthly goals, and the long-term goal is for the entire year. I use my list of goals to keep me on track. Sometimes when I revert to my list, and I noticed I failed to make progress, I narrowed it down to weekly goals. I work a full-time job I log between 40-75 hours a week, I go to school full-time and I wanted to launch my blog.
There were days; I found myself procrastinating (due to tiredness) to complete my school work, work on content for the blog but I had to get it together. As humans, we tend to procrastinate when it comes to things we dread doing. So I try to approach everything with a positive attitude now. It doesn’t always work out that way, but I try! It’s very important to take things one step at a time.
Realistically speaking we will never accomplish everything in one go. That’s where many go wrong. They try to achieve everything and end up accomplishing nothing at all. Then they get frustrated and give up on their dreams and goals. We have to give ourselves time to make progress. Know that as long as you are making progress you are on the right track. One thing I’ve learned working in my profession is “working smart.” Yes, there is such a thing as “working smart.” My boss has this saying “you have to own your desk.” Meaning no one can tell you how to do your job. You have a responsibility, you have to figure out what works for you and what will help you get the job done? If you can’t figure that out you are in the wrong profession. What I’m trying to say is, someone can give you 100 ways how to accomplish something from their perspective but if you don’t know yourself and what works for you. It won’t help. Personally, I’ve taken advice from others in the past and piece the information together to make it work for me. Because I know me. I know my strengths and weaknesses. I know how to motivate myself and push myself. I own my goals. We have to own our goals. We know where we desire to go in life. Own it and take responsibility for it. Take care of it, feed, nurture and grow it.
What vision or goals you have yet to accomplish needs REVISION after reading this post? Take some time and go over your goals again. This time find three different ways to accomplishing each goal. Just in case on your first try, it does not work out the way you planned to revert to the list. You still have two more ways to get it done. Just don’t give up on your vision or dreams. So many people have missed out on great opportunities because they gave up too quickly. What if I stopped writing down my list in year one or two? What would have happened? Where would I be right now? Friends, even if what you believe in God for seems delayed just WAIT Honey, it’s for an appointed time. I didn’t know when my appointed time would come for those goals. But I’m glad I didn’t lose faith. I TRULY believe in God and live by faith. Because neither have ever failed me yet. Man has failed me, I have failed me but God, He is always on time!