2015, God’s gift of time to you is here and counting. 7 days already. Hopefully, you have bright goals for this year like you did last year. Sadly, you just might not achieve those goals, here’s why:”
1. You never really believed in your goals.
“All things are possible to him who believes” MARK 9:23 (KJV)
It’s really hard to accomplish goals that you don’t believe in deep down inside. Did you write out your plans with a clear conviction that you will succeed? Or you scribbled just enough bullet points to silence that nagging beep in your conscience that comes from having no goals?
If you have no faith in your ability to actually get it done even before you start, you lose the inner drive and creativity that brings success. Most likely, such half – hearted plans fail.
2. You have no clear strategy HOW to work it.
“The labour of the foolish wearies everyone of them, because he knows not how to go to the city.” ECCLESIASTES 10:15 (KJV)
Imagine a car without tyres, a new journey without a map or a construction project without a plan. Progress and success will be haphazard at best and completely impossible at the worst.
Now that you’ve listed your goals for the year, have you also drawn up an ACTION plan that CLEARLY shows the progressive steps between where you are now and where you’ll be when you achieve your goals? This is the hard part- it’s easy to set grand goals; but every grand goal needs a grand plan to make it work. Without a plan, how do you even start the journey towards your goal? All you’ll end up doing is wishing for lucky breaks. That’s no way to build a great year.
The test of a real plan? It is:
- precise (no vague descriptions e.g I will be better at managing my time vs. I will arrive at every event, minimum 10 minutes before the scheduled start time)
- progressive (sequential) with clear milestones
- and personal– shows primarily what YOU must do (focuses on activities within your control)
3. You’re pushing for overnight change.
“For the earth brings fruit of herself; FIRST the blade, THEN the ear, AFTER THAT the full corn in the ear” MARK 4:28 (KJV)
Overnight success is a ruse. There’s none anywhere. Joseph’s rise to the seat of Prime Minister (Genesis 41) seems sudden, but the guy had always been taking care of other people’s affairs- from checking on his brothers who’d been away for a while to being the head slave in Potiphar’s home, he’d always been a manager of other people’s welfare- little wonder he got his chance to do the same thing on a natonal scale.
Change takes time. It may start in an instant, triggered by an event, a sudden realisation, a story or just a decision. But that’s just it- a start. It takes time to really change.
Are you aiming for overnight change in 2015? Are you seeking to instantly move from a level 3 to say, a level 8 in just 3 months? You just might be setting yourself up for failure. Rome wasn’t built in a day- and I heard the Romans were pretty good builders.
4. You’re flying solo.
“Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” PROVERBS 27:17 (KJV)
Life wasn’t designed to be lived alone. We’re built to connect. Don’t try to go it alone. Reach out to others who have made the journey you’re making. It’s easier to grow and change when you surround yourself with others who are also growing and changing. They may be a mentor, a teacher (someone whose life you’re studying and emulating) or a friend who holds you accountable (if you have NO ONE in your life who holds you accountable to your goals, you are making a major mistake- seriously!).
Going solo makes it so much easier to quit when it gets tough- and that’s not what you want to do in 2015, right?
5. You’re yet to count the cost.
“For which of you, wishing to build a farm building does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see wheather he has sufficient means to finish it?
Otherwise when he has laid the foundation and is unable to complete the building, all who see it will begin to mock and jeer at him
Saying this man began to build and was not able (worth enough) to finish” LUKE 14:28-30 (THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE)
Jesus so nailed it I really don’t know what to add. Life runs on the principle of exchange- every thing costs something. Have you found out what your goals will cost in terms of time, physical energy, mental exertion, relationships (to break or make), money, change in personal routines, forgone alternatives?
Every thing costs something. Ignoring this truth may hurt your progress towards your goals.
A popular saying, or cliché if you like, goes : to be forewarned is to be forearmed. We just saw 5 pitfalls. Areyou slipping into any of these? It’s not too late to make a change.
Have a tremendous year!
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