Goals are important – they keep me grounded, focused, accountable, and encourage me to step outside my comfort zone.
Completing this blog series is on my 2015 resolution list. It has been a test of vulnerability and endurance for sure, and there is still a week to go. This series has been difficult because I have exposed skeletons and revealed weaknesses, but it is soul-cleansing. I have also impressed myself by my commitment to write 30 original posts based on Scripture and improving my overall health. I will reap benefits from this project after the 30-day blog series is complete because this journey towards physical health and spiritual well-being requires a lifestyle transformation. There will always be new goals to achieve and something to work towards; I am just getting started!
But accomplishing ‘earthly’ goals don’t hold a candle to my ultimate goal: stand before the Lord God at the end of life and hear Him say these seven words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. … But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done. ~ Philippians 3:12-14 (Contemporary English Version)
I have not yet reach my desired weight, but I am closer today than I was at the beginning of this series.
If you have goals or resolutions you’d like to accomplish, be S.M.A.R.T. about them:
- Goals must be SPECIFIC.
- Goals must be MEASURABLE.
- Goals must be ATTAINABLE.
- Goals must be RECORDED.
- Goals must be TIMED.
Though my annual list of goals is extensive, every item is realistic. By writing (or publishing) them, I can measure my progress. I also publish a monthly resolution update that highlights successes and failures and areas of concern or improvement Finally, I give myself one year (January 1 to December 31) to complete the list. I have never accomplished an entire resolutions list in one year, but that doesn’t derail my ambition. Besides, whaever I don’t accomplish this year gives me a head start on next year’s list!
Friend, keep your mind on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be with you. ~Philippians 4:8-9 (CEV)