I can’t tell you how many times a day I limit myself. I belittle my gifts, talents, and dreams. I often make goals based on my perception of what I can accomplish and not based on the God that I serve. Whew!
After having a conversation with a friend, I realized that somewhere down the line I forgot to truly dream. There was once a time I’d make goals that scared me. I’m talking dreams of singing on stage with Alicia Keys at the age of 10, being a CEO of a huge company, and owning a mansion.
I miss that pang of hunger for success. I miss the dreams that awakened me and made me reach for more. I miss the days I’d spend daydreaming, imagining all of the beautiful possibilities. Instead, I have found myself focusing on all of the things that could go wrong, making goals that seem feasible, and relying too heavily on logic and physical sight. Honey, what God has planned for your life will be like nothing you could’ve imagined. It’s going to be bigger and better than you envisioned it!
In 2021, I am full of hope and expectation that God is going to do miraculous things in AND through my life. I will stand out of my own way and walk in my purpose this year. Who I am is more than enough for God to use. And that’s on Mary had a little LAMB!
Here are some tips that I will be implementing this year to help me reach my goal:
5 Tips for Goal-Setting
- Write down your vision and make it plain.
Create a few actionable steps each week that you can take to work towards your monthly goal(s). It’s helpful to track your habits and reflect on how you were feeling or what happened physically that allowed you to either meet or miss your goal(s).
- Pay attention to the detail–you are worth the detail.
When God created us, He was very intentional with every facet of us. From the way my hair curls more loosely around the nape of my neck to my long, slender fingers, God was specific. Thus, you have every right to get specific with things you envision. That house you’ve been dreaming of–go pick out the paint color and fill up your online cart with furniture to decorate. For the past two years I have gone to the dealership to test drive my dream car. I’ve customized it and know what I want when the time comes. There’s something about listing details that can make a dream feel more tangible and get you excited!
- Surround yourself with people that can hold you accountable and challenge you to grow.
If you are constantly surrounded by people that tell you that your dream is “too big”, you need new friends. I am thankful for my friends that will pray along with me and also be my accountability partner to help me reach my goals.
- Just do IT, even when the feeling you were in when you made the goal has passed.
Some days (and if I’m being honest, most days) you won’t feel like working out or eating healthy or working on that skill. This is when discipline comes in. Be sure to keep working towards your goal despite not being in the mood. Remember your WHY when these moments come so that you can stay focused on the end-goal.
- Be mindful of what you are feeding your spirit.
Someone once told me that even when you joke around with negative speech, your spirit doesn’t know the difference. Start speaking those things that you want into existence as if you already have them!
I want to end this post with a friendly reminder that it is never too late to start dreaming and striving towards what you want in life. Even when we think we are falling behind, that is when God will do some of His best work.
With love and light,