At any point in the year, we are allowed to set goals for ourselves. We don’t need to wait for another Monday, next week, after my birthday, or next year to get moving. We can always start fresh with God, ourselves and others, but the new year causes many people, including myself, to set fresh goals for themselves. It is a staple time for reflection and rejuvenation.
What are you unsatisfied with in your life?
Is it your health? Your physique? Your drinking habits? Your addiction to busyness and tendency to rush? Maybe your relationship with God?
Your goals stem from identifying what is bothering you or what is hindering you from feeling freedom and ease in your life. After that, we can start to set goals for ourselves to resolve the dissatisfaction we are feeling in our lives.
It is important in goal setting to not just list things we want to fix, but to set action goals. What are some steps that will help me to actually get to where I need to be?
I want to get in shape. Do you have sneakers? A gym membership? Time set aside?
I want to strengthen my relationship with God. Do you have access to the Bible? Did you set aside time in your day specifically for that?
Without the action goals being set, it is nearly impossible to accomplish the goal itself. It is important to be honest with yourself and start moving. Take action to get there.
Here are some things that I find to be essential in setting goals for myself.
- Identify the disturbances in your life.
- Set goals.
- Set practical goals.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself this year. We don’t need to do anything out of our own power, but through God. With Him all things are possible. You can lose that unwanted weight. You can eat for nourishment. You can stop drinking. You can get over that addiction to whatever. He will carry you if you ask him because He is so in love with you. Fall in love with Him too.
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.