With the onset of a new year, goals are something that are on everyone’s mind.
A sad fact is that only 3% of Americans have written goals. Less than 1% review & rewrite their goals on a daily basis. Every article I have read concerning goal setting states that the power of goal setting is in writing them down and reviewing them regularly. This is a scriptural principle.
Habakkuk 2:2 tells us to write the vision and make it plain so we can run with it.
97% of you reading this do not have written goals. Over the years, sad to say, I have been in the 97%. There have been times when I wrote down goals, but I never reviewed them and pushed them aside for different reasons. I am sorry that it’s been that way for me. I know it would have helped me be more focused and I would have accomplished more.
This year is going to be different. I’m writing my goals and am putting reminders on my phone so that I look at them. I know this is not going to be easy since it never has been my habit. I am excited to see what God is going to do as I get up the nerve to write them down and share them with my husband and others. Telling others helps us to be accountable to someone for what we want to accomplish. We become vulnerable.
There are a number of reasons I haven’t written goals in the past. Fear is the biggest factor for me. Fear of failure. This is a silly reason. Isn’t better to have written them and tried to accomplish something, than to not have tried at all? At least writing goals down points me in a direction.
You might be thinking you don’t have to write them down because they are in your head.
WRONG! There are so many thoughts going through our mind, our goals get lost in the shuffle. Staying focused on the goal doesn’t usually happen when they are not written down. I can certainly attest to that.
Another reason I didn’t write down goals was that I didn’t understand how to or why I should. Of course, I never tried to learn how to or why I should. I even thought I was different. I didn’t have to. I wasn’t one of those people who fit in the non-accomplishment category. It was a foolish thought. I could never look back and see what I had written down and say, “I did it.” It’s a great sense of accomplishment to see a finished project that was planned. Most of the time I would look back at my year and see things I did that were good, but it didn’t give me the enjoyment of finishing what I set out to do.
There are many more reasons I could site for why I didn’t write down my goals. I will share one last thought about why…. I felt like the “Goal Thing”, as I called it was, being abused. I saw people talk about goals that I judged thinking they hadn’t gotten their plan from the Lord. I was under the pressure of trying to perform or outperform someone else. Rather than writing down and pursuing what I thought God wanted from me, I didn’t focus on anything. Sometimes we throw out the baby with the bath water.
I hope my transparency has been helpful to you. I want to encourage you to write some goals. Don’t make so may that you won’t accomplish anything. You might want to try starting with a couple and adding more on as the year progresses. The new goals would have different timelines for finishing. Do something that is manageable so you can have a sense of accomplishment. Once you do, I’m sure you’ll wonder, like me, why it took so long for you to start.