Are you tired of hearing about New Years resolutions? Or how about earnestly trying to keep them through the year, only to get to December 31st and realize you failed miserably despite your intent?
Do you crave purpose this your goals- to truly feel like you’re making a difference and achieving the things that matter most to you? You want to make strides in the areas you’ve longed to conquer, make waves in and see change. So do I.
That’s why today, I want to share two tools with you, that I have personally used, that work!
They have helped me set goals that actually happen, assisted me in aligning my will with Gods and actively plan for the year ahead with focus and zeal!
Lara Casey’s Goal Setting
This is a series put together by Lara Casey, who I can say is just as Godly, passionate and inspirational in person as she is online. Her goal setting series, is one I have done for the past few years and it has been revolutionary in helping me make goals that are focused on what matters most. It’s kept me not only accountable, but actually achieving my goals! I’m happy to say, 9 times out of 10, the things I’ve chased after happen each year and come december, I’m able to proudly say, yes! I kept my “resolutions” and it’s been a tremendous year of growth!
My two scents?
Once you’ve worked your way through the series and start to form solid goals, I would encourage you to keep these five points in mind…
Discipleship Making Plan
Much of the time [me included] we make our lives about us and fervently pray for God to reveal his will for our lives. But hold on a sec. See anything wrong with that? Go back and read it….
In reality, this mentality is wrong. God has called us to align our lives, with HIS will, not the other way around!
He calls us to love him with all our heart, soul and mind, to love others because he loved us first and to make disciples of all nations.
I didn’t see my error in this until I started listening to David Platt and Franis Chan. They’ve rocked everything I thought I knew about my faith and what a Christian life should look like!
Watching this was honestly the BEST and most precious movie I every watched. Period.
David Platt compiled a booklet to help us align our lives with God’s will – walking you through the process of seeing and using our days, our circumstances and our areas of influence for his greater good. I would dare to say, these are what a true follower of Jesus’ goals should look like!
Don’t be overwhelmed when looking at these pages or think of it like another To-Do!
But I would urge you to put great consideration into completing both these tools over the next while. They don’t need to be finished in a day or even a week. But instead, take your time to pray through each of them, setting goals that will help you to know God for WHO he is [not what he can do for us] and live with an eternity mindset.
I pray this is the year we get serious about chasing after him with everything we’ve got, no holds bar!
ps: Whether you’re reading this on January 1st, August 15th or December 10th, it’s never too late to start. Tomorrow, you will wish you had started today!