Everyone has a vision or an insight of what they want this New Year to be for them. At the same time, you might be confused on how to go about it, which is what this article is about. But, above all, be mindful of your purpose here on earth.
It is highly important that as an individual with a purpose, you set goals ahead of you to be achieved. So, below are some principles to help guide you in taking reasonable steps.
Setting New Goals
Seek God/ Align it with Purpose – before you begin setting goals, ask God what He wants from you in the New Year. What has He purposed for you? What activities has He set aside for you? Seek His face and His kingdom. Spend time with Him and just get to know His will for you. He is concerned for you and what He has planned for you is unique to you alone. (Matthew 6:33; John 4:34; Romans 8:28; Romans 12:2; James 4:13-15)).
Be in Sync with God – 2 Peter 3:18. To set new goals, you have to be one with God because He is your creator and the one who knows your end from your beginning. He already knows what will or won’t work for you, which is why you have to work hand-in-hand with Him. So, you do not set goals and achieve nothing at the end of the day. Be in agreement with God, let Him guide you so your pages are not wasted at the end of the year. (Psalms 37:4; 127:1; Isaiah 55:9; Matthew 19:26).
Research/ Consultation– Often times, you get carried away by the activities of others. You set goals that are out of your field of discipline or career or ministry. To set realistic goals, you have to be knowledgeable about the goal. That is, your goals should aim at something extraordinaire or otherwise. It should be something that is real (physically or spiritually). (Proverbs 13:16; 15:22).
Forget the Previous Goals – do not carry the unattainable goals, mistakes, failures into the New Year. Start afresh, Set new goals and lean on to what lies ahead of you in the New Year. Think about the greater goal, which is heavenly. It controls the goals set here on earth. (Philippians 3:13-14).
Write Them Down – forget about how smart or intelligent you think you are and write your new goals down. Scribble them somewhere you can go back to everyday and run with them. (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
Achieving the New Goals
Prayer – you cannot achieve anything without God on your side. So, pray to God about your new goals, get confirmation before you run with them all through the year. Prayer gets you assurance of your goals from God. (1 Chronicles 4:10)
Preparation – do not wait until it is time, get ready ahead of time. After you have set your goals, get all the necessary materials, information and people that you will need to execute them. In other words, “make hay while the sun shines”. (Proverbs 24:27; Luke 14:28).
Trust – the reason some people fail is because they lack trust in themselves and God. In fact, this set of people have misplaced trust as they will rather put their trust in men who are as vulnerable as they are and have only being favored by the supreme being. (Psalm 118:8; Proverbs 3:5-6; 16:9; Jeremiah 17:7).
Hard work – you have to be willing to put in extra effort to achieve your goal. It is yours so do not expect anybody to do the heavy weight lifting for you. Work hard, give your goal your best shot. (2 Chronicles 15:7; Psalm 20:4).
Confidence – means having faith in yourself. Believe in your dreams, goals, vision and purpose. Encourage yourself and trust you can do it. Trust your ability and capability. Also, rely on God. (Isaiah 32:8; Hebrews 10:35-38).
Consistency – be consistent and persistent. You can take a pause once in a while but maintain your rhythm. Strive to get better. Be steadfast and firm in whatever your goals are, your purpose and vision. (Proverbs 21:5).
It takes you, yourself and yours to achieve this goal. And it takes sacrifice, compromise and determination.With all these written, I wish you the very best in 2018 and I pray God sets your foot on the right path. If there are any principles not mentioned above, kindly drop them in the comment box or if you have questions.
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