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10 Steps to Reach Your Goal in 2018

10 Steps to Reach Your Goal in 2018

Rev. Jaron S. Green


Reaching a goal takes a tremendous amount of time and effort.  You deserve to be and to do what you have envisioned for yourself.  But, it’s all too easy to give up on what you truly want to accomplish.  Let me encourage you not to forfeit your inheritance.  Your ancestors have worked too hard for you to quit.  Work on your dreams everyday because no one else will work on it for you.  In order to make that happen, it requires an energy that can be tapped to accomplish your life goals.  As driven as you might be, passion alone will not sustain you throughout the journey to your personal goals.  Passion is an important element in the fuel formula that drives the engine of your success.  Another key element is your ability to prioritize.  You have to focus your eyes, your faith, your heart, and your feet FORWARD!  Passion and priorities yield productivity.  YOUR FUTURE is looking BRIGHT!  To get where you believe God wants you to go and be what you know God wants you to be, there are several steps you need to take that will get you focused.

STEP #1 – DETERMINE YOUR PRESENT POSITION

 

You’ve got to know where you are before you can know where you are going. To do that, ask yourself two questions:  1. Where am I now?  Honestly, assess where you are spiritually, financially, emotionally, relationally, physically, and occupationally?  You may value your privacy–not willing to share all your business with the public.  However, hiding from yourself will not help you move forward.  Open your mail.  Read it.  Then ask yourself,  2. What would I like to change?  In all of those areas you identified, what would you like to be different?  This determination will pave the way to greater persistence to reach your goals.

 

STEP #2 – BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT


You will never reach a vague goal.  Long gone are the days of praying, “Any way you bless me, I’ll be satisfied.”  In order to get to where you want to be, you need to describe exactly what you want.  The more general it is, the less power it has.  But the more specific it is, the more power it has in your life.  Answer specifically – What do you want to be?  What do you want to do?  What do you want to have?  Why do you want it?  You can’t just know the what.   You need to know the why – that’s your motivation.  You don’t need to focus on the how for now because, once you figure out the why, God will show you how.  He will help you solve the problems that stand in the way of your goal.

 

STEP #3 – LOOK FOR GOD’S PROMISE

 

Godly goal-setting starts with a promise of God.  When you set a goal, don’t focus on the problems, focus on the promises.  Find a promise in God’s Word that will take you to your goal.  The size of your God determines the size of your goal.  Don’t look at your limitations; look at the promises of God.  Always look for the peace of God.  There you will see that He’s there to help you and to order your steps toward your achieving your goal.

 

STEP #4 — ASK GOD TO HELP YOU

 

If you aren’t praying for success, what are you praying for?  Failure?  Once you have found your promise in God’s Word, pray and ask God for success.  Your prayers reveal how serious you are about your goals.  If you don’t pray about them, perhaps you really don’t care about them.  Godly goals require Godly help.  The more you depend on God, the more you’ll pray on your journey to achieving your goals.  So determine your present position, decide what you want, find a promise from God to hold onto, claim it, and then ask God for help.

 

STEP #5 — IDENTIFY THE BARRIERS

 

Don’t get blindsided by obstacles.  Always be a step ahead.  Whatever your barrier is, you need to identify it so you can move forward.  It may be a financial problem, relational problem, or an educational problem holding you back. For some people, it’s an emotional barrier.  Many people sabotage their own success because they think they aren’t worthy of it.  Ask yourself, “Why haven’t I reached my goal already?” What are the barriers, obstacles, and roadblocks in your way?

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”

Psalm 20:4

 

STEP #6 — CREATE A STEP-BY-STEP PLAN

 

My absolute favorite goal-tracking tool is keeping a personal journal.  When it comes to organizing my thoughts and plans, I write everything down.  For my largest goals, I have an Excel spreadsheet.  As you make plans to overcome your barriers and achieve your goals, I want you to ask yourself three questions.  1. How do you intend to get there once I know what my goal is?  2. How long will it take?  3. How will you know when you’ve arrived?  Asking these questions will determine your schedule, your deadlines, and your timeline.  This will help you think through a course of action.  It may seem like a lot of work – and you’re right, it will take time.  That’s why 95 percent of Americans have no written goals.  You can either drift through life or you can be directed through life by taking the time to think through where God wants you to be.  Reaching your goal is worth the effort.

 

STEP # 7 — BE PATIENT AND PERSISTENT

 

If you are going to really reach your goals in life, sometimes you have to delay gratification.  Less time on social media or Netflix could do you some good.  Sometimes, you have to do the tough thing instead of the fun thing, the right thing instead of the pleasurable thing.  Remember, nothing great is ever accomplished without sacrifice.  Patience and persistence will translate your dreams into work, and then into reality.  The people who succeed in life are the people who are willing to do what they don’t feel like doing in order to get what they want, and others don’t have.

 

STEP # 8 — ENLIST A TEAM FOR SUPPORT

 

Success is never a one-man job; it takes teamwork.  Spend time with people who are smarter than you.  Don’t try to impress them.  You can’t.  If they are spending their time with you, they are already impressed with what God has placed in you.  They can see it.  Just listen, take note, and heed wise counsel as it comes.  God wired us to walk in partnership.  There are some things in your life that you will never be able to change without the support, prayers, and encouragement of other people.  So, don’t be afraid to ask for help as you strive for your goals.

 

STEP # 9 — YOU MUST PAY THE PRICE

 

Success comes with a price tag.  The only thing free in this world is salvation from God through Jesus Christ – and that one’s free because Jesus paid the price on the cross.  Great goals require great sacrifice.  When you are serious about getting a focused life you need to ask three questions.  1. What will it cost?  2. What am I willing to give? 3. Is it worth it?

 

STEP #10 — ENJOY YOURSELF

 

Own your process.  Trust your process.  And, enjoy yourself.  Everyone’s journey toward their goals is a personal one.  Don’t waste time comparing your journey to another’s, but rather enjoy yourself as each day you get closer and closer to reaching your goal.  

 

Final Word: As a minister, one of my greatest desires is to see each and every person experience victory in your life.  I want you to GROW and MATURE in your faith.  I want you to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  I want you experiencing more and more of the Spirit’s work in your life every day.  I want you to have your prayers answered; to learn and obey God’s Word; to worship deeply and authentically; to have the joy of serving God in ministry; to learn to witness and do it; to fellowship in a community of believers.  I want you to have the joy of the Lord in your heart, the light of the Lord in your eyes, and the song of the Lord on your lips.

I want you to win the prize and be champions in your Christian life!  It’s time to take our Goals, and Our Plans, Get to Work and REACH OUR GOALS together.

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