9 Key Strategies to Accomplish Your Goals in 2015
Brighten Your Year By Having a Plan
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”Paul J. Meyer
We would all love to start our day sitting by the ocean most likely,… if you are like me anyway. It would be so nice to have a glass of iced tea in one hand and my laptop in the other. But do you know this may not get the job done. Believe me, I’ve tried it.
Do you find the hardest part of any assignment is just getting started? How far are you from your dream? Are you tired of spinning your wheels and getting nowhere? I am. Do you have an assignment in your heart but you’ve never been able to get it off the ground?
Well, nothing happens by happenstance. Do you want to hit the mark this year? Have a plan. If you really want to move ahead, I have a few tips that just might help. They come from practical experience and many attempts that have resulted in unfulfilled dreams. Lets start with this premise. We should tackle each assignment that is on our plate as though we are working for the Lord and put our whole heart into it.
23 Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, 24 since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. Col 3: 23-24
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Prv 3:6
Set aside some time to meet with the Lord. Believe it or not, God wants you to ask Him first. Yes, even when the work you are doing is good work, the Lord may want you to lay it down so that you can pick up your new assignment. Don’t assume that you should just keep doing what you are doing. Ask. He will show you. How do I know? Well, because He promises in His Word to lead and guide us. We make it difficult to hear His direction, when we refuse to sit down and listen. Therefore, your first assignment: pray.
Find your Motivation
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
– Matthew 25:29
Remember, you will only be given more, when you accomplish what you have already been given to accomplish. Often I meet individuals who want to do great things for the Lord, but refuse to do the small assignments they have already been given. My advice: do the small things you’ve already been given to do. Find your motivation in Him.
Make a List of God-goals
Goal-setting can actually be immensely powerful, but it can also be immensely self-defeating. My advice to you is to keep your list short and concise. Only list those things you feel the Lord has really placed on your heart to do this year. Throw out your old list of tasks that have never been finished and list only those that you feel the Lord is really asking of you. Again , keep it brief but comprehensive. Refuse to hold yourself in judgment for those things you did not do, but rather, start with a clean, blank page and with an attitude of great expectation. This is a real challenge because when you do it this way, you must also commit to do what He tells you to do. The Holy Spirit will prompt your heart.
We cannot be everything or do everything and that’s okay. Let yourself off the hook.You may want to keep the list at eight to ten specific goals or even less.
Define the Steps to Achieve that Goal
And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. Hab 2:2
Next, write down a strategy for each goal, or steps that it will take to get the job done. In other words, have a plan. You will not do it, if you do not plan to do it. If your goal is writing, write every day for several hours. Think about what it will take to accomplish each goal and write out a plan to work towards that goal. If it’s losing weight, plan to join a group, set your calorie intake in writing and seek out an accountability partner. (My plan this year) If it is growing in the Lord, plan an hour of daily Bible reading or join a great Bible study. Define the steps and write them down.
Fill in the Details
“It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
—- John Wooden
You’ve heard “the devil is in the details” Well that can be true. We can get lost in the details and never reach the end, or we can ignore the details and never reach to the end. There is a healthy balance. Therefore, after each goal assign a realistic time limit. Begin to fill in the details: times, places, resources needed. Begin to develop the specifics needed to accomplish your goal. For instance, if it is growing in the Lord and you’ve planned an hour of Bible reading, write down the time and place where you will read, commit to it and then as Nike says, JUST DO IT. These details, as you fill them in and act on them, will help you stay on track. You will be ready to work.
Delightful Distractions, not the less, distrations
I don’t know about you, but I tend to lose focus and go off on rabbit trails. Best thing I can say to you is to lock yourself away: no phone, no tv, no “Words with Friends” lol, (my constant distraction) no Facebook. Take the bing off your computer sound for incoming messages.
Remove every distraction. Here is one of my distractions. Her name is Sophie. She is a very needy, little yorkie who loves to set on my lap. She often nudges my computer over just enough to make a space for her to lay. Problem is, she also wants me to pet her non-stop.You may have one of these little distractions too. “Sophie, not now, I’m working,” Stay focused and cut out those known distractions in advance.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Prv 16:3
First, commit your work to the Lord, then commit to yourself, that you will accomplish the assignment. Let your “yes be yes” and your “no be no.” How many times have you said, I’m going to…. and not? Confession time. I have,…. too many times to count. The Bible says let your yes be yes and your no be no, in other words, keep your word, even if it is your word to yourself. Vows are important to the Lord, even those made in secret, so establish in your heart that you will do it.
Find An Accountability Partner
Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another. Prv 27:17
Tell your friend or partner what particular your goal is. Tell someone. Tell anyone. Talking about it helps to get you motivated and keep you motivated. Let the world know, then realize that you have made a commitment that must be kept. Your partner can gently nudge you, can encourage you, and inspire you. Do not pick someone who will hound you. Big difference. Once you find that person, keep them informed. Just finished my second chapter on the book I’ve been working on for several years now. Hallelujah and thanks to my inspiration, Tracey Mitchell, along with Kathleen Hardaway and Wendie Pett.
Declutter Your Space
Perhaps you are sitting in bedroom looking at the pile of unfolded laundry on the bed, or at the kitchen table thinking about the dishes that need to be put away. Instead, find a quiet space that is decluttered and make it your place to work. You can affirm in your mind that those jobs will get done, however, not during your scheduled work hours. Laptops are great in that they allow us to be mobile, however, that can also be a problem. We can work in any room of our house. Pick a place free from activity. I find that working in the same space every day helps my brain say, “It’s time to work.” Also, it is a proven fact that you are most creative and productive when you have the most energy. For most of us, that would be in the morning. Set up a work space that is free from distractions, free from stuff to do, and totally declutter your new workspace.
Start and Finish 2015 Well
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. I Tm 2:15
Nothing will brighten your year like getting things done. The word for 2015: productivity. Do not let one more year go by without doing what you need to do. Promise yourself that this will be the most productive year you’ve had to date. Follow sound strategies that work to help you work to your full capacity. Remember, you are working as unto the Lord. Start in prayer, find your motivation, make a God-goal list, define the necessary steps, fill in the details, stay focused and committed, find an accountability partner and declutter. Now get busy. 2015 is going to be great!