I don’t know about you ladies, but 2017 was a rough year for me. There were so many changes in my life, so much stress, and so many tears and heartache; it was just not a great year. But amidst all the negativity that made the year overall terrible; there were friends made and strengthened, moments of smiling and laughing, and even some goals smashed.
Sometime last year I wrote an article with the focus on David and Goliath, and how this story can inspire us to reach beyond our goals; and you can read that article HERE. But sometimes, actually setting a goal seems impossible.
And I know, there will be many, many articles published on many, many blogs throughout January, where everyone is so focused on setting goals, encouraging others to set goals, sharing their goals with you and so forth, and it can be extremely overwhelming. It’s easy to feel like the goals you choose aren’t high enough compared to others or even that setting a goal is cliché and that by setting one, you’re just following the crowd.
But let me encourage you today! I’m not going to tell you how to set a goal, which goals to set, or even recommend goals that I think would benefit you; today, I simply want to encourage you to breathe and reflect on this upcoming year.
1. Setting a goal is about you, not anyone else.
It’s easy to want to quickly choose something you’d like to accomplish, share it on social media, reply to all the comments that your friends will make and then, completely forgetting about it come February.
There is nothing wrong with this! Whatever you post may really be something that you’d like to accomplish, but is it something that is important enough to write down, find scriptures for, and to believe God for over the course of this year? If you decide to set a goal for 2018, think about what you want or what you want God to do in your life. And take some time to decide on it, it doesn’t have to be decided ON JANUARY 1st!
2. Don’t let fear keep you from setting a goal.
If you’re not the type that likes to set goals, then that is perfectly fine, I’m not going to try to convince you to set one anyways. But if you’d like to set a goal, and you have that little voice saying “you’ll never meet it, just like the past five years of goal setting, you won’t even come close”, then I am here to tell you that YOU CAN DO IT!
It’s okay if a goal hasn’t been met in the past, just make a similar one and lower it down to where you are in life, there is no shame in setting a realistic goal! Don’t let fear stop you from setting a finish line and sprinting for it!
Your goals can change as the year progresses, don’t think that you have to choose one goal and stick with it without tweaking it a bit as you go. If April comes along and something happens (like you suddenly have to move and all of your attention for the next three months is on that), then take a deep breath and re-evaluate your goals.
Goals are not meant to stress you out!
They are meant to point you in a general direction to help you accomplish your heart’s desire! Goals aren’t meant to be easy, so definitely choose one that will give yourself a challenge. But they’re not meant to make you miserable either; so if you start feeling stressed, consider lowering your goal. Or if your goal is realistic where it is, consider taking out other distractions that will help lower your stress levels.
Like I said earlier, deciding on a New Years Resolution or setting a yearly goal doesn’t have to be done in January, but it is helpful because it’s a new year, for new records and a clean slate. So take some time to pray about what your new years goals can be, we have a whole year ahead of us, let’s make it the best it can be!
I hope this message was encouraging to you and that it was a bit different than other “New Years Resolution” posts you’ve read.
Have you decided on New Year’s goals? Would you be interested in sharing some of those goals with other Pursue readers or sharing verses that you’ve used to decide on those goals? We’d love to read your thoughts in the comments!
Rayleigh Gray – Column: Tap into Your Potential