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What Are You Shooting For In 2014?

2014TargetA new year is only six days away. What are you shooting for in 2014?

One of my favorite challenges in scripture comes from Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:26 (NASB): “I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” In other words, “I live with purpose.” So, in your personal life, family life, business, church, whatever, run with aim; shoot for something! One thing is certain—if you don’t shoot for something, you hit will hit nothing.

Here are a few suggestions that may help you hit the target in 2014:

#1  Have no more than three or four personal goals for the year. Choose things that are doable and will really make a difference.

#2  Choose one goal that is primary—an “if-I-only-get one-thing-done” goal, this is it. Make sure you reach this goal!

#3  Don’t let past failures keep you from trying again.

“Living in the past is an enemy of the future.”  (Erwin McManus)

Forget “what lies behind and [reach] forward to what lies ahead….”  (Philippians 3:13 NASB)

#4  Plan in detail for January through March. It is important to get off to a good start. In late March, plan for April through June, and so on. The greatest motivation for continuing will be progress.

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”  (Coach Tom Landry)

It won’t just happen. You need a plan.

#5  Make sure you have an accountability mechanism. Post your plan on the refrigerator or give it to a friend who won’t say “don’t worry about it” if you begin to slip.

Leadership author John Maxwell challenges us with: “You don’t have to be great to start; but you have to start to be great.” 2014 is as good a time as any to start. Why wait?

Best wishes for a great 2014. I’m pulling for you to hit the mark—dead center!

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© Copyright 2014 by Dick Wells, The Hard Lessons Company

2 responses to “What Are You Shooting For In 2014?”

  1. Always good! says:

    And always inspiring

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