A 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
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