Happy Wednesday! 2018 is literally so close that I could taste it. If you haven’t started to set goals and make a plan to accomplish them in 2018 then this post is for you!
Earlier today I checked my final grades for this semester and I’m pretty disappointed. I passed all of my classes (thank God!), but my GPA is not at all where I’m used to it being. After seeing my grades, I couldn’t help but think about other disappointing things or situations that happened this year. Thankfully, God is near to those brokenhearted and crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).
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As I was wallowing in my sadness, God told me to snap out of it and write the vision. So I immediately wrote down my vision and goals for 2018 and 2019. I didn’t stop to take time to think about whether or not they were feasible or realistic. I just let everything that I wanted to do in the next two years flow onto the paper.
I started both of my lists with “In 20__ I will…”. Words hold weight which is why I decided to use the word will. I will accomplish my goals in 2018. There is no doubt or uncertainty in the word will. We have to make the choice to no longer live in maybe or hopefully. We claim to be more than conquerors and able to do all things through Christ, but we live life afraid to step out of our comfort zones. Well, at least I do…but we’re changing that starting today!
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The first thing you need to do if you want to achieve your goals in 2018 is write them down. Habakkuk 2:2 tells us to write the vision and make it plain. I’m sure you’ve heard this a thousand times, but I promise you it’s necessary. Writing down your goals forces you to be specific about what you want to achieve and it will also challenge you in the long run if you compare your progress to what you’ve written down.
I highly recommend that once you’ve written all of you goals out onto a piece a paper, that you then go back over them and make them into SMART goals. SMART goals are:
- Specific – if your goal is too broad, you might get discouraged easier. Write clear, defined, PLAIN goals.
- Measurable – you need to be able to track your progress
- Achievable – be realistic, but don’t sell yourself short!
- Relevant – your goal should be consistent with other long term goals
- Time Bound – your goal needs to have an end date
For example, one of my goals for 2018 is to end my spring semester of my junior year with a 3.5 GPA. Let’s check to see if it’s a SMART goal:
- Specific – I could’ve said I want to get good grades in SS18, but I was specific about the GPA that I wanted
- Measurable – gpa scale
- Achievable – I have received a 3.5 or higher three semesters so I know that it’s possible for me
- Relevant – one of my long term goals is to graduate with honor so I clearly need good grades to do so
- Time Bound – semesters have an end date
The last thing you should do after creating your SMART goals is share them with somebody that will hold you accountable. You are much more likely to do something if you have someone encouraging you and pushing you to get what you want. Be realistic when choosing your accountability partner. Don’t pick somebody who you know isn’t really going to push you! If anything, pick the friend that’s always reminding you the latest party because you KNOW she’s persistent (lol).
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I hope that part one of this five part series was helpful for you. Come back tomorrow to find out the second step to making sure you achieve your goals in 2018!
NOTE: In yesterday’s post I announced that I’ll be doing the 30/30 challenge and I would love for all of you to join me! You can head over to that post to figure out how. Today I read Habakkuk and Malachi during my 30 minutes.
What is one of your goals for 2018?
Have you started the 30/30 challenge?