An online forum group, of which I am a member, posted a Question of the Day:
List Three To Five Goals You Have For the Future
Here is the list that I quickly typed:
1. To be debt free
2. To have a closer walk with the Lord for my family and myself
3. To become a wife that encourages my husband
4. To get my house and life organized
5. To learn to quilt
6. To write a book
Okay…I know there are six…but sometimes it’s hard to stop with five.
After I typed out the list, I never did get around to posting it. I think one reason I didn’t was that it made me uncomfortable to put my goals down in print. As long as they are just floating around in my head, then I am safe…but to put them in print…well, that’s a whole different ball game. That changes them from just hopes or dreams, to real, live goals…and goals require action.
Hmm…when did I become a person who shrinks from goals? At one time, I was very goal-oriented. I knew how to set goals and how to attain them. I knew that once a goal was set, I must create an action plan…broken down into small, manageable tasks…lists and sub-lists…you get the idea. I am an organizer at heart. I never set goals just for the sake of setting a goal…if I had a goal, I would work and work until the goal was met. Maybe that is why I’m reluctant to set goals now…because I have been afraid that I don’t have the time/energy/motivation to get it done.
Anyway, I have publicly posted my goals, so now the next step is to come up with a plan on how I will get to where I want to be…a roadmap, if you will, of how to get there from here. Then I will set about making life choices that line up with my plan, in order to meet my goals. I cannot keep doing what I’m doing now and expect change to occur.
It’s as easy as that. Okay…so maybe it won’t be easy…in fact, I can just about guarantee that it won’t be easy…but I do believe it can be done.
What choices are you making today to work toward your goals? Remember, a goal without a plan is just a dream...and dreams end when you wake up.