Goal setting is essential to being intentional, but sometimes we get hung up on how to actually accomplish those goals.
Goals provide direction and purpose for your days.
Goals give you something to work toward.
When your days are overrun with mundane tasks that don’t seem to make a difference, goals help motivate you.
Goals take your big ideas and break them into bite-sized pieces you can manage.
Goals make sure you are working on the best things and not just the good things.
Goals ensure you live for Him!
But goals mean nothing if we do nothing about them.
Over the years, I’ve learned some lessons when it comes to setting goals.
To be honest, goal setting is easy. It’s a lot harder to follow through on them.
So, today I want to share with you some goal-setting tips that will help you actually follow through on those plans you have for your new year.
4 Goal-Setting Tips to Actually Achieve Your Goals
Regular evaluation is essential.
Putting regular times of evaluation on the calendar is essential to following through on your goals.
I have found monthly planning to be the best times to check in on my goals and see how I’m doing. If you’ve downloaded my free monthly intentional living checklists, then you’ll be reminded each month to do this.
Accountability is necessary.
How will you hold yourself accountable to achieving your goals this year?
Can you get a friend to pray for you and ask you how you’re doing?
Can you join someone else in pursuing a goal? Perhaps join a Bible study that meets weekly to help you be consistent in your quiet times.
Can you meet with a younger woman and mentor her? I’ve found that mentor relationships always bring higher levels of accountability for me.
There are countless ways you can hold yourself accountable and allow your brothers and sisters in Christ to walk with you in this journey – encouraging you and holding you accountable to the plans God has given you to walk in.
So, before you get too far into your new year. Put some accountability in place for your goals.
Everything has to go on the calendar.
Too often I simply add action items to my to-do list without ever setting a time and date for getting it done.
I don’t know about you but I’m the master at procrastinating. Those tasks I don’t prefer to do tend to get rolled over, and over, and over, until finally they just drop off the to-do list entirely.
However, I’ve found that putting specific things on the calendar means it’s more likely to actually happen.
Focus on doing the best things and not just the good things.
Some days I do a lot of really good things, but fail to do the best thing altogether that would help me move my goals forward!
Recently I started asking myself what is the most impactful thing I can do next.
Keeping my goals in mind, this has really been helpful in setting my mind on the “do the best thing” track.
What about you? What goal-setting lessons have you learned when it comes to setting goals for the year and actually following through on them?
Pssst! Did you know that I have a library of resources that will help you set goals and make a plan? The Made to Give Life Planner is a perfect “get started” living intentionally resource consisting of:
- Goal Setting Guide
- Seasonal Check-Ins
- Guided Reflections
- Intentional Living Checklists
- Weekly Planning Spread
- Seasonal Meal Plan
- and more!
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