A goal should be measurable and something you have control over. For example, “Write a best selling book” may be a a desirable objective, but a more effective and attainable goal would be to “Write a 120 page nonfiction book on my experiences in aviation ready for submission to a book agent not later than July 1, 2019.” “Lose weight in 2019” is a great goal, but might be more effectively stated as “Lose 30 pounds by Thanksgiving of 2019 through a combination of healthy eating and exercise”. To put “feet” to your goals, you will want to list specific, measurable tasks (or enabling objectives) with associated time periods or deadlines for your goal. For example, “Write 500 words in MS Word twice a week to equal one chapter weekly, until July 1”, or “Consume (and log) no more than 1,500 calories daily (M-F) and exercise (and log) 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time. Weigh weekly to ensure a 1 lb. loss of weight and, if not, make an appropriate modification to diet and exercise.” “Spend 20 minutes daily in reading related motivational/educational literature and in prayer regarding my goal.” There may well be several additional tasks (or enabling objectives) for your goal, such as “Purchase and download speech to text software on my laptop computer by the end of next week,” or “Schedule a medical physical to be completed by month’s end to ensure the safety of dieting and execise and to rule out medically related weight gain issues.” I strongly encourage you to engage a similarly motivated accountability partner (spouse, co-worker or friend) to encourage you to keep on track and to give some objectivity and support for your goal attainment. Check in with your accountability partner on a weekly basis. “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17). Set a goal. Make a plan. There is a saying that “if you don’t know where you’re headed, almost any path will get you there.” Goals can be of any type: spiritual, relational, financial, educational… Just remember to make your goals and tasks measurable (time, quantity, duration, length, etc.), and set tasks that you have control over. Write it down and make yourself accountable. Take ownership. Pray about it. Do it! “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3). “May He grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!” (Psalm 20:4). “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23). “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24).
Praying for your success and fulfillment in 2019!