“I want to lose weight. I’m going to start a business. I want to travel more.” All of these are great goals, but what is the difference between saying them and making them a reality? ACTION. Even the Bible says, “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets. That he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:2, NIV). Writing is an action. Once you write your goals there is a motivation that comes that causes you to take off and to pursue them.
List your goals and the steps it will take to accomplish them. You must be intentional and have a plan. The subconscious is the part of the mind that responds to pictures, stories, metaphors, symbols, and music. It cannot understand a vague goal such as, “I want to lose weight.” What it does understand is, I want to lose 30 pounds by March 31, 2015. Now the subconscious has a visual by you adding a number and a date. Next, you want to combine with specific action steps, such as:
- Go to gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and start with cardio and end with cardio.
- Eliminate fried foods and eat baked, broiled, and grilled foods only
Now your mind has some specific tasks it can implement. Goals must be attainable. You wouldn’t say, I want to lose 20 pounds in a week. Make sure you set yourself up for success and not failure. Place the goals somewhere you can view them often so you can be reminded. Your special place could be on the refrigerator door, as wallpaper on your phone or at your desk.
I think the reason goals do not manifest is because there is no accountability. If you are just depending on yourself that may not be wise. Ask someone that is dependable to help you to be accountable. You all can decide if you need a checkup weekly, monthly or bi-monthly. This person will help you to figure what the obstacles are and help you regroup. They should also celebrate your accomplishments. It is great to have short-term goals (1 to 5 years) and long-term (5-10 years) so that you do not get discouraged. Having goals are necessary for our success. People that flourish have goals and they are realistic.
Think about your employer. They have quarterly and yearly goals and that is how they measure your success and their success. Make sure that you evaluate. If there is something that is not working obtain another plan. Maybe Friday is not realistic and Saturday will work better. Do not be discouraged! Persevere until every goal is met. It will be so worth it in the end and then you can help someone else.
Sonya Waddell is a Licensed Professional Counselor right outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of “Single Ladies: Living Holy in a Sexy World” which can be purchased on Amazon.