I have said it many times before, and I will say it again; “I don’t believe in co-incidence”. Earlier this week I have done a post on my personal blog about goal setting and planning. After that I’ve had quite a hectic schedule for the rest of this week and didn’t get the time to properly prepare for this post at Victory Lifestyle yet, besides knowing that I would be writing about nugget #14.
A Goal Is a Dream with a Deadline
Having a full schedule and dealing with some unexpected situations, I frequently fell behind schedule. Needless to say, I often had to deal with frustration. Doing the post on goal setting and planning actually helped a lot to keep me focused on my goals, in spite of everything.
This morning as I was about to do some final reading before getting ready to write this post, we had a power failure. Can you imagine the frustration?
Frustrated, I grabbed John Mason’s Book “An Enemy Called Average” and started reading nugget #14. By this time I was stressed out, as I didn’t have an opportunity earlier to go over this week’s nugget and I felt as though I was not properly prepared for this week’s nugget.
Well, guess what. As I opened the book to nugget # 14, there it was, today’s nugget is “a goal is a dream with a deadline”.
Not only is this in line with what I am passionate about, I was as prepared as could be, having done a post on the same topic earlier this week. Today I can expand on the same topic.
To take it one step further, coming to the end of this week, I feel nothing short of utter amazement. As I was working through this nugget, I couldn’t help thinking about my quiet time this morning, doing Bible study. In these hours I’m also working through a book called “The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You” by John Ortberg. This morning’s reading was about dealing with any difficulties or issues in life. Living in the flow of the Spirit and dealing with situations is about more than avoiding these situations. Situations will come across our path in areas where we need to grow. If I need patience, there will be some difficult people in my life to help me develop it. If – as in my case – I have a hard time dealing with frustrations, I will meet with situations to help me learn how to deal with it. Yet, we are never alone on this journey.
As mentioned already, I don’t believe in co-incidence. This whole week I had to face one frustration after the other, and here I’m getting to the end of this week, and it ends in victory.
No matter how frustrated you get or how many times you fail, stay focused on your goals. There is a saying; “it doesn’t matter how many times you fall down, what matters is how many times you get up”.
Habakkuk 2:2 says “….Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it”. Your vision should be written down. As long as you keep your vision in your mind, it is not really a goal; it actually remains more of a dream. It has been proven that when you commit something to writing, commitment to achievement naturally follows. A point of interest that I would like to add to this though, is that you need to write it down and keep it in sight where you can frequently see and respond to it. There is no sense in writing it down and filing it away where you never see it (out of sight, out of mind). But by committing it to writing and then frequently referring to it, definitely brings a sense of commitment.
The next point of importance is to stay focused and keep your eye on the goal. In referring to the same Bible verse in Habakkuk 2:2, the key word is “run”. Whenever you are running towards something, you are much more focused. You look straight ahead of you, with your eyes fixed on your destination. When you are casually strolling towards something, it is way easier to start looking around, get distracted, change direction and totally lose focus.
Proverbs 24:3-4 says “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts”.
In other words, effective goal setting and planning provides you with an opportunity to bring the future to the present and deal with it today. Achievement becomes much easier when your outer goals become inner commitment.
Prepare Yourself through Goal Setting and Planning
You cannot set out on a journey, unless you are properly prepared. You need to determine where you are now, where you want to go, how you want to get there and why.
Once you have the answers to these questions, you can actively start pursuing your goals and stay focused.
It takes just as much energy for a dull life with no direction, just surviving from one day to the next, as it does for a good life. Many people float through life with no real meaning, just because they never decided to write down their vision and follow through on it. If you can’t see the mark, if you don’t know your destination, you’ll never arrive there.
Many people has become so negative in today’s society, they would say “I don’t even dream anymore…..I don’t know what my vision is”. Believe me, allow yourself some time alone and start dreaming again. It’s a God-given gift. We all have the ability to dream. So allow yourself to dream again. Then write it down, start planning, get focused, set deadlines and achieve your goals. Remember, a goal is a dream with a deadline.
What do you do to overcome distractions? Do you find it difficult to achieve your goals? Let me know, I would love to hear from you.