I once read about a little boy who had gone into a toy store with his parents. No sooner had they entered the toy store than the little boy spotted a rocking chair. He became fascinated by it. He climbed unto this rocking chair and began to rock laboriously.
Seeing how he enjoyed the ride, his parents left him to rock some more. Soon, the boy was lost in his rocking world. He rocked for a long time until his body became drenched with sweat. He was dissipating so much energy yet he hasn’t changed his position.
Similarly, in our lives, panic, fear and worry are like rocking chairs. They give us something to do but get us nowhere. From the fear of failure of the last year, regrets of missed opportunities and worry about what might happen in this new year, the new year presents a new opportunity to do something differently. It’s a clean board in front of you to chart the course of your life and hopefully move you from one point to another.
How many times in a new year have we pledged to do things — read more, exercise more, write more, watch less TV and so on — all to realize at the end of the year, that we were no further from the place we started? How many times do we make resolutions in January that don’t get to see the light of April? According to Statistic Bain, only about 41% of Americans make new year’s resolutions. Out of that number, only 9.2% of them actually succeed in achieving their resolutions. Why is that?
One key to making lasting change in any area of life starts with an ability to regularly and frankly assess your actions and habits. The ability to truthfully look within to locate the habits that sabotage your progress.
In this article, I hope to share how to use the SMART goals to make tremendous progress while you”rock” in life.
But first, you want to discover your vision. What is the vision for your life, what is the roadmap for your Life?
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” — Proverbs 29:18
It was Myles Munroe that said the greatest gift God gave a man is not the gift of sight but the gift of vision. Lasting changes start with the ability to see beyond your physical senses. Myles Munroe goes on to say that “vision is a mental image of your future that is inspired by God in the heart of a human” It guides the dos and don’ts of your life.
1. Locate Your Vision
How do you know your purpose and your vision?
The life of a thing is nourished and sustained from its source
The way to be in tune with your vision and our purpose in life is to be in tune with your source. Developing a close relationship with your source (God) helps you know His voice and hear when He speaks.
John 10;27 says, “My sheep hear My voice; and I know them, and they follow me”. God speaks to us through the thoughts and ideas He gives us. This vision or the mental picture of your future fuels passion in whatever you do.
It also fuels persistence in you because you realize that your current stage is the stepping stone to the next level. You’ll persist because you understand there’s a greater purpose to your efforts. Your vision gives you a sense of urgency as well.
Some questions to consider
Where do you see yourself going? what future do you envisage?
What are the dreams, thoughts, and ideas God has put in your mind?
What steps did you take last year toward your ideas?
Why did you not take the necessary steps?
What definite steps do you need to take this year?
Why not start now?
2. Identify the Sabotaging Habits/patterns
According to Newton’s law, a body will continue in its state until it is acted upon by an unbalanced force. Meaning that things will continue to happen in a certain way except we do something differently.
How has your life been the past year? How has your spiritual life, your business, your career, your mental life, your family life been?
What areas do you need to work on? If you look closely, you may identify a pattern that reveals your habits. What are the keystone habits you may have to change that’ll affect other areas of your life?
Note down the things that are necessary to make that progress and have a plan on how to achieve them.
3. Take Action
“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty”. — Proverbs 21:5
After you’ve got a grip on a direction for your life, your business, your marriage, whatever it may be. You want to plan your time and your energy so that you’re able to achieve your set goals given the resources you have based on your life situation. In business, there’s an acronym called the SMART Goal.
A SMART goal is a quantifiable goal we set, using measures to account for progress.
S- Specific, M – Measurable, A – Achievable, R – Realistic, T – Timebound
Below is an example of my smart goal for wanting to write more and better.
My SMART goal:
Year’s Goal= X no of posts
|what you want to accomplish
|I want to improve my writing skills, to write 12 no of blogs in 2018
|What are the monthly, weekly, and daily steps you’d take to ensure progress
|Monthly Goal= 1
Monthly: 1 post
Daily= to spend 30- 45 mins writing
|What time, energy, skills, and resources would you require to achieve this?
|What courses, what books to read, and what amount of time
|To complete the SEO course in January, to read 1 book each month
|Given your other involvements and financial standing can you pull this through?
|Free online courses, wake up earlier by 1 hr and write, Go to bed earlier. Get lots of walks and fresh air.
|Because of my family size, by the time I get the kids to bed, I’m drained for the day.
|what is your deadline?
One of my goals is to become a very good writer and to post 12 blog articles this year. This is tied to my vision of wanting to shape perceptions and influence my culture with the God culture. So with 4 kids, a job and a plethora of other responsibilities, I plan my time to wake up very early about 4:30 am.
After my morning devotions, I write for about 30 – 45 mins before preparing the kids for school. Because of this schedule, by 9:30 pm, I would have used up my energy to do any mental work. This is just one example of how our vision guides our monthly, weekly and eventually daily activities.
A true understanding of your vision ignites a passion for what you do. Vision helps you persevere to take the necessary steps in order to achieve your goals. Smart goals help you account for your time.
I encourage you to make the necessary changes you need today. Follow the steps above and come up with your own smart goals today. And don’t forget to leave your suggestions and comments as well. we’ll very much love to read them.
Happy new year!