When I set aside time at the end of the year to review goals, I think a lot about where I am in the present moment and where I was in January.
Usually, we reflect on how much has happened throughout the past year. What I do have to say is that I am grateful for all of it.
Because each situation taught me to:
1.Wait on God
This is hard! We want things immediately. I have learned to wait patiently because I know God is preparing me for something great. God is never later nor early. He is always right on time. It’s His time, not mine. Are you willing to wait?
2.Don’t give up
Many times, we start a project or a course or begin developing an idea only to give up when we encounter our first obstacle. In his book Think and Grow Rich, author Napoleon Hill shares the story of a young minder who, after many months of trying to find gold, quit. He sold all of his machinery to a man who sought counsel prior to digging and followed the advice given to him. Guess what? He found gold! My point is: don’t give up. No matter what happens, keep moving forward. Yes, there are times you’ll feel tired, unmotivated and discouraged because you don’t see results. But keep moving forward. You’re only a few feet away from gold.
Trust the process and trust God. My mentor John Maxwell says, “Everything worthwhile is uphill.” It’s not going to be easy, but do the work. You can achieve what your heart desires; just know that it will likely be uphill.
4.Believe in Yourself!
Working towards dreams and goals can be difficult because it requires you to overcome limiting beliefs, self-doubt, and fear. Believe in yourself and know that it’s a work in progress.
Wishing is wonderful, but it doesn’t take you far. What will take you far are daily action steps. Do one thing every day that will lead you closer to your goals.
Gratitude is an expression of faith. It is a positive emotion or attitude in which we acknowledge what we have received and what we will receive. Make gratitude part of your daily action steps. Consider that everything that has happened to you (good or bad) has been necessary in order for you to be where you are right now. It is all helping you grow and develop.
I invite you to begin reviewing your goals for the year. Ask yourself these questions:
Where am I now?
What have I accomplished?
What do I need to improve?
What’s my next move?
If you feel you haven’t accomplished your goals, don’t be discouraged. Keep moving forward. As writer Wallace D. Wattles once said, “Retain your vision. Stick to your purpose. Maintain your faith and gratitude.”
Don’t know where to start? Reach out and let me know how I can serve you!