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Its 10:05pm, Tuesday December 31, New Years Eve. I’m sitting in a recliner in our den, feet up watching Texas A&M play Duke in the Chick-fil-a bowl with my computer in my lap. A new year begins in under two hours and I sit here deep in thought as I wonder what will this next year bring?
There is one thing for sure. If you and I don’t have any targets (goals) for the months to come chances are good that those months will not be as productive as they could have been.
I’m a proponent of setting goals. I believe that life should have short term and long-term goals. The transition of one year into another one on the calendar is a great time for some introspective inventory. It’s a perfect time to review the goals in our life.
In the beginning of 2012 I set what for me were some pretty lofty goals for the year. Those goals included, reading fifth-two books, reading the Bible through, writing a book and the loss of some weight. I didn’t read fifty-two books, I only read thirty-seven. I read my Bible. I also wrote a book and did manage to loose about sixty pounds. During that same year my first grand-child was born, my second daughter was married and I took Felicia on our first cruise. All in all I’d say that 2012 was pretty productive for me on a personal level.
When 2013 was approaching I failed to set any new goals for the new-year. 2013 was a good year. However, I can’t give you a list of personal accomplishment of goals because I didn’t have any. I learned my less.
I learned my lesson so I’ve already sat down and written my goals for 2014. Let me give you some guidelines for goal setting that I got from one of my favorite bloggers. Michael Hyatt.
1. Keep short term goals few in number. Don’t ove do it.
2. Make them short and easy to remember.
3. Keep them SMART.
Actionable: Begin every goal with an action verb.
Make them REALISTIC.
4. Make them TIME BOUND.
5. Write your goals down.
6. Share them selectively.
And I want to add one to Michael’s list and this one should be first. Pray about it.
Now, go write down some goals.