Each year we reflect on the previous year’s goals taking a snapshot of our achievements, failures, lessons, or milestones. We reflect, define and reset our goals dependent on how we did the previous year.
If you are like me I used to struggle a lot with goal setting. Every year I will set my goals but by March I would have forgotten or found something new. Sometimes it was just 365 days way longer than expected to complete goals set. I learned over the years the problem isn’t goal setting, I was my own problem.
Here are some of the things I learnt and I have made them my culture, every year I do
1. Look at God’s word what it says year after year in case you forget
God cares for you and me and His goals for us are immovable, never changing
Jeremiah 29 v 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Before anything else, I commit myself to God and His plans for my life – if I am doing something
outside God I lose all that am created for, my purpose, my call and my destiny. God already
knows my future even though I plan and have goals every year, in God my life has been set and
finished – it’s complete
My goal setting has to align with whom God has made me to be, called me to do each year –
each season and speaks of Him more than I ( take time note down )
2. Write your goals down
Habakkuk 2 v 2 “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run
I realized if I don’t write things down I easily forget and lack commitment. When I write it down I
easily commit and get it done
Write in your style of communication – am not a long term processor, I tend to lose momentum
on long term goals. So I break them into pockets as below;
Spiritual goal (study 2books of the bible, build a relationship with my leaders, attend church
Personal goals (lose weight, eat healthy, save money R100 a month)
Family goals (spent more time, build relationships intentionally, vacation, build, save)
Relationship goals (review my friendships, reduce/increase my activities)
Business / Education goals (learn about business, further study, and commit to working more)
Have short term goals and long term goals
3. Self-Examination – ‘Self-audit’ as I call it, is necessary for your goals to be achieved accurately.
I do quarter self-audit (3 / 4 times a year) where I:
- Become intentional by setting aside alone time to examine my goals, take record – audio /
note down / document for follow up
- I don’t review all of them at once – I categorize each quarter
- If I haven’t achieved much results I encourage myself to continue or start if I haven’t started,
not to wait for the next year
Questions that can help you:
a. Where do I want to be in the next 1year/ 3years / 5 years
b. Where would my life be in so many years if I continue doing what I am doing today?
c. What is my WHY for doing what am doing? Without knowing your ‘why’ behind your goals
when you face challenges or hardships you will feel like giving up but if you know why you
do what you do – the going becomes easier to withstand
d. Am I living a lifestyle that promotes physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing?
e. What would be my biggest regret if I were to die tomorrow?
4. Milestones / memorial stones
. Have someone more disciplined than you whom you can be accountable to
. Celebrate your wins (if you losing weight it means no food party we can get a manicure or spa)
. Don’t have information overload – easy going – too much info will not get you started
. Commit to finishing what you started – don’t allow you to fail yourself
. Keep your records in a safe place – I write down in a book/journal, make voice notes and
. Don’t stop learning
Women of Reverence welcomes guest blogger Kay Ramaabya.
She is married to Simon. They’re blessed with a daughter Naomi. Kay is an active Manager running a multi branch business while in ministry with her husband leading CFAN church based in Gaborone,