We all have goals. It may be to lose weight, to finish a 5k in a certain time, to break an addiction, to move past our fears, to raise good children, to have a good marriage…there is an endless supply of things that we can strive for that would be considered worthy goals.
Do you just wish that you were at the finish line already? Do you find yourself just waiting around for things to happen that will help you get there faster without having to work too hard at it? I know I have done that in the past.
I want my kids to grow up knowing the difference between right and wrong, and so I have made a purposeful effort to teach them and pattern good behavior for them.
I want to be a wife that respects and honors her husband, so every day I make it a point to do and say things to build him up instead of tearing him down.
I don’t want my blood pressure to skyrocket so my doctor and I have come up with a plan that includes changes in diet and medication. Every day, I am diligent to follow that plan.
If I stray from any one of those plans, I might as well throw the goals down the toilet. I’d be a woman with a miserable husband, bad kids, and dangerously high blood pressure. Without the plans, and without following through with the plans, the goals are just meaningless and empty words.
So when I say I want to be lose weight…what is my plan? When I say I want to be physically fit…what is my plan? When I say I want to turn to God for comfort rather than other things…what is my plan? These are the areas where the plan was not clearly defined for most of my life, so it’s no big surprise that these were also the areas where I tended to struggle the most.
It’s not enough to just say that you want something and then haphazardly try this and that in hopes that you will get to where you want to be. Can you imagine if an entrepreneur was trying to build a Fortune 500 company without a formal plan? It would be a joke.
How many calories a day do you need in order to lose 1 pound a week? 2 pounds a week? How many minutes a day are you going to exercise? When you have a craving for something sweet, what are you going to make sure you have in your fridge to satisfy that craving to prevent you from going out and buying a Snickers Bar? How are you going to respond to your old friend who wants you to get drunk one more time, high one more time, or just fool around one more time? How many times a day are you going to pray even though the kids are constantly pulling at your pant legs? When will you make time to read and think about the Bible when you have to work 16 hours a day? How are you going to make it a point to show love to other people when you are angry at everyone? What are your real priorities?
There has got to be a plan in place if you want to succeed. There is no way around that. Take the time to sit down and put your goals and steps on how to get there into a formalized plan. Put it on paper if you need to.
Don’t just wander around hoping to eventually find the finish line!