Did you all know that Friday, July 1st marked the second half of the year? You know what that means?
We still have 6 months to make 2016 amazing. I think this is the perfect time to self-reflect and think about the goals we have accomplished and the things we have put on the back burner.
And honestly, I need these next 6 months. At the end of 2015, I set some goals for myself. While I rocked some, I forgot about others. One goal that I totally forgot about this year was my desire to be more social. I’ve lived in Philly for a while and have not formed many connections/friendships. The topic of godly counsel and godly friendships has been reoccurring in sermons and devotionals I’ve been reading and listening to. It’s been convicting me to step outside my comfort zone. So, this is one goal I will be reexamining and acting on this goal the next 6 months.
New Year, New Me is often all over social media in December and January, and soon after people begin creating memes about how people aren’t going to accomplish any goals. Yes, tons of New Year’s resolutions fail, but that doesn’t mean that people should not set goals and develop action plans to bring their goals to pass. I’m one of those people who love birthdays and the New Year, as they both give me the opportunity to reflect and write a plan. While everyone may not write resolutions at the beginning of the year or for their birthday, I believe everyone should be working towards something (big or small). In the Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale states that “people with goals succeed because they know where they are going.” (If you haven’t listened to The Strangest Secret I wrote about it HERE).
Where’s the Word, Jenell?
The Bible tells us to write the vision, make it plain and act on that vision (Habakkuk 2:2). Yes, the Bible does say that God has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), but Hab. 2:2 makes me believe he also honors when we have a vision of our own. God’s sovereignty should not be the reason we are not moving forward towards our goals. The Bible also lets us know that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). If we are praying for God to make things to happen in or lives we can’t always stand and wait, we must also act.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 warns us that “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” We cannot wait for the perfect conditions to reach our goals. Don’t use what you don’t have (time, money, resources) as an excuse to not work towards your goals. Use what you have to create your vision and trust in God to carry you through. The time is now to get things done. Begin sowing now so that you can be ready for the harvest tomorrow.
I truly believe that great things can happen these last 6 months of 2016. So, I created a midyear reflection and goal setting worksheets to help hold us accountable and make sure that we are being intentional in planning for the remainder of the year.
Get Your Midyear Reflection and Goal Setting Sheets Here! Just click the image below.
Print it out! But before you delve into the midyear reflection sheets, set aside some time for prayer and think about how you want to end 2016. Also, please read my 4 goal setting tips below. If you haven’t heard of SMART goals, check out these websites (here and here) to see exactly how to write Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Tmely goals.
The 4 W’s You Must Remember When Goal Setting
Where is the Word?
Connect your goals to the word of God. When you want to work on a goal or on a weakness, find a scripture that directly speaks to what you are working on. If you don’t know a scripture, use the internet or reach out to me. Use God’s word to encourage and motivate yourself. When you are struggling with faith or obedience to your goals, God’s word can remind you exactly why you need to keep moving forward.
Who Are You Serving?
This is a question I always ask myself when making goals or when I desire something in my life. Who am I serving? Why do I want this? Am I trying to impress man or honor God? Our motivation to go back to school, lead a healthier life, open up a business should be about serving God and fulfilling his vision for our life. Colossians 3:23 requests that whatever we do we should do it for the Lord and not man. Serving God will give us more strength and motivation than stuntin’ on the gram could ever.
Watch Out for Distractions.
While you are working on your goals, doubt may creep in and naysayers may appear. But that’s when you remind yourself who you are serving and speak the word over negative thoughts. Ask yourself what these negative thoughts are keeping you from accomplishing. Remind yourself that fear is not of God (2 Timothy 1:7) and that God is a God of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). The enemy wants you to turn around and give up.
Winning Takes Time.
Don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t let where you stand now and where you want to be stop you from making moves. You may be planting seeds that won’t be harvested right now. But guess what? At least you are sowing. So many people aren’t sowing at all. I truly believe God will honor your faithfulness and your work won’t go unnoticed. “And let us now be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)
I hope you all found this post helpful. Please share with your friends, family, tribe, etc…anybody you want to see win!