Maybe you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions. Who doesn’t love a fresh start? And this time you mean business. No quitting by the end of January. No excuses for dropping something off the list. Things are going to change.
Making holy, healthy habits requires three things:
You need a plan, my friend, and it needs to be written down. Discipline starts with a pad and pencil. We’ve previously discussed writing down and sharing your vision. The process is the same when it comes to your goals. A goal swimming around in your head will never be achieved without taking action steps.
Once your goals are written down, who are you going to tell? Someone needs to know your plan because that gives him or her permission to ask questions. Also, it means your inaction will be noticed. If your goal is to lose ten pounds, but no one knows about it, then there’s no pressure if you never get around to the goal.
We all need deadlines to safeguard against procrastination, which is the greatest thief of our time and creativity. Waiting around for some day is being a poor steward of the time, talent, and money God has given you. Of course, if you reach the deadline and your goal is still in progress, simply pick a new deadline. The point of the deadline is not to bring condemnation, but to help you stay focused.
Luke 14:28-29 says, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?”
The Lord showed me that 2017 will be a year like never before. This is my prayer for you as well. Set your goals, make a plan, and get moving towards all God has for you!