The year 2022 is wrapping up and there are several posts flying everywhere. You’ll see a Youtube video with the topic, “Have you accomplished all your goals?”, ‘A course on Year 2022 Evaluation‘, ‘That 2023 goals template you found on your fav Personal Development Coach’s IG page‘ . . .
There are so many but you’ve probably rolled your eyes every single time you saw them. For many people, the year didn’t go as planned because of the strike and other valid reasons. For some others, there weren’t any plans at all . . .
Should I plan my life ?
God has a great plan for our lives. You probably know that already. He’s said it in His word over and over. “Why then should I bother planning my life?“, you may ask.
I know you don’t want to interrupt God’s plan but stay with me. Do you know that the outcome of your life does not depend solely on God?
Really, it doesn’t. God doesn’t get to do all the work while you sit, doing nothing but soak up His favour. You and I have a part to play in how our lives turn out.
I know that God doesn’t force His will on people. Also, I know that He doesn’t like laziness or irresponsibility (Prov. 6:6-7).
This is why as a Christian, you should take responsibility for your life. It’s easier for us as believers because God brings us in on His great plan for us. He shows us the blueprint for our lives, making life easier for us to navigate.
Now that you know your life’s outcome depends on you too, how do you go about it?
How To Set Goals as a Christian
1. Talk to God. Before you go on setting goals, talk to God and ask Him for direction, guidance and wisdom. You’re probably wondering why this is important. Have you ever walked in circles? It seemed like you were making progress only for you to get to a point that looked familiar.
Not having direction can lead to frustration and you don’t want that (Prov. 16:1).
2. Self-evaluate Your Year. I know it’s often preached that you should not look back at your past. As true as that is, looking back is crucial sometimes. You know why? It allows you assess your mistakes and helps you improve on them moving forward. I learnt this trick in 2021 and it has proved efficient. I’m currently working on a Year Evaluation template. If you will like to have a copy, indicate in the comment section with your email address, send me a DM on IG, or send me a mail at email@example.com (Luke 14:28).
3. Set Your Goals. Don’t dream away. Your goals should entail plans on how to achieve them too. They should cover major aspects of your life like Spiritual, Academics, Finance, etc. Set SMART goals too (Hab. 2:2-3).
4. Stay Accountable to Someone. Have you ever set out to start a new habit? You started quite alright but you stopped along the way not because you’re indisiplined but because there was no vibe. Well, accountability helps you stay through to the end of the goals you set. You and your accountabilty partner can review your goals together, help spur each other to keep going when you don’t feel like it and reward yourselevs when you achieve those goals.
5. Re-evaluate Your Goals Regularly. As the year goes by, many unplanned things can happen. For me, the strike caused utter destruction to my plans, systems and structures set in place to make me have a productive year. Initially, I sat in sadness but with God’s help, I was able to restructure my plans and goals for the year.
When you do all this, don’t forget to speak to God again. You know, sometimes, we tend to get carried away with making plans. We forget to ask the Masterplanner if it’s His plan for us.
Goal setting is for everyone who is intentional about their life.
Sadly, not many people take their life matters seriously. They don’t live intentionally. Instead, they live their lives to ‘fate‘ and ‘luck‘.
Don’t be one of them though.
Map out your plan. Commit it into God’s hands. Write it down. Put it somewhere you can easily see it.
Now you’re ready to have a phenomenal 2023. Well, maybe not yet.
You have to practise these things first. I trust you will anyways.
Do you believe in setting goals?
Do let me know in the comment section below as I always love to hear from you.
I trust you’ve been inspired. Please share this post with everyone you love as everyone deserves to have a phenomenal year.
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