The first step to achieving your goals is to write them down. When you write down the steps (goals) necessary to achieve your vision (God-given dream), you are obeying God and acting on His instructions.
Habakkuk 2:2 (AMP)
And the Lord answered me and said, “Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.”
The first key to effectively setting and achieving goals is to write them down. God has His goals written down. The Bible contains God’s written plan and vision for the universe and for mankind. Topics included in God’s written plan include: how and why God created the earth, why mankind is here, how life works, what things to avoid, and what to expect in the future.
Goals must be identified to be achieved. Writing your goals forces you to decide what you want out of life. Effective goal setting requires that you identify three things: what you want to be, what you want to do, and what you want to have. “To be” goals include improving yourself through the books you read, the CD’s you listen to, and the people you associate with. “To do” goals involve activities and events that provide satisfaction and productivity. Examples of “to do” goals include performing a certain job, getting elected to a community service organization, teaching less fortunate children, or climbing a mountain. “To have” goals involve the material aspects of life, such as money and possessions.
God can do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). However, if you do not know where you want to go, you will be unable to identify your specific goal. Write down the goals that are necessary to make your vision your reality. When you write down your goals, you then know where you are going. God will provide the assistance you need to achieve your goals. He will cause people, events, and material assistance to come into your life.
Writing your goals inspires you to take action on the ideas God reveals to you. Take at least one action step every day in each of your three goal areas: to be, to do, and to have. If your goal is to write a book, write something every day, even if it is just one paragraph. If your goal is improved physical fitness, do some type of exercise every day, even if it is just a short walk. If your goal is to move into a nicer home, set aside some money every day, even if it is just one dollar.
You are instructed in God’s Master Success Book to write your goals down for three very significant reasons. First, to decide what kind of life you want. Second, so God can provide assistance. Third, so you can take focused action toward the accomplishment of your specific goals.
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