4 Steps to Accomplishing Your Goals

 

4 Steps to Accomplishing Your Goals //

This is a part two of sorts to How to Become a Goal Setter.

 

There is something so beautiful about action and accomplishing goals. Just the idea of it inspires me. Before you even get started accomplishing your goals you must DECIDE TO DO IT! Easier said than done, simply deciding to accomplish your goals is SO, SO important! Moving the things on your “wish-list” to your “goal list” is a big deal. It requires determination and follow through. Once you decide that you are going to accomplish something, go and accomplish it!

1. CLING TO JESUS

In order to succeed in anything you must first realize that you are broken. You must understand that no matter the goal, you NEED your creator. You must cling to Jesus! “If you love your creator truly, your goals will reflect that. Your dreams will echo His beautiful design. This should bring you such joy! God is the only one who can adequately strengthen you, God is the only one who can adequately motivate you and God is the one who will be responsible for your success. Everything you do should reflect Him.” (quote from part 1)

You must run to Him and ask Him for help! Tells Him your hopes and dreams. Invite Him to join and ask where you should start. Let him define your goals.

As part of my year of working hard and resting deeply I realized I needed God in a very real way in order to EVER be successful in my blog. Now, I start every post by praying and reading my bible. I dedicate each post to Him and since then I have noticed a big change in the quality of my work.

2. DEFINE YOUR GOALS

Pull out a notepad and your favorite pen and start laying out the specifics of your goals. Here are some questions to get you started.

  • What EXACTLY do I want to accomplish?
  • Why do I want to accomplish this?
  • Is my goal feasible?
  • Is this a goal that God will proud of?
  • How can I show God’s love while accomplishing my goal?
  • How will I show God’s love once my goal is accomplished?

3. SET DEADLINES

For some people deadline are very helpful, for others hey are very stressful and for others still (myself included) they are a happy mixture of both. Whatever your stance on self-imposed deadlines I believe they are important. They don’t have to be incredibly specific, but they certainly can be! It is entirely up to you.

Some examples of feasible deadlines for a person trying to get into shape might include:

  • Workout/go to the gym 4 days a week.
  • Do at least 10 minutes of cardio 4 days per week.
  • Focus on portion control.
  • create a meal plan by the end of the week.
  • get ride of tempting unhealthy food options from the house by tomorrow
  • Loose 5 pounds in two weeks.
  • etc.

The purpose of this step is to break your goal down step by step to aid you in accomplishing your goal by taking it one step at a time. Not to stress you out by making the goal unattainable. So, adjust your deadline accoridingly.

4. ASK FOR HELP

I strongly believe there is not one single goal you can accomplish all on your own. Not one. We are a people you thrive off of relationships and we are meant to!

Help has many forms, some as simple as just having someone to help keep you accountable, to talk with about your deadlines and to inspire you. Others are more involved like inviting someone to working alongside you, help you raise money, edit your articles and blog posts and assisting in the entire process of attaining your goal.

The best way a person can help you is to pray for you. The more God is involved the better the result will be every single time.

 

What are some ways you tackle your goals?

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How to Become a Goal Setter

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When you buy a candle, why do you buy it? So that it will smell nice, remove odors and look pretty, right? So, how does it do this? The candle has NO control over its self, I mean seriously, it’s just a candle. But once YOU light is, the candle lives out it’s purpose. If you do not light the candle then you’ve simply wasted you money. This is the difference between wanting and willingness.

The wanting person creates a wish-list. They will wish for things like loosing weight, making a big purchase, getting a promotion, digging deeper into their bibles etc. The wanting person accomplishes nothing other than buying a candle made cold wax and wasting their money.

The willing person creates goals. Their goals include exercising and eating right, creating a budget and saving money, working hard in their jobs, setting aside time to read their bibles ect. When they buy a candle they light it and the cold wax melts.

Do you see the difference down to the very mindset you take on? The wishful person is idle, simply hoping for results. The willing person is active, she a force to be reckon with!

It is so very easy to get confused and settle for cold wax, a wasted purchase, but that is not what God created you for!

God has created you with a purpose. A purpose that is big enough to move mountains, change your future and bring love to you and those around you.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

As women of God we are to yearn for God’s propose for us. We are to seek Him diligently and we are to be profound tools for His glory.

If you love your creator truly, your goals will reflect that. Your dreams will echo His beautiful design. This should bring you such joy! God is the only one who can adequately strengthen you, God is the only one who can adequately motivate you and God is the one who will be responsible for your success. Everything you do should reflect Him.

God does not wish for things. God makes things happen. He IS the hot wax. He IS the change.

All too often I hear people whine about their circumstances, although they may be worthy of whining about, God reminds us that the battle has already been won. That he is with us always and that He will provide us with strength to carry on, if only we ask.

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. 

Philippians 2:14-15a

Life is tough ladies, I know it, you know it and God knows it. That is why God wants to help us accomplish our goals, He wants to give us encouragement and strength. Just ask Him. You can do this!

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Rahab The Unlikely

THE STORY OF AN UNLIKELY WOMEN MAKING HISTORY THROUGH FAITH AND COURAGE.

Rahab was a women living inside the wall of Jericho with her family. Most say she was a prostitute, few argue and say she was an innkeeper, either way the truth is she was an unlikely candidate for heroism and faith. She hid Israelite spies, stood up to the king of Jericho’s men, recognized that God is the only true God and boldly asked for favor and safety for her family and succeeded! Her actions and faith in God moved God’s glory forward and ultimately changed history.

Isn’t it great that God used one bold women of faith to affect so much?

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THE STORY

Joshua sent two spies into Jericho to survey the land and upon their arrival they found lodging in Rahab’s home. The King, after hearing that there were spies in his city, immediately sent a message to Rahab saying, “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.” (Joshua 2:3b)

But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.

Joshua 2:4-7

As soon as the King’s men had left, Rahab went up to the roof and asked for their help in return for her unnecessary kindness. She recognized their God to be the one true God and that He alone was going to deliver to them Jericho. She asked that when this day came that her father and mother, brothers and sisters and all who belong to them, would be kept safe, and she wanted a clear sign that this would be true. The spies told her that as long as she tied a scarlet rope outside her window, that all her loved ones where in her house when the battle began and that she did not tell of the Israelites plans that she and her family would be kept safe.

Afterwards, Rahab helped them escape the city and tied the scarlet rope outside her window.

A short time later the spies kept their promise. The Israelites defeated Jericho. Rahab and her family were kept safe and they even had a place in Israel because of her boldness and kindness.

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Do you see her courage? Do you see her strength made strong by her faith in God?

God, we must realize, shows His great mercy and power through human weaknesses (2 Corinthians:12:9). Out of Rahab’s weakness she was made strong in faith—through the power of God. The record of her deeds provides sufficient scriptural evidence for why God included her in the faith chapter: “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews:11:31).

quote from UCG.org

There are so many qualities I see in Rahab, but the most commendable, in my opinion, is her action. She clearly has faith in God, yet she does not stand idly by and wait for His plans to unfold. It would be easy for her to be filled with despair and inaction at the loss of her city, but instead she takes a stand. She proclaims her faith in God with both her words and deeds and in doing so protects her family from harm.

Rahab’s faith and conviction gave her the courage to look death in the face—and live. As Proverbs:28:1 tells us, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Courage is born from unwavering faith, as Rahab demonstrated.

quote from UCG.org

A women of God does not just let things happen to her. She is the cause of change, through the strength God has given her; she stands up for her faith; she shows love to the unlovely. A women of God takes a hit and with God’s by her side, keeps on running; she understands that God is in control and trusts His every word. While she may feel so unlikely, as Rahab must have, she musters the courage to look fear and death in the face and boldly proclaim herself a daughter of God.

So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road.26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

James 2:24-26

This week I challenge you to be courageous and take action. Whether that be building friendships, digging deeper into your bible, making the tough call, spending more time with your creator or starting a challenging project – trust in your Father. He alone has the power to give you strength enough to change the world, and change the world you will, my darling.

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Beauty Matters. A lot.

As women in a visual culture it is hard to understand true beauty. When we think of “beautiful” women our minds immediately go to the Victoria Secret models, the thin, the make-up drenched and the wealthy. Yet, the same voice tells us is NOT true beauty. There is a surge in the idea that, overall, beauty doesn’t matter.  That the real importance lies in our physically health over our idealized perception of beauty. That we need to work hard to feed our bodies well and get fit fast to be truly beautiful. I’ll be the first to admit there is beauty in these things, but they are only a partial truth.

Ladies, I am here to tell you that beauty matters a great deal. I believe God intended it to.

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“How beautiful you are, my darling,
    how beautiful!
    Your eyes are like doves.” Song of Solomon 1:15

Beauty is a gift from God. It is to be treasured, admired and respected. God tells us that he created everything to be beautiful in it’s time. There is value in physical beauty, there is value in the health and it is good to want these things. An issue arises when these things become an idol. When you tear yourself down, or even fill yourself with pride, trying to do, act or wear what you believe to be beautiful. When your own physical beauty becomes the most important. The thing is, God desires beauty. He appreciates it. However, the beauty that God desires is of a different nature.

These bodies we wear will fade and the beauty they hold with them.

You do not have a soul.

You have a body.

You are a soul.

- unknown. some credit C.S. Lewis.

Your soul is where true beauty lies; your heart; your character. The very core of who you are should be drenched in beauty. This beauty will leak into everything you do.

This is a beauty that comes from straight from the Lord. Love, wisdom, courage, strength, gentleness, kindness, compassion and grace. A beauty that stems from God’s purpose for your life and His purpose for us – to love Him and make Him known.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
    but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Reward her for all she has done.
    Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Proverbes 31:30-31

If beauty is the thing that you seek than run to your Creator, my darling. Cling to His every word, hold tightly to His love and His commands.

If beauty is what you seek, than ask! Ask for wisdom, ask for strength, ask for the diligence and discipline to consistently come to your Father.

If beauty is what you seek than understand that you are a daughter of the Lord and that He does not create things on accident. You have a purpose, and you have the capacity to be truly beautiful, because God delights in the beautiful.

So, dress yourselves in modesty and confidence. Select your hair styles and make-up in a way that shows your love for Christ. Eat right and be active. But, my darling, never forget to give all the glory to the the one who makes you truly beautiful.

 

For more on the struggle of beauty read this post on GUTS

Ugly Conformist to Beautiful Rebel | by Stefanie Holmes (pictured above)
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Shared Minute // January

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Shared Minute is a photo challenge I started in the new year. (see my first post here) It’s purpose is to bring together people from all across the world to share one minute of their lives. It is meant to be real, raw and to capitalize on the beauty of our day-to-day lives. It is meant to make this great big world just a bit smaller. It is about real lives influencing and inspiring real people. It is about living just one little minute in the life of another.

The Rules

1) Set your alarms for 6:00 pm PST (consider your time zone!)

2) Snap a photo of whatever it is you’re doing. Washing the dishes after dinner? Giving your little one a bath? At work? Shopping? Doing school work? Whatever it is, share it!

3) Tag at least one other person and ask what is happening at their #SharedMinute. (help me spread the word!)

4) Share it on Instagram using the hashtag #SharedMinute and tell us what you are up to that day!

These are just some of my favorite #SharedMinutes from January. I am so excited to see what February has in store!

A HUGE thank you to those of you who have already joined!! Thank you for supporting me and joining me in this challenge. It has been such a blessing. :)

 

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