Achievable (adj.) to succeed in doing or gaining something, usually with effort
Goal – objective (n.) a. something that you are trying to do or achieve
b. something that one hopes or intends to accomplish
The year 2014, made a hurried exit as it said a fond farewell, and ushered in the year 2015, never again to return and with it dashed the resolutions that many hoped to have accomplished within the out-going year.
As we welcomed in the New Year with exuberant celebration, many made the same or renewed resolutions, hoping that this year would be a more accomplished one in varied areas of their lives.
Most of us have made those “wonderful” New Year’s resolutions (goals) at every incoming year, with almost a tone of easy accomplishment. Or so we thought! Until some of those “wonderful” New Year’s resolutions became unreachable and took on a note of frustration that became burdensome, lending some to retreat or retire from that “wonderful” sense of easily accomplished tone.
Why are our “goals”, short or long term, become burdensome as our allotted time-frame marches on?
With respect to the above question – Is it that, although good intended, we have set our goals too high? Or are our expectations of what we can accomplish and what is truly attainable have been but a fantastic imagery of what we would like to do and what we can actually do?
Can it be honestly said that any goal is attainable even achievable, if and when we know what our capabilities are? Should we limit ourselves to our mere capabilities, being true to the accomplishable? How would one know the accomplishable if one does not stretch beyond what is easily done!
We all know our limits but, there are times that we should push the envelope a little farther than we want if we are to grow. We will never know what we can do if we don’t try. Let’s not sell ourselves short on our capabilities. Don’t you know that God has blessed us with strengths beyond our imagination? Strengths that we have not yet tapped into! We have not yet begun to use the strengths which have been bestowed upon us as the children of God.
If we never stretch beyond our expectations, beyond what we feel we are capable of achieving, how then will we grow and mature?
The goals we had good intentions to start last year and have not, can most definitely be started and reached this year.
Beginning a particular project, may be just enough at this juncture of life. We should not always feel that we have to complete a project at a specific time to feel accomplished. The key is to complete it, even if it is not within the time frame you had set for yourself. Hey, life can get very busy!
Sometimes, we can be our own worst critic and that in and of itself can make us doubt ourselves and keep us from achieving those attainable goals.
Before beginning your goal(s) you should first take it to God in prayer then, tell a sister or brother in the faith, what you plan on accomplishing – as a support system, as an encourager, to give an uplifting word when you feel the urge to throw the towel in, so to speak.
It is a great way to stay on track and not give up!
Completing that unfinished project this year, which you may have begun some time ago, can be very pleasing, knowing that you have accomplished that which you have started.
Let us make this year the year of the “achievable goals”.
- Make your goal(s) reachable – but going beyond your capabilities will aid in your growth.
- Have fun – enjoy working towards your goal(s); don’t make them a burden.
- Don’t beat up on yourself if your goal(s) is not completed within a set time – the point is – you have made a start.
- Keep in mind, God has given His children talents/gifts/strengths which we have not yet begun to use.
I (We) can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (us). (Phil 4: 13)(NKJV) (Parenthesis mine)
…with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26) (NKJV)
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we may ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Eph. 3:20) (NKJV)
Live this year in God’s abundance. Jesus has come to give us a more abundant life (John 10:10).
Do not let the unfinished things of life get you down. Jesus Christ has finished it all at Calvary so that we may rest in Him. Let our focus be on Christ and His accomplished work. Let our achievements be in God through His Son, as we present our bodies as living sacrifices to Him (God), holy, and acceptable which is our reasonable service. Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1)
Make this year your year of achievable goals, in Christ!
Happy New Year and happy goal setting and reaching!