Today is the final post on goal setting God's Way. Thank you for staying with me during this series!
Step 9: Take Action
Now that you have set the foundation, are clear of what God is calling you to do, and have written your goals down, the next step is to take action.
This doesn’t mean you just start doing stuff. You must have direction and a plan on how to take proper action.
Take some time to brainstorm all you are going to need in order to accomplish your goal.
When I set the goal of running a marathon in 2014, I made a list of what I needed to make it happen. I identified that I needed the right running shoes, running clothes, GPS watch or a mileage tracker of some sort. I also researched the right nutrition and hydration program for a long distance runner. Then I found a training plan that was realistic for me to do within my time constraints. Finally, I enlisted in a running group for support on those long grueling training runs to keep me accountable. Essentially, I counted the cost of what my goal would entail.
Luke 14:28 says “suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”.
Therefore, counting the cost and making a plan for each of your goals is wise. All that is left to do is to JUST DO IT.
You’ve done the preparations so get to work just like Proverbs 24:27 says “Put your outdoor in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house”.
In other words, get your ducks in a row, but don’t just stay there, get to work.
Step 10: Next Right Step
An additional step I like to add to staying on course is to ask yourself “what is the next right step to take that will move me closer to reaching my goal”.
Give yourself daily action steps to do in order to stay on course. This will allow you to be proactive and live intentionally instead of reacting to whatever comes your way that may be a distraction from what you need to be doing.
I say all this loosely, because sometimes God asks us to do something just to see if we will be obedient and surrender our wills to him.
We must always hold our goals with open hands knowing that God is ultimately in control and the author of our story. By our obedience to one thing He can lead us in a totally different direction altogether.
Proverbs 19:21 says “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails." Ultimately, we are called to be diligent and good stewards all the while surrendering our plans to the Almighty.
My challenge to you is to make set time to spend in prayer with God and invite Him to search your heart.
Ask Him to give you wisdom, clarity, direction and discernment to know His will for your life.
Take time to visualize what God is calling you to do and write it down.
If it’s a goal He is wanting you to accomplish, write it out clearly using the AACTION method. Then brainstorm how you need to count the cost of your plan, prioritize, then get to work in the name of Jesus.
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