Step 8: Put it on Paper
Now that you are clear about where God is leading you and you know what He wants you to accomplish. You must write it down.
It doesn’t work if you just dream and think about a goal, because thoughts are fleeting and can be easily dismissed. According to a study done by Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University, people who wrote down their goals were 42% more likely to achieve them.
Have you ever been to a gym at the beginning of the year when the new year’s resolutioners have started their new fitness routine? …. and then you come back mid-February and the gym is empty?
Habakkuk 2:2 says “Then the Lord replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that whoever reads it may run with it”. I hope you can see the importance of writing your goals down which will give you a greater chance of following through.
A good way of writing out goals is using the AACTION method, which I learned from online mentor Michael Hyatt.
- A stands for actionable so begin the sentence with a verb.
- A stands for aligned. Is the goal aligned with the season of life you are in, your values, and the other goals you are setting?
- C stands for challenging. Make sure to set goals that challenge you enough to demand your best effort.
- T is for time-bound. In other words, assign completion dates for each goal.
- I is for inspiring. Pick goals that make you want to get up in the morning.
- N is for narrow. Be specific, not broad or general. For example, a badly written goal is something like “make more money”. A better way of stating that using the AACTION method is by saying “make $25,000 more by December 31, 2016”.
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