As we live in the dawn of yet another new year, the season for goal setting has come upon us once again. Volunteer organizations have a wave of new helpers, and the gyms have never been fuller. Yet as we crawl into the late months of winter, people will begin to fall into their old ways once again. In a recent study, conducted at the University of Scranton, just eight percent of the population that sets a new year’s resolution actually is successful in their attempt.
Maybe this dismal statistic is the reason nearly 40% of Americans absolutely never set a goal to be better in the New Year.
Why even set a goal at all if the rate of success is so low in the first place?
Despite the alarmingly low results in New Year’s resolutions, studies do show that setting goals can in fact have a tangible effect on achieving your dreams. This same study actually showed that those who explicitly set goals are ten times more likely to accomplish what they set out to do.
They key then, is not in simply setting a goal, but setting good goals.
Goals are a really important part of our lives, especially here at River Valley. If you were here for Vision Weekend, we heard of the amazing things we are believing for in 2015. Without concentration and focus on the mission of what we do, we wouldn’t have the amazing stories of God’s providence that we hear on a regular basis.
Here are a few practices to set and keep goals that will help you maximize the most of God’s plan for your life:
Write down your goals somewhere that you will see it everyday. The more aware of your goals on a daily basis, the more likely fulfilling that goal will be part of your everyday life.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew all at once. Often times, its easy to want to try and remedy every ailing part of our lives. While having lots of good goals is a healthy thing, trying to attain all of them at once is often difficult, and sometimes impossible. Good things take effort and time, so don’t put too much on your plate! Focus on one or two that are really important to you and get good at those before you add more to your plate.
Don’t be afraid to fall short of your goal. It can be scary to think of failing at a goal, especially one that is important to us. Rather than come up unsuccessful in our efforts, many of us would prefer to set a smaller goal that is easier, rather than stretch ourselves to try something we never thought we could do. Don’t be afraid of coming up a little shorter than where you thought you would be. Progress in itself is the goal, and you have succeeded at that!
2015 could be the best year of your life yet. Maybe there are things you’ve always wished you could do, places you could go, new things you could experience. Don’t let those goals wait another year. There’s never a better time to start than right now!