Here’s some thoughts on goal setting from Shad Helmstetter. I believe they go right along with the message from Habakkuk 2:2-3…. “ write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come.” Notice the formula: (1) Write the vision down. The act of putting it on paper makes it more concrete for you. (2) Clarify the vision, make it plain. I suggest at least a 100-word essay on your most inspiring vision. (3) Read the vision. This imprints the vision in your heart and in your mind. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Put copies of your vision everywhere; in your car, on your mirrors, on the refrigerator, in your wallet, etc. We naturally move toward what is in front of us. Every time you read the vision it’s like stoking the embers in a fire. Keep stoking it until the flame soars brightly and your adrenaline starts pumping. This will attract others to you that can help you realize your dreams. (4) Run with it. Move purposefully toward its fulfillment. God may at times refine and redesign the visions that He gives you, but seldom does He remove them. He refines the dreams and the dreamer; He tampers with the dreams while He tempers the dreamer.
1. Set goals now! Write them down. If you do not write your goals down on paper, you are missing the single most important step in reaching your full potential. Don’t wait until everything is clear in your mind, start now and clarify things as you go.
2. Never listen to the people who tell you what you cannot do. They are small-minded, closed-minded, weak in spirit or programmed for failure themselves. People sometimes forecast for others what they have forecasted for themselves.
3. Improve your “self-talk.” The self-talk that you learn, and practice right now will control your present and future chances for success.
4. Practice having a good attitude everyday. Start with thanking and praise the Lord for another day to be a blessing to someone. Your attitude will do more for you than you can ever imagine. It sets things in motion that we could never even begin to plan for ourselves.
5. Spend as much time as possible with people who believe in you and build you up. Your time is a precious gift from God, use it wisely.
6. Turn off the television. Television can be the most destructive, time-wasting, negative programming force in the world. Break the habit of idly watching television. Read a good book instead.
7. Do something constructive. Take action. Write your plan, take action, go for it, tackle it and get it done. Any action is better than no action.
8. Never stop. Never give up. Keep going. Don’t quit. Get up, start again and never, ever give up on your dreams. When you think it’s over it’s actually a new start. Every day is a new beginning!