If you’re reading this post, that means you have made it through the first week of 2020! And my hope and prayer is that the last week was full of hope and expectation of the year to come.
To be honest, I’ve never been one to set a lot of goals in the New Year. Although I’m naturally a more positive, hopeful person, sometimes I feel let down by the countless stories of failed resolutions.
Maybe it’s the new decade or the prompting of the Holy Spirit for a fresh outpouring of hope, but this year I have set goals for my personal life, marriage, blog, spiritual life, and work.
I find that it’s always easy to set goals. The real kicker is actually staying motivated. I’m not alone, right?
Suddenly our workout plans turn into nights on the couch with the cat, and our old habits creep back in by February.
It doesn’t have to end this way. We can stay motivated through 2020 by following 4 Biblical strategies that have stood the test of time.
1. Seek God Above All
If you’re a Christian, then this seems like a no-brainer. But how often do we set goals and make resolutions without even praying about them?
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him (Lamentations 3:25 NIV)
The Lord promises His goodness when we seek Him. I believe that as daughters of God, our first and main goal in life is to devote ourselves to Jesus. And every other goal should play a supporting role to this purpose.
The best goal you can ever set is to build intimacy with Jesus. When we do this, His Lordship will guide our lives in the right direction for His Kingdom.
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2. Be an Early Bird
I’m not a morning person when I first wake up. I lay there for a few minutes listing all the reasons why I must get out of bed. The struggle is real!
But despite this, I’ve actually found that I’m most productive during the morning hours.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3 NIV)
Rising early is a Biblical discipline that we should still practice today. Starting our day with prayer and reading the Word will put us in the right mindset to live out our calling in Christ.
Another benefit to completing everyday work early is that if you get the hard tasks out of the way first, then you feel accomplished and ready to take on the rest of your day!
3. Write it Down
Vision boards are a huge trend right now, and for good reason. When we write out–or display–our goals, then it excites and reminds us of what we originally set out to accomplish.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)
The Bible shows us how a lack of vision for our future only leads to destruction. Part of sustaining a God-centered vision includes writing out our goals.
The best way to stay motivated when writing goals is to make sure you write them in a place you can easily see them. For me, that’s my planner.
You could also hang your goals above your desk, on the fridge, or another easy to see spot. When your goals are right in front of you, it provides the catalyst for motivation.
4. Celebrate the Little Steps
It’s almost impossible to stay motivated when we feel overwhelmed by our goals. That’s why it’s important to break them down into baby steps.
For example, I want to dedicate more time to writing. Taking small steps like blocking off certain times of the day for writing, or reading inspirational books every month, keep this goal manageable.
We must also devote our efforts in accomplishing goals to please our Savior. This means taking every step with Christ in our minds and gratitude in our hearts.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 NIV)
None of us are perfect, but thankfully we have Christ’s perfection in us. Some goals will change, while others may fail. But it’s important to celebrate every win–big or small.
After all, every glory belongs to God. We find our greatest joy when pleasing the heart of Jesus is our greatest motivation.
Thanks for reading! Have you set any goals for the New Year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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