With the start of the new year, most of us set out with the best of intentions and set so-called resolutions for a better year. Personally speaking I look at setting goals rather than resolutions for the mere fact that, how many of us actually accomplish, the oftentimes unrealistic resolutions that we set for ourselves? I mean, let's just keep it real for a moment. I myself have been guilty of this in the past, until I realized that all I was doing was setting myself up for failure. To know that this is true, all you have to do is look at the definition of the word resolution which according to Oxford Dictionary is : "a firm decision to do or not to do something."  Enough said.

As I said earlier, instead of making resolutions, I have decided instead, to set goals for myself. Setting the goals is the easy part, but in and of itself, it's is not enough either. How many times have you set a goal to accomplish or do something and for one reason or another, you always seem to fall short? Join the crowd! Been there, done that "wrote a song about it, like to hear it? Here we go!" (for those of you who remember the show "In Living Color") Let's face it, we all lead hectic and busy lives. But let me let you in on a little secret, God calls us to live "Fruitful" lives not "Busy" lives! Think about that for a minute. I don't think that there is one of us, (present company included) that hasn't said at one time or another, "I'm too busy!" What I have learned, is that the truth of that statement is, that I'm just not using my time wisely. Ouch! That's a post for another day! LOL!
Back to the subject of setting goals instead of making resolutions. Make the decision to start the new year off by setting goals that are S-M-A-R-T (Specific-Measurable-Attainable-Realistic-Time Bound) The S.M.A.R.T. goals technique is the most popular method used for goal setting in the world today. It allows you to set realistic goals that you can achieve. In addition to setting goals, understand that it's not enough to simply set them, but you must also develop a plan for achieving them, and to follow through with those plans.
Which finally brings me to the main focus of this post. So now that you have set your goals, have a plan in place for achieving and following through with them, who is going to help to hold you accountable so that you don't loose momentum? Everybody is excited and gung-ho in the beginning, but then somehow or another, the excitement starts to fade. This is when you need an accountability partner or group of partners who will encourage you to not give up when those naysayers or negative minded people (yes we all know a few in our lives), try to discourage or as they say "hate" on your dreams or goals! When this happens, this is the time to call upon those likeminded individuals who are generally happy for and support your success.
So on this last day of 2014, I challenge you to not only make a list of S.M.A.R.T. goals, develop a plan for achieving and following through with them, but most importantly, make a list of individuals who you can count on to fill your tank and inspire you take it to the next level "when your get up and go has got up and gone" (as stated by Joyce Meyer)! They will help you get it back! Much success to you in 2015 on reaching your goals! I believe in you!


Happy New Year and thank you for your support!



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