Where do you want to be in 5 years? In 10 years?
How many times have you asked or been asked those questions?
Long-range planning is important. God often gives us a vision for what He wants to do through us way out in the future. In Habukkuk 2:2, He tells us to write those things on a tablet so we don’t lose heart. (Who knew the Israelites had iPads??)
But focusing only on long-range goals and plans can lead to frustration when our progress seems small and slow. We lose focus when we don’t feel the momentum.
We allow other things to distract us because, really, with years to accomplish something, what’s one month off in the big scheme of things?
But if you want to reach that 5 or 10 year goal, the things you do today will influence your ability to get there.
So what if we asked a different question?
That seems like such a short time. Not enough time to accomplish significant results when the dream is so big.
But don’t sleep on those results. In three months you could:
- Launch a blog
- Write the first draft of a book
- Lose 20 pounds
- Pay off your smallest debt
- Save up for a special trip
- Go from couch to 5K
String a few of those three months together, and all of a sudden, your big goal is starting to seem possible.
Setting three-month goals is as much about learning to be disciplined and consistent as it is about results. You don’t have time to mess around.
If you have a three-month goal in sight, these three strategies will help you get there.
With such a short time to accomplish something meaningful, you’ll need to be laser-focused on your goal. You may need to remove or temporarily set aside other activities and responsibilities.
This is the time to call in reinforcements. Can a family member help with things around the house? Can a friend handle your volunteer responsibilities at church? How about a co-worker taking some tasks off your plate? It’s time to put your blinders on and stay focused on the goal.
God made us to do life, work and ministry together. When we work on goals in isolation, we offer the enemy the opportunity to get in our heads with all kinds of negative messages. I don’t know about you, but my head gets scary enough with any extra input.
Find yourself a group of friends working on similar goals. You’ll find that you all face similar struggles, you hit the wall at the same point and the extra tool or resource that helped one person will likely help the others. There is strength in numbers. Use that strength to hold each other up.
Often when people want accountability, they are really thinking of a cheerleader.
Like on that day when you binged Netflix instead of writing your book chapter, you wanted your accounta-cheerleader to step in with pom poms blazing.
“That’s alright! That’s ok! You can write it any day!”
Or maybe a drill sergeant comes to mind.
“Drop and give me 500 words!”
Real accountability doesn’t allow excuses or pile on shame. It offers tough grace that says,
“You had a busy day with the kids yesterday and needed a rest. Now let’s make a plan for some quiet writing time tomorrow.”
Find someone who is willing to get in the mud of your bad habits and waning motivation with you and drag you out of it.
With focus, community and accountability, you’ll accomplish more in three months than you ever imagined. And you won’t need a super-fast tablet for that vision to come into view.
Christa Hutchins uses tough grace to equip busy communicators and leaders with project management and problem solving skills so they can turn their big ideas into a successful ministry or business. She lives in south Louisiana with her husband in their delightfully empty nest. Visit her at doanewthing to download other free resources for go-getter Jesus girls.
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9 thoughts on “Where Do You Want To Be?”
Thank you, Christa. I agree, when we only focus on long-range goals, the progress we make seems slow. Your article reminded me of a recent sermon by my husband about small steps. And how our daily habits are small steps that add up to bigger things and goals in our lives. How when we see and feel success in the small things, we dream of bigger things, shaping us into who we want to be in the future.
Thanks, Susan! Couch to 5K—that’s where I need to be in 3 months! Tweeted. Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!
Love the wisdom in this post. Short term goals will get us to our long term goals. Needed the reminder today. Blessings to you ladies!
Where, oh where? I am in a new season as it is! I am doing a new thing and am adjusting to widowhood already!! I am growing a new family through Christ and am moving into areas of newness through that already! I have more to ponder here! Thanks. I feel safe to go beyond the comfort zone!
Perfect timing, Susan! I retired in May to write full-time, and seem to have done everything but that. Thanks for sharing some tools to help me get on track.
I needed this motivation!
Great points! So often we just need to get in motion. Time is going to pass one way or the other. Why not make it count for eternity?
Love the “Do A New Thing” concept! I often have a million ideas for things I want to do but lack the motivation to actually put those ideas in motion.
Love it! “Drop and give me 500 words! LOL Blessings to you both!!
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