Setting realistic goals.
In years past, I’ve made resolutions to lose 1000 pounds, learn a foreign language, redecorate my house and quit being snarky … but I didn’t accomplish any of them cuz they were too big or too crazy or too vague.
Sustaining a big, hairy year-long goal is a daunting task. What if, instead of committing to 365 days, you made 30 day goals? Let’s face it, you can manage, tolerate or persevere through almost anything if you know it’s only for 30 days, can’t you?
Set 30 day goals for the win!
Truly, most of us know what we need to do or what we need to stop doing. We simply lack the drive or motivation or stamina to do it for the long haul. Even our spiritual superhero, Paul says in Romans 7:15, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
30 day goals are sustainable
Success rates for big goals are dismal. Can you really:
- Lose all the weight you’ve gained since you were 13?
But give up chocolate for 30 days?
- Read the Bible in a year?
Read a chapter every day for 30 days?
- Conquer all your debt?
Maybe not, but could you put 10% of your paycheck toward debt for next 30 days?
- Give up Netflix or Facebook or Candy Crush till 2023?
Cut back to 30 minutes a day for 30 days?
- Workout for hours every day?
Walk around the block everyday for 30 days?
Sign me up!
Whatever big dream you’re chasing in 2022, try tackling it (or a piece of it) with a series of 30 day goals! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at your results, and those results will perpetuate your momentum.
3 Tips to set 30 Day Goals.
- Pray for God’s will and strength to sustain and enable you.
- Choose a realistic 30 day goal. Something to jumpstart you to a bigger goal or break a pattern that is unhealthy or unattractive.
- Write it down and tell someone. If you can find a partner to commiserate and celebrate with all the better.
My 30 day goal for January is to book 5 speaking events to present a new series to lead women of all ages and spiritual maturity deeper in faith with Jesus. Here’s a summary of the sessions.
- Wonderful News – Jesus is the Wonderful Good News God provides for our eternal salvation, but there’s good news for us in our everyday life, too. Build a foundation of faith based on his promises and face every season of life with confidence and courage.
- Wonderfully Made – Discover the importance of building and living in community, surrounded and protected by God’s presence and his people as His Wonderful Child.
- Wonder No More About Prayer– Beyond grace at meals and quick bedtime prayers, there is an art to praying that surpasses childlike obedience. Remove common hindrances to hearing from God by replacing lackluster prayers with expectant petitions for strength, protection, rescue and healing. Discover how to ignite passion for daily communion with God.
- Share the Wonder – The best way to share the wonderful good news of Jesus is to conversationally share your story of how he’s been faithful to you. Use your story of rescue, redemption, provision or victory to embolden you for the next battle, encourage others to stand firm in their faith or put their faith in Jesus, and glorify God.
What’s your 30 day goal? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’d love to be your cheerleader.
Verse for today: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that whoever reads it may run with it.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3
Prayer: God, I want to be the best version of myself possible. Fill me with your Holy Spirit a fresh so He can lead and guide me. Surround me with others who will support and encourage each other. Mold me and make me more like you. I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13) Thank you, In Jesus Name amen.