My 5 Favorite Tools to Help You Stay Focused on Your Goals
I have utilized this tool from Cultivate What Matters for going on 4 years now. At first, I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant to pay what felt like a lot of money for a goal setting notebook thingy. But after seriously integrating them into my monthly routine and daily life, I don’t want to go without them.
They walk you through a deep, soul aligning, dream God dreams kind of goal setting process at the beginning of the year. Then, each quarter you do a “goal refresh” (because who can REALLY plan out their entire year in advance). Monthly, you will reflect and set specific monthly goals. But I think the REAL value is in the monthly Tending List. I keep mine out on my “command center” table where I can look at it multiple times per day.
2. A Planner
You don’t HAVE to spend a ton of money on a planner. Although I have turned into a bit of a planner snob and I do buy a more expensive one, you really don’t have to in order to see the benefits of one. I know for me, that I get frustrated and completely off track if I don’t at least have a general idea of what I need to do each day (or at least attempt to do) that will move me closer to my goals.
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3. A Vision Board
Terri Savelle Foy just has THE best teaching about vision boards. I read her book “Dream It Pin It Live it” last year and it transformed the way I use AND see success with a vision board.
My vision board is in our bedroom where I see it multiple times per day. Utilizing pictures and positive, present tense statements about what goals I will accomplish has made a big difference as well.
And then God answered: “Write this.
Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
pointing to what’s coming.
Habakkuk 2:2-3a Msg
4. A Notebook
This is a tip I learned from Terri Savelle Foy (are you seeing a trend) and she credits it to Brian Tracy. Take your handy dandy cheap-o notebook and write your top 10 goals in it every day for 30 days. The trick is, that you’re not allowed to look back at the goals you wrote down the day before. If you forget a goal, fine. Focus on the ones you can remember. I’ve seen great results doing this, and the best part is, it’s pretty much free.
I love that we live in a world with so much easily accessible quality education. Seriously, all you have to do to learn about something or stay motivated is download a podcast on the subject, put your earbuds in and go about your day. It’s amazing!
Don’t get me wrong, I love reading and still highly recommend it, but take advantage of podcasts! They are so easy to consume while you are doing a mundane task or commuting to work.
I’ll leave you with this:
Pslam 37: 4-5 TPT
Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life,
and he will provide for you what you desire the most.
Give God the right to direct your life,
and as you trust him along the way, you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!
When you and I are truly pursuing the heart of the Father, we don’t need to be all worked up over whether our goals are of The Lord or not. If they are not, he’ll show us. Unless your goal is in direct contradiction to the Word, then go on and chase it! But set yourself up for success and utilize some of these very valuable tools to help you stay focused on those goals that really do matter.
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