Not many individuals do well without structure and accountability. Goals allow us to set schedules and make things happen that otherwise become futuristic ideas without any tangible evidence. Procrastinators are a unique breed of people. They love to wait until the eleventh hour to accomplish the task and perhaps make a few people agitated along the way. Usually they can create something very worthwhile but perhaps at the expense of some lost hours of sleep and productivity.
Ultimately I am accountable to two people, myself and my God. When it comes to the choices I make in life, and the goals I set, I want them to be ones that honour Him and bring credibility to who I am as a believer. If I am a testimony to others of what a faith filled life should exemplify I must be held accountable to my values, goals and beliefs.
This New Year I want to set some goals that I know are attainable, that stretch me, that make me dependent on my Father for the courage and strength to take the next step and I want to look back on 2012 and feel encouraged by what I was able to accomplish. If I do not meet my expectations I will not be a failure but instead will look at why this happened and use it to evaluate the obstacles.
The older I get I realize there are a lot of things I would like to do but unless I start setting some short term goals, they will not become reality. Excuses are not valid reasons for not making things happen. Laziness, fear and insecurities would be more likely causes for failure.
Start thinking about different areas of your life in your physical, emotional and spiritual environments and see how you could be stretched to grow deeper and more confident in who you are as a person. Write them down with a date beside the goals and then look back at what you were able to accomplish. You might be surprised how much you have grown in a year! You only grow as far as you raise the bar - so raise it high! Enjoy this holiday season and get excited about 2012. Live in the moment and make it happen.