Where Do You Want to Be in One Year?
By: Susan Deborah Schiller
"It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
We have come to our real work,
And when we no longer know which way to go,
We have begun our real journey."
– Wendell Berry
"Where do you want to be in one year?" asked my coach. Today I'm writing it down, and I hope you'll join me on this adventure if you haven't already put your own goals in writing!
In 2005 I co-partnered leading a business training class with Peter Stringham, who is now a Law of Attraction facilitator. He guided our group through writing goals for seven areas of our lives: family, work, spiritual, etc. Out of this groundwork we formulated our "Top 10 goals" for the coming year.
We wrote our "Top 10" in concise sentences that anchored our words to our future. We committed to writing our "Top 10" on paper (not computer) because the action of writing on paper is more powerful in our brains.
That was eight years ago, for me… and looking back, I've discovered that all of my goals have come to pass, not just once or twice, but every single time I've put my faith into action:
- I went from $320K in debt to currently being debt-free!
- My husband was miraculously healed of a spinal cord injury!
- I am now a writer, which has always been my passion!
- I am living in a land of mountains, rivers, and big skies… able to canoe, boat, fish, and hike!
I am grateful to God who showed me that "preparation" is the key to receiving blessings. Our belief is what brings us to God to ask for what we need, but faith without action is a dead faith! For example, to get out of debt, I joined a coaching program called "War on Debt" by Dani Johnson and I applied her teaching to my life.
Too many people stop short of taking action, once they have prayed for what they need or want. Too many people feel they are unworthy to even ask for big things!
“I forgive myself for having believed for so long that I was never good enough to have, get, be what I wanted.” – Ceanne DeRohan
This is a great place to begin… to know that God wants you to be happy! He wants you to be successful because it makes Him happy too!
What do you really want in your life? Forget about money. Forget about fear. Forget about anything that makes your dream seem impossible. We serve a BIG GOD who wants His Glory to fill the whole earth. When you're happy doing what you're passionate about it glorifies Him and it makes you SHINE! So go ahead… dream big!
Write it down. Let it be messy, not perfect. Taking action is what counts!
Your written goals, like your prayers, are the blueprint of your life. Whatever you speak (or write) is what you get. You are creating your world, one word at a time.
What happens if you DON'T write down your goals? You live by "default".
A lifestyle by default results from sub-conscious negative "I AM" statements that were programmed in your mind from infancy… "I'm no good." or "I can't do that." or "I don't have enough time." or "I don't have the money for that." or "I always get the short end of the stick." Studies show that the majority of us have negative thoughts 80% of the day!
Could that be why our prayers sometimes go unanswered, or are delayed?
Christians sometimes call it "waiting on God" when they pray and nothing happens. As I was praying one day, I sensed God's tender voice reminding me, "Little One, you're waiting for me and the answer is slow in coming because I'm waiting for you!"
I had faith but no resulting action to support my faith!
We get in our own way so many times! God speaks when we can quiet our own souls, silencing our own head chatter. One day I heard Papa God say:
I want to be your hero. Apart from Me you can do nothing. I must be your highest desire, your highest aspiration. Dare to dream big dreams. Partner with Me – Let Me be your strength and power day to day. Press in. I have highly favored you. You have an appointment with Destiny. Breakthrough. Have no fear. I will rescue you, Little One.
So this year, I'm charting a new course for my life. It means writing down new goals as I quiet my soul and listen to God's whispers.
There is science, as well, that supports writing down our goals.
Research … shows that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals.
At the end of every day, take time to celebrate the sprouts that are beginning to spring up from the soil you've planted those words into. No matter how small or seemingly insignificant your "small step" toward your goal may appear, take time to fertilize that sprout by recognizing it and thanking God for it. You took action – you were a success today!
You're creating your world!
Hey, I'm going to be accountable to you today… I'm going to write my own goals down in the comment box below. I encourage you to join me by sharing 1-2 (or more) of your goals with me today!
With all my love,
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