Setting goals and staying on track

At a business conference I attended on Saturday, one of the speakers taught about setting goals. She said it was important to set 90-day goals and then break those down into 30-day and 1-week goals. She said if you don’t plan to do what you need to do, you’ll only do what you want to do or what’s urgent at the moment. I wholeheartedly agree.

I started making business goals for the next 90-days yesterday. It was much easier for me to make goals for the next two weeks and month than it was for 90-days. Where do I want to be in 90-days?

      • Finished with my Life Coach Certification
      • Finished setting up the 3 books for authors I’m currently working with
      • Completed at least 1 speaking engagement and scheduled for at least 1 more speaking engagement
      • Healed from my broken ankle

Now that I have a few goals, I’ll spare you the rest and the breakdown of the 30-day and 1-week goals!

When I graduated with my Master’s degree, someone gave me a book called 5. It basically asks the question, where do you want to be in 5 years? In 5 years, I’ll be 35. That scares me to death because I feel like I haven’t accomplished the things that I want to yet, and honestly, it’s difficult for me to have a vision of where I want to be in 5 years.

When it boils down to it, I know that it’s okay that I don’t have a vision for the next 5 years because God has a vision for me. I can plan and scheme all day about what I want to do and what I want to make happen, but God may have other plans entirely.

So, my business advice on goal setting and staying on track? Pray daily. Ask God to give vision and clarity for what He wants to come of my business. Ask God to open and close doors, and trust Him with my goals, dreams and plans.

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, Link247. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope bookstore & publishing services. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.

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