Ready…Set…Goals!

Time is moving so fast! Can you believe we are in the middle of March? I enjoy this season; flowers and trees are beginning to bloom, and daylight savings time is here! Each year I look forward to the changes spring brings.

Since I am writing about the incoming season, I thought I would ask you a question. How are you doing with the goals you set for yourself this year? Are on track? Have you stalled? Are you happy with where you are? Have you given up? Did you create any goals?

I believe this will be a year of great release, but I also believe many of those releases will not manifest if we are not diligently doing our part. No matter where you are in the process, I hope you are moving. Movement is so important. When we move we are making progress regardless of how small the movement is.

One of my goals this year is to lose 50 pounds. I said to myself last year, that no matter what, I was going to get the weight off. I tried many things, but nothing I tried was working, so I decided to join a gym and three weeks ago I did. It has been the best thing. I already lost four pounds in two weeks and I only did the treadmill for 60 minutes four days a week. When I lost those four pounds I felt liberated! I know I looked insane in front of my doctor when I got weighed, but I could not help it. I saw movement and movement gives you the fortitude and faith to keep going. A couple weeks ago, I met with a trainer who gave me wonderful information and I have already incorporated her knowledge and expertise into my workout. I am excited!  

I want to encourage you. If you have fallen off in terms of your goals, get back up and finish! Don’t give up. Keep moving forward. If you got off track, get back on. Write the book, start the business, start the ministry, go after your dream job, lose the weight, strengthen your walk with Christ. Whatever your goals are get started and keep going. You don’t want December to get here and have regrets.

If you haven’t created any goals create one right now! However, as you plan remember Proverbs 16:3, which states, “commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Now, please know there will be setbacks. I am not saying this to discourage you, but to let you know that whenever we attempt to do better, there will always be a pull to either stop or hinder you, but please don’t let it. If you have experienced setbacks, get back up and keep fighting.

Map out your goals and write down the steps so you may finish before the year is out! Whether you use a vision board, PowerPoint, or just a plain piece of paper, writing down what you want to do is important as it is a small step towards the final goal.

Remember small steps over time become giant leaps!

Love you all,

Darlene
#healedtospeak

Your Beginning Is Now!

I hope you each had a memorable Thanksgiving!

Each Thanksgiving, before the New Year begins, I take time to look over the year to view my accomplishments or failures. I think about what I can improve right now as opposed to waiting for January 1st to roll in. I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions; however, I do believe in setting long-term and short-term goals.

For the most part, I am happy to see some of the accomplishments I have made; but I am also disappointed in areas where I had setbacks whether self-inflicted or not. However, it will not hinder me from making the necessary changes before proceeding into the New Year.

I would like to share a few steps that I have already taken to make changes. First, it starts with your mind and it must be renewed in order for true change to take place; therefore, do your best to stick to a plan to accomplish both your spiritual and natural goals. Second, embrace the process. There is no such thing as a lofty goal; however, we can potentially self-sabotage by not taking little steps to get to the long-term goal. For example, my goal at the beginning of this year was to lose 30 pounds. When I started, I was all in and full of excitement. I began exercising regularly, eating less and I stopped eating meat. However, at about the two-week mark, I was frustrated because I only lost one pound. I thought, “this does not work” so I went back to my old lifestyle, which was actually an old way of thinking. But, later this year, I made my mind up and put the word of God on my goal of getting healthy and though it is still difficult sometimes, I am seeing results…and I don’t miss eating meat (that was the easy part)!

Finally, it is important to get an accountability partner. Someone you can trust who will help keep you on track; not hinder you. It is never a good idea to have someone who is struggling with the same issue as you. Ask me how I know!

Your goal may not be to lose weight, but no matter what it is, write the vision, make it plain, and write out baby steps on how you will get there. If you make a mistake, do not stop, keep going. As you begin seeing results, it will encourage you to continue moving forward. So…when that little voice in your head tells you to stop, use it as a weapon to overcome the obstacles you are faced with. The voice is only there to discourage you, which lets you know you are on the right track!

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (NIV).

Love you all,

Darlene
#healedtospeak