How’s 2014 Shaping Out For You?

Do you realize we are halfway through 2014? It is hard to believe, but we are. How is 2014 coming along for you? Has it been everything you hoped it would be? Nothing you hoped it would be? Maybe a little bit of what you believed it would be?



If the first half of 2014 hasn’t turned out like you had hope let me ask you another question: What have you done to cause that? Better yet: What haven’t you done to ensure 2014 is the best year yet? 

The truth is this, many people don’t set goals for what they want to achieve. Did you set any goals at the beginning of the 2014? I’m not talking about your New Year’s Resolutions, but goals for 2014.  


What the difference, you may be asking. Good question: a resolution is a decision or determination to do something; whereas a goal is the result or achievement toward which effort is directed.


A resolution means you decide to do something; a goal means you actually do something. A goal is what you are aiming towards, but it requires movement in order to achieve. When people set goals they set out specific plans to help those goals get achieved.


So, did you set goals you want to accomplish in 2014? If not, it isn’t too late. With the permission of the author, Dr. Chris Stephens, I am providing you with a valuable resource to help you finish the year strong. It is a growth plan he developed for himself and others to ensure growth in five important areas.


The areas of focus are: faith, family, fitness, fortune, and future.


I asked you how you were doing with your goals. I figured I would share my progress with you.


As part of a leadership development process I am going through I printed and filled out the one from Dr. Chris Stephens that I have provided. Since it is filled out ink and scanning it would be a little much, I wanted to give you 5 victories and 5 things where I need to improve.



Need Improvements

Year through the Bible is on track!

Scripture memory (should be 6 by now, but isn’t)

Fasting (did a Daniel Fast)

Evangelism to 8 people (15 for the year)

25 CDs, DVD’s, Podcasts (I have exceeded this through an R.C. Sproul teaching series)

Devotional times twice a week with my wife

Date Nights (had 12 as year’s goal, exceeded that already)

Sitting in silence

Father/son fishing trips (2 so far), playing at the park (about 5 or so), and hiking (1 time so far)

Write 2 more children’s books, and 2 more songs.


There are many areas where I need improvement. I have experienced victories throughout the first half of the year. One thing that has helped me is discipleship. I have a group of folks that hold me accountable for my goals. I honestly believe you need that too in order to be successful.


Print a copy of Dr. Chris Stephens growth plan, fill it out, give it to someone who will hold you accountable to ensure the last half of 2014 will be the best half of a year ever. It isn’t too late to get a plan.


I have set out a plan for how I want to finish this year. I know I want to complete certain things by the end of 2014. In order to do so I have to have somewhere to aim. A growth plan is your GPS to personal growth.



Leave me a comment below regarding your growth plan. If you don’t have one, that’s okay, now is the time to get one. How can I be helpful to you in the process? 

Personal Growth Plan
Growth Plan developed by Dr. Chris Stephens
Personal Growth Plan.pdf
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  • #1

    Andrea Mayfield (Sunday, 20 July 2014 10:37)

    This is awesome, Chris! Thanks for sharing! :)