So, it's the start of a New Year and you've decided that 2015 will actually be your best year ever. Congratulations, I am sure it will be.
Here's a question for you to think about: what plans do you have in place to ensure its going to be the best year you've ever experienced? What's your vision?
Do you have a vision for 2015? If you don't let me share a great verse from the Bible:
Proverbs 29:18 (NASB) says,
"Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law."
It is important that you have a vision for your life. Your life gets a new start each day. Regardless of what you do on April 3 that derails your growth plan, April 4 is a new day. And by the end of 2015 you will accumulate 365 new days. Hopefully these new days will lead you to have a great 2015. It is important to set your goals for the year now.
These goals aren’t necessarily things you will do, but things that will help you grow in your faith, family, work, and other areas of your life.
There are many templates available for setting goals. The fact of the matter is that it doesn't matter whose template you use. It just matters that you use a template to grow in your life.
5 Key Areas To Focus On
Below are five areas you can focus on. These areas come from Dr. Chris Stephens, whose template I linked to above. I believe these five areas are vitally important for you to focus on.
Your walk with God needs to be first and foremost. God's greatest commandment is to love Him with everything you have. How can you love God if you don't know Him? How can you know Him if you don't spend time with Him?
Set some goals on how much time you will spend reading God's Word. Set a time frame you will spend with God in prayer, meditating on what He is telling you.
Your life with your family is greatly important too. Take some time to set a few tangible goals you can have to maximize the time you spend with your family.
How will you spend mornings? What will you do with your children on the weekends? How about dating your spouse, if you’re married? Do you have any outings you wish to go on to getting away from everything around you? Do you have a hobby you want to take up in 2015?
Consider your health too. According to the CDC, in 2013 no state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Nearly half the states in the U.S. have a prevalence of obesity between 25 - 30%. It is likely time for you to get in shape. I know it is for me! Even if you're not obese, could you lose a few pounds?
Consider a few of these goals to add to your personal growth plan: I will run 5 miles per week for the first quarter of the year, then 10 miles per week for the second quarter. Adjust this accordingly for your unique goal to help you grow personally.
Another fitness goal can be to eliminate sugar for a 21 day period. Drink only water during that time.
You would be amazed at the energy you gain by exercising and eating healthier. I was. During a 21 day Daniel Fast I lost nearly 10 pounds, felt more energetic, and had a happier disposition on life.
Money is a big stress point for people. There's a good chance it's yours too. Even if it's not necessarily a huge issue for you, you still wish you had more, right? You want to be debt free, save money for a nice down payment on a vehicle, and whatever else you have going on with your money, or lack of it.
Set goals of how much you want to save by when. How much you want to pay off by when.
Finally, your future. Do you know why God put you on the earth? What is your purpose? A large part of your purpose is to honor God, glorify Him, and do the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
As you consider your future ask yourself these questions, and think of others too.
1. What are your achievements?
2. What do you like?
3. What are your spiritual gifts?
4. What are you drawn too?
5. What are you good at doing?
6. What is it your care about?
7. What experiences do you have?
In order to know where you want to go, you have to know where you've been. Once you determine where you've been, you have to know why you want to go where you want to go.
Why are these goals you set so important to you? Think about your future. Although this section is called Future, the entire process of setting a personal growth plan is considering your future.
Have You Set Up A 2015 Growth Plan?
Did you set a growth plan this year? If you haven't started one yet, it's not too late. It's never too late to set a personal growth plan. This post has focused on the year. If a full year growth plans seems daunting, how about setting a one month growth plan? Then another for February, then another for March, and so on and so forth.
Just get started!
Let me know what you think.
Leave me a comment about your plans for 2015.