One Day at a Time

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It’s a brand new year. For all the resolution nay-sayers, the new year holds so much meaning to me! It’s a rather sacred time in my life… set aside for specific goals that I commit to making yearly with one of my dear friends (see this blog post for more on that annual discipline). However, I realize, many people feel disillusioned with the idea of trying (what feels pointlessly at times) to change themselves, stripping vices from their lives and accruing new healthy habits, as if trying them on for size guarantees a new favorite dress. Usually, I am ready to jump on January 1 like it is a trampoline, launching me into the new year with vigor. This year has been a little different. I have mulled over my goals, seeing how they feel, deciding which goals are worth pursing now, and which ones need to wait. Some people are overwhelmed by the sheer idea of setting goals or even sorting through their own dreams. The looming question always is: what if I fail? This is a valid and timeless fear to which no one is immune. My remedy to this fear, as well as to what I’ll call … Read More

5 Powerful Prayers to Pray Over Our Goals

Heather GillisFaith, Holiday, Prayer & FastingLeave a Comment

  Welcome Back!  The previous week we talked about how God helps us make plans for success.  Goal setting can be tough, because it asks tough questions about ourselves. Was I successful? What did I accomplish or haven’t accomplished in the past year? I hope you will share your goals and what word you picked for the year. Picking a word helps give our year more direction, purpose and vision not only for ourself but our families as well. The word I picked for 2017 is Victory. A journey of victory is not to be enslaved by our circumstances or ways of the world but to be victorious no matter what. Victory is such a powerful word. It encapsulates all areas of life, whether it be financial victory or victory from whatever is going on in the world, it is possible to be victorious when we have Jesus. Others have shared their word with me; Presence, Hope, Believe and Restored. Whatever your word is, I pray you are able to apply it to all areas of your life to live fully in your word that God has picked for you. Goal Writing Tips: When making goals ask yourself these two important questions. 1. Are these goals adding value to my … Read More

My Journey with New Year’s Resolutions

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January. It’s always kind of a bummer month in Alaska. The holidays are over, I am paler than ever, and probably a few pounds heavier from the holidays. It is cold and dark, and shaving my legs has become a habit of old. However, January holds one of my most sacred traditions — it is the month I dream and set and share my New Year’s goals. While it’s just another month to many, it is, to me, like a graduation ceremony, a symbolic culmination of one chapter and the commencement of the next. I have always loved the cycle of seasons and new days the Lord lavished on us when he created the world and the way it works. He gives away new chances like they don’t cost him a thing, and they arrive to us as bright and beautiful as the recent freshly-fallen snow. His constant creation of newness drives me to dream of what could be. When I was in college, I was a student to a very special professor. She has since passed away, but she inspired and helped develop a habit in my life that will be a part of her legacy. At the beginning of each semester, she challenged … Read More

Reaching Your Goal: Part 4, Stay Positive

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Goal: something you’re trying to do or achieve; the end toward which effort is directed So far we’ve discussed staying organized, staying inspired, and staying focused. Today, let’s chat about… Staying Positive: The power of encouraging thoughts/words.  The power of faith has been proven time and again. Believing in yourself is an important tool in reaching any goal or dream. The truth is, we can do just about anything if we try hard enough. My Mama always told me ‘you create your world with your words’. It’s our choice: be positive and see good happen, or be negative and live in defeat. Never say: I’ll never make it, this is too hard, it’s too much work, I don’t have a way to pay for it, I’m too stupid or dumb, I don’t have the right tools, no one will help me, there are too many complications, there is too much stacked against me, etc. Instead, say things like: Reaching a dream takes hard work and perseverance, anything is possible if I just believe, I am smart and dedicated, I’ve totally got this, look at how far I’ve come, I can do this, it will be worth it in the end, … Read More

Reaching Your Goal: Part 3, Stay Focused

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Goal: Something you’re trying to do or achieve; the end toward which effort is directed.  This month we’ve been exploring ways to stay motivated when trying to achieve a specific goal. We must be intentional and refuse to quit. But how do we do that? First, we talked about staying organized.Then we discussed staying inspired.Today, we’ll cover how to… Stay Focused: Keep a log of accomplishments along the way. Keep track of how far you’ve come. When you’re feeling discouraged, reminding yourself of where you used to be can help revive your determination. Mark each step off your list, one at a time. Thank goodness you’re not back at the beginning! You don’t have as much to overcome now. Remember often what you’ve accomplished so far! Jot notes in a personal journal. Many successful professionals keep a journal. I started journaling in high school and have found it very helpful. Every now and then I skim through it, remembering the struggles I went through and how I overcame them. The pride that comes from overcoming the past can fuel your efforts for the future. Carry a list where ever you go so you can easily reference it. This is only … Read More

Reaching Your Goals: Part 2, Stay Inspired

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Goal: something that you are trying to do or achieve; the end toward which effort is directed Reaching a goal takes perseverance, and staying motivated can be tricky. We must be intentional if we want to succeed. Last week I shared some tips on staying organized. This week, I want to share tips for finding inspiration. Stay Inspired: Keep Your Passion Alive! + Go outdoors; get some fresh air and exercise to clear your head. The cumulative pressures of life make it hard to think straight at times. Being physically active, surrounding ourselves with nature, and breathing fresh air can give us a better perspective on reaching our goals. Sometimes when I need some inspiration on a project, I take a long walk outdoors. + Find music, movies, or books that motivate and then focus on them often.Some forms of entertainment are meant to raise our spirits while others can cause us to feel down. If we’re getting discouraged, we can choose to listen to uplifting music, songs about achieving our dreams or something fun. We can watch a movie or read a book about someone who overcame the odds. If we focus on entertainment that brings us down, we’ll … Read More

Dreams And Goals: Are You Up For The Challenge?

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I’ve got some big things I hope to accomplish this year.  At a meeting over the weekend, I was reminded that God doesn’t call us to do as many things as we can. Our purpose is not busyness. He calls us to excellence.  That concept has helped me to narrow down exactly where to go; whatever He wants from me this year, I plan to not only do it, but do it well.  And I was reminded of a lesson God taught me a couple years ago. It’s good to have dreams and goals, but we can’t let them consume us. Several years ago I had the privilege of meeting Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, and hearing him speak at a writers conference. I purchased his new book, Me, Myself & Bob and took it home to read. It took me nearly a year to get the courage to read the book. Because honestly, I realized that weekend that I was quite similar to Phil in a lot of ways.  I knew God wanted me to learn from Phil’s mistakes. The book is about how Big Idea Productions, the producers of VeggieTales, grew into a huge company, and then … Read More