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New Year, No Fear
– Goal Setting for 2017 –

January 1, 2017
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Happy New Year!!

It’s a New Year, and with that means a brand new fresh start. Most people will be making New Year’s Resolutions, and although I do love the idea of resolutions, there’s another form of personal accomplishment that I much prefer…goal setting.

The concept is fairly new for me, since last year was the first year I decided to set yearly goals for myself. But I must say, I truly loved the focus and clarity it gave me of having a vision for my year.

It forced me to sit down and ask myself what I wanted and where I wanted to be in a year and well…that really took some thought. What do I want to do? What do I want to achieve? I didn’t know the answers to those questions, which made it even more exciting to me…the sky’s the limit! No one has to see your goals but yourself, so why not dream big?!

After all, you can’t set out on a journey without first knowing the destination. Where’s your destination? What are your goals? What are your dreams?

First Step: DISCOVER Your Goals

What I love about our God is, He wants you to dream big! He wants the best for his children, and in Psalm 2:8 he says, “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”

When Jesus died for us, he said, “My purpose is to give them life, and life in abundance.” John 10:10

He doesn’t want us to merely live, but to live abundantly!

If you have no idea where to even start, I encourage you to ask God for direction. If you don’t know what your goals should be, or if you have a goal but it seems so big you don’t even know where to begin…pray for direction. For Proverbs 3:6 says, “Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take”.

ORGANIZE Your Goals by Category

When creating my goals, I decided it made the most sense to break my goals down by categories. There are many different categories to choose from, but ultimately, it depends on what is important to YOU. I’ve listed some examples below that are quite popular:

– Business/Career – Education
– Health/Fitness – Spiritual
– Finance – Fun/Adventure
– Romance/Love – Family/Friends
– Personal Development – Social


WRITE Down Your Goals
By writing down your goals, it forces you to clarify what you want, and it creates a sort of accountability to see them come to fruition. Even if you don’t know how it’s going to happen at the moment, there’s power in knowing what you want, and writing it down helps it become a reality.

Set SMART Goals

I truly believe it is important to dream big, for in Matthew 19:26 Jesus says, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”. However, it’s equally important to set specific and measureable goals, to achieve your overall big goal.

If your goal is to run a marathon, you wouldn’t simply wake up one day and run it (well you could, but I wouldn’t recommend it). You would need to research which marathon you want to run, and when it is. Then create a training program and set weekly and monthly goals, so your body is conditioned properly to achieve the ultimate goal of running 26.2 miles.

ASK God and PRAY for it to Come to Pass

In the book of Ester 5:6 the King says to Esther, “Now tell me what you REALLY want, what is your request? I will give it to you, even if it is half the kingdom!” Have you ever felt the Lord saying to you, what is it you REALLY want? Ask of me, and I will give it to you.

I wonder how often we don’t receive what we want simply because we haven’t asked for it. For James 4:2 says, “You have not, because you ask not”.

BELIEVE in God’s Promises and Timing

Have you been praying for breakthrough in your career, or are you ready to meet the man of your dreams and you just can’t seem to find him? Despite relentless goal setting, and dreams, and prayers, when things don’t happen when we want them to happen, it can be discouraging. Trust me when I say, I completely understand.

This is why it’s important to believe in God’s promises and trust in His timing. This is often easier said than done, but that’s why I love the Word of God to lift me up. Mark 9:23 says, “Anything is possible if a person believes”. Not some things are possible, but anything is possible.

What are you goals for 2017? Discover them, write them down, pray for them, and believe in them. Don’t let fear or doubt hold you back. Mark 5:36 says, “Do not fear, only believe!”

This year’s YOUR year, dream BIG dreams!

What are your goals for 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

TIFFANY NICOLE

Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

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    Taylor
    January 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I love this! Such an inspiration for the new year and a good reminder to lean on God! Good luck on your new year and for kicking off your new blog. I hope it brings inspiration and light to people. Tiffany, you have such a heart for God and I’m so proud of you for following God’s calling in your life. It can be scary to accept God’s calling because you’re not sure where it will lead you, but you are a perfect representation of a Christ follower and a great advocate for God’s word. You inspire me!! Thank you for your vulnerability.. I LOVE YOU!!

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      travis
      January 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      blog-tastic advice!

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    Jimmy
    January 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Great blog!! I loved that you are leaning on God and following where He takes you. You are an inspiration and I will set goals this year.

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