Its Possible With Gods Help
by Bryan Wagner
What have you always wanted to do, but have been afraid to try? If you
were granted one wish, what would you wish to achieve? What would you do
if you couldnt fail? You can achieve all of these things.
The only limitation is in your mind.
As a new year unfolds, everywhere around us there is talk about resolutions.
How to better ourselves in some way. I would like to let you in on something
that works better than a few New Years resolutions. It works and is a
major part of professional sports, Fortune 500 companies and in the lives
of any successful person. Goal setting. To perform at your best, no matter
what you do, you must set goals. Your mind goes to work immediately on
the goals you set so that you develop purpose and direction. The natural,
God given, success mechanism in your brain strives to reach that goal.
God calls us in His word to set goals in many different areas. In
2 Corinthians 5:9, the apostle Paul tells us to set a goal to please God.
In Phillipians 3:14, Paul also says I press on toward the goal to win
the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy
1:5 says The goal of this command is love and 1 Peter 1:9 talks about
the goal of our faith. God wants us to be the best in all areas of our
life and setting goals is the first step.
Why dont people set goals if God wants us to and it seems evident
that we can be successful? First of all, we dont know how to or we dont
see the importance. The encouragement of setting goals should start early
in life. Secondly, some have a fear of rejection. There is always someone
who tells us that wecant do this or we cant be that, so we need to keep
some of our goals confidential. Finally, many have a fear of failure, which
is the greatest stumbling block to success. We may not realize it, but
every single person in history failed at one time or another. It is impossible
to succeed without failing. Thomas Edison failed over 5,000 times before
he got his light bulb to work.
Here are some concepts of goals;
Everyone is about average in everything, so aim to be excellent
in something. Find your area of
excellence and concentrate on it. Find what you love to do and do
Have a balance of goals in all areas of your life. Goals should
be set in the physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual areas of your life.
Make your goals challenging, make them cause you to stretch.
Write your goals down on a 3x5 card. Make your long and short term
goals clear and in complete
Describe how you will benefit from achieving your goals. Your intensity
and belief will be greater
towards attaining that goal.
Set a deadline. You need to have something measurable and specific.
Identify obstacles to overcome. Large obstacles, when you write
them down, seem much smaller.
These obstacles also take your mind off of your goal.
Dont aim for specific awards or honors, they are too vague. Instead,
set your sights on the goals that
will enable you to achieve those awards.
So what are you waiting for? Get to it. Write down the thing you
desire and absolutely believe beyond
a shadow of doubt that you can obtain this goal. Goals have to be
realistic and believable, so if you have
a problem with this look to Gods Word. Look in Luke 1:37, where
it says For nothing is impossible
with God. Visualize yourself being and doing what it is you want
to be or do and remember, What is
impossible with men is possible with God.
Bryan Wagner is a former NFL punter. He played on several teams during
his career including the original
Cleveland Browns. Bryan currently works as a financial consultant,
and lives in Northeast Ohio, with his wife Robin and their three children.