Forget resolutions! There are better ways to set and hit your goals, especially if you’re a person of faith. It starts with a vision.
Why I flipped the switch on goal-setting
I’ve signed up for countless programs, webinars, and courses. Some I paid for and some were free. There was only one problem. None of them worked for me.
The problem with most of the standard techniques like SMART goals and “manifesting” (aka “Law of Attraction”) is that they leave God out of the equation. In both of those cases, you are creating your own goals and visions – and asking God to bless them. Or not.
What I do now
Now, I sit with God first. I may close my eyes or I may drum. And I wait for instructions. How do I know if it’s me or God? Confirmations usually come from Bible verses, other people with prophetic gifts, and sometimes dreams, visions, and even music lyrics. Often, it’s things I wasn’t thinking of or that are way bigger than what I ever imagined.
Other things that may help:
- Review: What worked last year – and what didn’t.
- Reflect: What brought you joy and what drained you?
- Re-read last year’s journal entries. What came true and what ideas were you given that you either forgot about or just never did?
- Select Your Word of the Year. This is a word that will define your year in some way. It’s usually a verb. My word this year is “Activate” (my gifts, mission, and relationships).
Moving that vision forward
Ok, so maybe you’ve written out your goals or did a vision board, or bought a spanking new planner with loads of stickers and markers. You’re ready to rock, right? Nope.
It’s like making a resolution to lose weight (or learn how to play drums!). Thinking about it isn’t enough. You have to actually do something to move that goal forward. Even small steps are good! Consistency is the key. Just like in drumming, you have to keep a steady beat!
If you have trouble focusing or finishing things, then you may need some help. Reach out to someone who can help you keep the train on the tracks or hold you accountable. I do way more than drum therapy, btw! If I’m not a good fit, that’s fine. I have loads of people I can recommend.
But you have to take that first step! Click here and snag a spot on my calendar for your free, 30-min. strategy session!
What’s your word of the year? Drop a comment below!
Dori Staehle lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is a mentor, motivator, drum therapist, Christian author and speaker, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. Dori offers interactive wellness and empowerment programs that rock. She specializes in seniors, special needs, and female Christian entrepreneurs. Virtual and in-person programs are available. Click here to schedule a call to find out more!