4 Essential Steps To Achieving Your Goals This Year

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Have you ever met anyone who didn’t want to be great? I can only think of a few people who have  said “ I just want to be ordinary, I don’t want to make a mark on the world, and I want to fade into the shadows”.

Unfortunately, some people are living life right now feeling as if they are fading into the shadows and that they aren’t making a difference in the world. This does not have to be true for you! But in order for you to walk in greatness, you have to be prepared.

So the question is how do you prepare? How do we get to our place of greatness? As God was forming us in the womb he saw our moment of greatness.  How do we find ourselves in the moment that God saw when he created us?

Visualize:

Visualize your greatness. Stop seeing yourself as stuck in your current state of life. After all, how can you prepare for something if you don’t know what the something is? It would be like going a trip and asking for directions but not knowing your final destination. You would just wander aimlessly and accomplish nothing.

God has a way of showing you your potential for greatness. It is usually something that we don’t share with many people because we think it’s too big for us. We shouldn’t be discouraged by this, but encouraged. Of course it is too big for us, it is God’s vision and he is using us as his vessel.

God gave Abraham a visual of his future and it was breathtaking!

“He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Genesis 15:5

God’s vision for you will probably take your breath away! Take note of the thoughts and images that God puts in your head concerning your purpose. Write those things down or find a creative way to display those dreams so that you see them daily.

Submit:

We must submit our dreams to the Lord. We can make dream boards and business plans all day long but if these dreams are not from the Lord then we can’t expect His help to make them succeed.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails”. Proverbs 19:21

Bring all your dreams and desires to the Lord. When we gave our life to him, we gave up the right to do things on our own terms. As our Lord, He has the authority to tell us which dreams to pursue and which ones to leave alone. He knows what is ultimately best.

Educate Yourself: 

According to Hebrews 13:21, God will equip us in every good thing to do His will. However, we must continually seek out knowledge and skills so that we can accomplish the greatness that God has planned for us.

For example, God may be calling you to start a non-profit but that doesn’t mean that you know everything that is needed to start one. Be wise and seek out answers, ask for help, network and sharpen your skills. If you are constantly saying that you want to start a business, but you have never taken a course on business or learned how to manage a budget then you are not preparing yourself for greatness.

Expect It: 

You have to believe in your own mind that you can achieve greatness. If you believe it, then you will begin to expect it! Your actions will show that you are expecting your dreams to be fulfilled and God will honor that.

In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3

So if you are expecting greatness, let your actions show it! Walk with your head up! Speak positive truths, be wise in your decisions and align yourself with those will support your dreams.

Today could be the first day of the rest of your life! Walk in the greatness that God has planned for you.

Nina Elaine Borum is a speaker, author and coach. She loves to encourage, inspire and motivate women. Nina currently resides in Nashville.
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