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4 Ways to be Intentional with Your Goals

Though we are already a little over 2 weeks into the new year, let me say Happy New Year! The fact that we made it, is a major blessing. Now, this is usually a time where we reflect over the past year and determine how we want the new year to be different. In this post, I will discuss 4 ways to be intentional with your goals for 2021 and beyond.

 

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new year vision I have set goals and created a vision board in previous years. Since it was my intention to work towards my goals, I thought making a pretty board to look at each day would help motivate me to actually making things happen. In all honesty, it did not. I have since found that you need more than just having something nice to look at it every day. You need steps to follow.

 

4 Ways to be Intentional with Your Goals

 

I don’t know about you, but coming out of 2020 hit me a little differently than in previous years. It may have a lot to do with me hitting different milestones this year or from reflecting back on what I learned during the quarantine. Either way, I am determined to make actual progress on the goals I set for myself.

 

1) Goal Setting

 

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What does this actually mean? Well, this is when you have a goal in mind that you want to accomplish and you set your life up in a way that will foster the growth you want to see.

 

You may have heard about the S.M.A.R.T method. I have a video below that goes over how this works. It was made prior to the pandemic, so know that I did almost nothing that I spoke about. I did however get hooked on TikTok, but I digress.

 

 

 

 

2)Reverse Engineering

 

Start with where you see yourself in 5 years then work your way back to where you are currently. This will create a map of what you need to do to get to your ultimate goal.

 

For example, you have a goal to have $5,000 in your savings account within the next 5 years. First, ask yourself why is that a goal you want to accomplish? Is there a purpose behind it? Does it benefit more than just yourself? Will it bring glory to God if it happens?

 

Once you understand your why, now it’s time to figure out how to make it happen. If you break it down, you would need to save $1,000 each year. Okay, now what? In order to save $1,000 this year, you would need to save about $84 each month. 

 

From here, set a budget for the month. (Click here for the budget planner that I am using to help me stay on top of my finances). After paying all of your household bills, transportation expenses, and daily living needs, what do you have leftover? Do you need to cut back on eating out, grabbing a coffee here and there, going to the gym, or your monthly nail appointment? 

 

What’s More Important?

 

I understand that you may not want to sacrifice some of your treats but at the end of the day, what is a priority for you? Satisfying your want for the time being or reaching your goal in 5 years? Go back and revisit your why if you need motivation.

 

So this is how reverse engineering works. It takes a big and sometimes unbelieving goal and breaks it down to a bite-size achievable target.

 

3)Put It Into Action

 

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So now that you have the steps laid out, it’s time to take action. What good is it to just have your plan written? You need to do the dag gon’ thang! Make your own coffee. Buy a nail kit, like this one, that will allow you to do your own manicures at home. Cook! After all, you bought groceries so put them to use. (I’m preaching to the choir.)

 

4) Focus

 

Although this may seem simple, focusing can be one of the hardest things to do. In my opinion, here is where the vision board may be of good use. Instead of just putting aesthetically pleasing pictures on it, add your why and the steps to take on it as well.

 

At the end of the day, take a look at it and ask yourself what did you do throughout the day to get you closer. Instead of aimlessly scrolling on social media for hours, sit down and look over your bank transactions to make sure you’re staying on budget. 

 

I know it’s easy to get caught up on a good Netflix show but have you taking some time to talk to God and pray for the strength to continue on your journey to success? Have you asked for clarity on where you can do better? This is what I mean by getting focused.

 

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The Bible encourages us to keep our eyes on the prize that’s set before us. Distractions are all around and the enemy wants nothing more than for you to make his job easier and distract yourself. So at the end of the year, you look back and see that you didn’t meet any of your goals. Now you’re wondering if it was ever a part of God’s plan for your life. However, it was only a clever trick from Satan to get you to doubt God and yourself.

 

Be Accountable

 

As I write this, it is not only to help you on your journey but to help myself as well. It’s going to take some time to think everything out and lay out all the steps. In the end, I’m looking forward to it all being worth it once I see the results of my labor. What about you?

 

If you want to make a commitment to making this year one like no other, comment below and let me know I’m not alone. And if you have other ways in which you set goals, feel free to share.

 

 

In Relentless Pursuit,

 

Brandi Michelle

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