by Medgina Saint-Elien
Hey guys! I hope everyone had an amazing start to the New Year.
One of the first things I thought of doing was writing down a list of goals that I want to achieve for the year and would help me in the future too.
I have a love/hate relationship with “goals” because it’s become a movement and not in a positive “go get ‘em tiger” way.
A girl posts a picture of her hair. #goals. A guy posts the details of what a perfect girlfriend would be. #goals. A litter of puppies in a basket. #goals. Do you catch my drift?
It’s time for your goals to become your current situation. Set realistic goals that serve importance to you and can actually happen. The ones I see glorified on social media don’t have to be mine.
So that means no fantasy Tumblr relationships or worshipping the fitness goals you set to achieve last year and didn’t.
The other day, I found myself passionately scrolling through a Twitter feed about dream vacation goals…why. I have NO clue! It was that daydream about a vacation I don’t deserve instead of actually getting work done.
The reality of situations suck at times but we have to wake up. Why should you end up with the perfect girl if you have commitment issues? How will you gain the perfect abs if you reach past the fruit for junk food?
Have you ever wondered why every year you end up with the same resolution? “Just wait on it,” you say, as if the year before wasn’t ready. Or the year before that. Or the year before that one.
You weren’t ready! But that’s okay. Make a commitment to sticking to your guns and seeing your goals through – not for e v e r y o n e else watching but for yourself.
We tolerate being swept away in the same old story, same old problems (spiritual, financial etc.) and act like the reasoning was beyond our own control.
Stop blaming God and see the bad habits within you. They’re what stop you from achieving what you want and focusing on the goals made popular by Pinterest.
Admit that yes, sometimes you pray when you need something instead of just to say thank you. Other days you buy yourself things that you don’t need and wonder why your bank account is screaming at you.
God has carved a path for you but you keep running off track.
Philippians 3:12-14 has a line that reads: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. If you want to concentrate on your growth, you can’t hold on to the mistakes, negative influences or goals that didn’t come to pass last year.
The verses in their entirety are about acknowledging that while you’re not perfect, you’re working on yourself with God’s help. There’s so much more to life and so many more doors that swing open when we let go of what everyone else is doing and see the bigger picture.
Life is constantly changing so you have to be able to see your goals through the plan that God has for you. He knows the ending before you do.
It’s not going to be easy but at least you know with God, you’ll have a constant coach, cheerleader and active spectator to applaud you the whole way and pick you up when you stumble.
Have a set of goals that mold you into the person you want to be and more. Know yourself, your value, your intention and prepare to check off your list.
There are a lot of things to leave in 2015 (p.s Adele’s album can be brought with you in 2016). Make sure the stereotypical social media #goals are one of the first to go and focus on you!