By Jacky Howard, KPA dad
In the business world, now is the time of year that we start the process of evaluating the year and planning for next year. We spend time planning new goals and making a game plan to implement those goals. Goals are important. Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” As my kids get older, I want them to develop positive habits in goal setting and plan implementation for success. God has plans for each of us to succeed, according to Jeremiah 29:11, so let’s get His help in the whole process.
The first step is prayer. Since God has plans for you, it only stands to reason to ask Him for direction and vision. Matthew 6:33 and 1 Chronicles 28:9, clearly say to seek Him. We all need His clarity and If we seek Him, we get answers. Seek Him to eliminate worry, doubt and confusion.
Now let’s dream. Dream and get crazy. What is something you want, something that seems out of reach? Maybe your dream is a certain job, vacation or boldness to share the gospel. Maybe a new home, running a marathon or even writing a novel. It doesn’t matter, just dream and then write it in your dream journal. Yes, get a dream journal and write the dream down. You see, when you take a dream and write it down, it now becomes a goal. Kind of sneaky huh? God’s Word says in Habakkuk 2:2, Write down the vision and make it plain! Plus, studies show written goals have better chance of being obtained. Write it down.
PLAN and PRACTICE
Working backwards, we must create a plan. Read Psalm 20:4, 33:11 as part of seeking Him and your heart will align with the steps to get there. Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established. – Proverbs 16:3. Ask the Lord for the steps and wisdom to reach the goal. Set aside time to sharpen your skills in the direction God’s leads you. Read books and articles that educate you on the process. Practice the process and get good at winning the plan with a focus on the goal.
PERFORM, PLANT and PERSEVERE
Proverbs 10:4, 12:24, 27, 13:4, 20:4 and 21:5 say a diligent man will prosper but a sluggard will go hungry. Be diligent and expect God to bless your work with favor, wisdom, guidance and vision. Be prepared to shift direction if or when the Holy Spirit prompts. Seek His Word for wisdom then speak the Word into your Life. Seek the Word in all you do, then DO the Word! – James 1:22
Let the Word manifest in your soul so that anything short of God is unacceptable.
If you plant the Word, you are building success on God’s terms. It will bear fruit in every aspect of your life. For business or school, plants seeds and work your field. Look at your plan and stick to it. If you want to write a book, write a page a day. If you want to make the Honor Roll, study an extra few minutes each day. There are no short-cuts. Look to your plan and work it.
With Godly faith (Hebrews 11), turn up your Expector! If your attitude is negative it will not align with your Expector. If your Expector is not functioning at optimum momentum; you must change your attitude. In other words, if you expect to fail, odds are you will! Turn up your Expector and trust only in The Lord! Psalm 20:7
Be consistent, persistent and always remember your Dream! DO NOT GIVE UP OR GIVE IN.
PRAY and PROFESS
Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 Pray the Lord will keep you focused. Pray to be in the right place for God’s guidance. Pray for strength; remember it’s not your strength to succeed, but His! Pray for your peers, teachers, family and leadership. Distance yourself from the drama. – Psalm 20:5
Pray the plans God has set before you and believe, by Faith, you will prosper. Pray and speak GOD’s Word to fertilize and water your efforts and expect an abundant harvest.
Ask for your plan to succeed. We have not because we ask not. Luke 11:9-13; John 16:24
Don’t lose your dream, and honor God with your gratitude and abundance!