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Today is all about S.M.A.R.T. goal setting and how it shakes out in practical abidance in Christ. You can double back to re-read Part 1 by scrolling down. It's listed just below this blog.
First, a little background information you may or may not find interesting. S.M.A.R.T. goal setting first appeared in the November 1981 issue of Management Review. "There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management goals and objectives." was the title and it was written by George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham. www.smart-goals-guide.com/smart-goal.html
What does any of this have to do with you? A lot if you desire to abide in Christ in a way that brings lasting and longed for change. Think of it this way. God may be Boss, but you are still called to manage your own life. When life is unmanageable, you have to start somewhere. And that somewhere begins with an honest inventory of where you are now and where you aspire to be later.
Because you cannot overcome what you deny.
Need a job?
Your S.M.A.R.T. goal setting might begin like this:
S-specific [What is your skill-set. This will help determine what types of jobs to apply for.]
M- measurable [How many applications do you intend to fill out daily or weekly?]
A - achievable [Is this achievable? Do you have access to a computer? If not, can you get to a public library or apply on site at a company computer?]
R- realistic [If you're in counseling or just started medication for anxiety, A high-pressure, quick-paced job is not realistic for you at this time.]
T- time-bound [Ex. I intend to be gainfully employed 45 days from today's date.]
Alternatively, let's say "where you are" is emotionally unstable due to an abusive relationship.
S- specific [I need outside intervention/help to leave an abusive relationship]
M- measurable [What organizations in my area offer help to abused women? How can I access them or implore the help of a friend or church to make contact on my behalf?]
A- achievable [Can you get there? Do you meet the criteria if say, they offer transitional housing?]
R- realistic [If you are too overwhelmed to make contacts, be realistic, ask someone to come alongside you in the process. You'll be less likely to give up.]
T- time-bound [What actual date are you leaving.]
The thought of goal setting can be overwhelming. I know. But the odd thing is, once you get it out on paper, you won't feel so powerless. You'll begin to see more clearly.
Next, add supporting scriptures to your smart goals. Know that every baby step you take you do not take alone.
- "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31: 6)
- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)
- "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." (Mark 5:34)
- "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31a)
- "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in your weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
See what I mean? I don't have a thing against a "princess mindset." Yes, in Christ you are a princess. But if you want to see lasting change it's going to take more than a pink bumper sticker, a plastic tiara, and your favorite bible verse in whimsical font hanging over your bed.
If you do the math. You won't regret it!
We get better together,
Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 @ 4:30 PM CDT