No, I’m not talking about relationship goals or best friend goals or even food goals..I’m talking about S.M.A.R.T goals! The goals you need in order to set yourself up for success.
Everyone has a dream, a passion, a goal or an idea. Some act on their goals and pursue them and some think of all the reasons and excuses why they aren’t going for their goal. The biggest reason that people don’t go for their goals is failure. We are too afraid that when we want to start something, we will fail.
“I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The lightbulb was an invention with 1,000 steps. Great success is built on failure, frustration and even catastrophe.”
I struggle with goals big time. About 3 months ago, at a Student Leader meeting for my youth group, the Move, our leader, Lacey rolled out some black butcher paper and we were given chalk, we all had to write down one S.M.A.R.T goal that we need to work on and hopefully complete by the end of the year. I wrote down, “start Bible study group”. This past week at the Move, our pastor was talking about fear and the fear of failure and I had thought about my goal I had set for myself. I haven’t thought about it in over a month. That’s too long! And it’s not that I just forgot, it’s that I had thought of so many excuses and reasons that it won’t work. First, I was too busy, second, my friends were too busy, third, where will we have this where it’s convenient for us? I could name like six more reasons but I’ll spare you ;). I was so caught up with all of the reasons not to host a Bible study when I should-be been thinking about the reasons why I should be hosting a Bible study. To grow closer and learn more about God, to have fellowship with like-minded girls, and drink yummy coffee!
So now this week after tons of prayer, I am going to order the study books and I am going to step out with big faith and do what I’ve been wanting to do, not only for me but for God and for the benefit of the other lovely girls that I will have the privilege to dive into the word with!
Failure is not the end. We learn something each time we fail.
Failure is an event. Not a person.
You are not a failure.
As we get older, our biggest pain is not failure, but regret of the goals that we didn’t finish.