It's crunch time with our goal setting. I mean now is that time that you are either going to go for broke or throw in the towel. You may have already thrown in the towel. You may not have even set any goals for the New Year because you knew you were going to throw in the towel, so you figured, "Why even bother?"
I posted on a short video about this idea last week but wanted to give a little more attention to it here. The success of our goal setting is all about our "Heart". You may have encountered the "Obstacle of the Heart" in the past. The obstacle of the heart can flatten you pretty quickly.
You've been there: things get busy, you get tired, you get distracted, you get bored and the first thing to fly out the window are your goals.
Fill in the blank: In 2018 I really wanted to start ________________ or I really wanted to stop _______________.
What happened? Well, it's likely that your heart was never in it in the first place. It's the difference between, "Yeah, that'd be cool if I could start doing this or stop doing that." and "Oh my goodness, I absolutely have to do whatever it takes to make this or that a reality."
It's about discovering the "Why" of what you've set out to do accomplish. If you're "Why" is insignificant than the outcome of your goals will likely be insignificant as well. I would even go so far as to say that if your "Why" isn't significant then you will likely be exactly where you are now in 1 year.
You have to figure out your "Why" because that's what give you heart and when you have heart, you'll push through when things get tough at crunch time. The question really isn't "Where's your heart?" The question is better phrased, "Where's your treasure?"
Matthew 6:21 says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
This verse gives us the idea that we need to work backwards to discover a truth. You see when you discover the answer to the question, "Where's your treasure?" then you truly discover where your heart is and when you discover where you're heart is, you begin to realize why accomplishing your goals is so tough or hopefully so easy.
So how do you figure out where your treasure is?
The answer to that question is found in how you spend your time, what you think about, what you're willing to sacrifice for, what you listen to, what you watch, who you try to impress.
Those are the things or people you truly treasure. If what you treasure doesn't line up with your goals then something has to change...and it shouldn't be your goals. Allow God to impress upon you His goals for your life and then make moves to line up your treasures with those goals.
What's in your heart is made real by your actions. Be encouraged and keep moving forward.