Posts Tagged ‘goals’

So here we are, and tomorrow is the big day, the start of a new year. We’ve talked about goal setting and coming up with those incremental steps that will get you to your goal. It’s now time to put feet to your goals and get started. “But wait,” you might be thinking, “I haven’t set my goal yet.” Okay I will issue a challenge. It’s really simple, but if you will take it, it will launch you in a good direction, your work will improve and you will quite possibly reach your goals.

It’s really simple. Are you ready?

Create every day. At least six days a week (even God rested). It doesn’t have to be a completed piece everyday, that depends on your process, but create something every day. Work toward your goal or improving your skills every day. If you’re a writer, write, if you’re an artist, make art. Do something creative daily. You’ll be amazed what you accomplish.

What if you miss a day? Pick it up the next day and keep going. You can hit your goals.

I set a goal for 2015 to create 12 marketable products in the course of the year. I was able to generate 7 books. Two of those books were adult coloring books, one was a sketch devotional, one was a book adaptation of one of my speaking presentations, and two were creative challenge books. None of these hit the best sellers list or anything, but they do provide additional income at my speaking engagements. I also created at least seven new T-shirts through Again these were not huge sellers, but I get a notification about once a week saying someone bought one. I also created a new presentation called Close Encounters with Jesus, which I presented for the first time this year. I had a goal of speaking 50 times this year, I think I hit 48 or 49, which was great. I also had a goal to post every day to this blog and my final stat was 375 posts for the year. It was a really good and fulfilling year.

I don’t say these things to boast, finding myself out of work incentivized me to work pretty hard. I do say them to show reaching goals is possible. So is being prolific and the key to getting there is really simple. Go to work. Treat your work as if it were your job and work every day. If you’ve ever wanted to turn your creativity into your living, that is a huge key.

I think this year, I am going to try to post my daily creations on a special page on this blog or I may just make them posts on the blog itself. My goal for this year is 30 speaking engagements, daily blogging (and upgrading my blogs), and a new subscription based teaching tool for ministries that want to use art as a teaching tool. I am also planning several activity type books.

As I alluded to yesterday, this was a year where once again God showed Himself to be faithful. Were it not for him, I could not have done any of this and all glory goes to Him. He showed up and He provided. If He is Faithful, and He is, and He called you to what you’re doing, the fitting and proper response is faithfulness on your part.

Basically the challenge this year is simple. Do the work.

settinggoalsWe’re just a few days from a brand new year. It’s a great time to consider where you’d like to be at the end of it. This is big picture time. Don’t worry about the details. They will only bog you down at this point. Where would you like to be? Where do you feel God leading? If you don’t know the answer to this question, pray! Next look at where you are. Are you happy? Satisfied? Feeling good about the future? If you are, there are still goals to set. You need to maintain forward trajectory, and keep on going.

If you need to make some changes, where do you want to go? The first step in getting somewhere is knowing where you’re headed. Let’s help each other out. Share your goals here and we’ll try to help each other formulate steps to reach our goals.

Share your goals in the comment below.

Lot’s of people talk about mission statements, and when they do, the rest of the people’s eyes glaze over. Most people have no mission statement and that is a bad situation. As the old saying goes, “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” If you don’t know your purpose, how can you possibly reach your goals? The first thing you need to do is know what you’re doing, and where you’re headed. Now just to be clear, this is not totally set in stone, some things will change as you gain more information, but you should have a plan and you should stay on task until that plan is fulfilled. The best way to reach a goal is to know what you want to do and faithfully doing it.

Secondly, and this is huge, you need to know why you want to do what you want to do. What is your “why?” Knowing your motivation is so hugely important. Once you know why you want to do what you want to do, you can begin to see the big picture and how to stay on mission. What is your mission and why is it your mission?

Once you have that nailed down there is a simple question that could accompany literally every choice you make. That question is, will this choice take me closer to accomplishing my goal or move me further from it. Honestly answering that simple question will keep you on the right track. Not only that, we can also use the question to test the results of our actions. An action that takes you off task is almost never fatal. You just need to redirect, turn around and go in the right direction. The question will also allow you to avoid continually stacking bad choices one on top of the other. The best time to ask the question was before you made the choice, the second best time to ask the question is now.

What is your mission? What are you trying to accomplish and why? Then when that is established, check your choices.

Will what you’re planning, help you get closer to where you want to be?

a good question
I don’t know Billy Cox, but this meme is spot on. If you’re not making moves toward your goals… today is a good day to make a change. We’re either moving toward our goals or away from it.

Where are you headed?

One of the Facebook groups I am a part of had the members set their guiding word for the year as a way of looking at our goals. My word for the year is:


You might be thinking no surprises there, but it’s more than it appears to be. You see as I look at my goals this is what they all involve.

My goals for this year include:

To do more creative coaching. I would like to have at least five “clients” this year. Contact me if you’re interested.

To finish the two books I have in progress. One entitled The Creative Church Manifesto and the other doesn’t have a title yet but it’s about helping individuals and businesses to build their creativity.

To rework and enhance my Creative Church Workshop and to offer it at least five times this year.

To create a teaching resource for church creative arts groups and begin beta testing with my own group and at least two other groups. I consider this second element to be vital. It’s pretty easy to teach your own material but to create that material so others can teach it is the “rub.”

To build a new website, combining all my web presences into one.

To create several marketable resources for building creativity, including a day-long workshop for individuals, students and/or businesses.

I am also working on a brand new presentation for churches called Evangelism is Love and I have set a speaking goal of at least 50 engagements this year.

That’s a full plate and as you can see, every one of these goals will require creativity. Now as with most goals, these are things I desire to complete. As I move forward in prayer, some goals will be tabled and new things I haven’t thought of yet will replace them, but this is what I am aiming for, trusting God to motivate, change and redirect as needed.

Creativity is my word for this year. What is yours?

This is different than those flimsy New Year’s Resolutions we all set and most of us drop by Groundhog Day. These are goals, setting the course and direction of your life. Now of course these things are subject to change by God’s leading and should be the subject of much prayer but we should also be trusting the Spirit’s leading and moving forward. I once heard a speaker say, “It’s easier to steer a moving car” and so it is with the Spirit’s leading.

I’ve been following Michael Hyatt for years. He is the former president of Thomas Nelson Publishing, a brother in Christ, and an expert in what it takes to reach and accomplish goals. His brilliant book Platform is a must-read for anyone with a dream. Michael Hyatt has published a free three part video to help us set and achieve goals. I intend to follow it and I think you should check it out too. Michael Hyatt is publishing a lot of great stuff on his blog.

Let’s reach our God-given goals this year and make it the best year ever to the glory of God.

kayLast week or possible the week before I wrote a post called How Do You Eat an Elephant? I thought I’d give a little progress report. The post referred to a huge project I have gotten which was starting to feel a little intimidating. I am pleased to report I completed the first of five clips last night and tonight, Lord willing, I will finish the second. I’m starting to feel a little more at ease and a little more confident that I will make my deadline. I feel pretty great about it right now.

There is one thing I hope the people for whom I am doing this project will understand. I only received the voice over yesterday. It would be really unfortunate for them to believe that I was able to turn this around in a day, because of course it took a lot longer than that. I’ve been chewing on this elephant for quite a while. I need you to understand this too.

Often sitting at the beginning of a big job, a big goal, your life’s work or your God-given vision can feel really intimidating. There will no doubt be times of discouragement and times when you want to give up. There are times where you will feel like you missed God, like it was all just your pipe dream. There are times where it will feel like you can’t get there from here. Occasionally all those things are correct, but you can only know that after much prayer and while you are praying, keep moving.

You see there is a disease of sorts in Christianity. Somehow we have come up with this idea that if God’s blessing is on something, it will be smooth sailing and easy. The examples of people like Paul and, oh… I don’t know, JESUS, prove this is not the case. Sometimes the toughest stuff is also the most blessed so don’t be to quick to give up.

The answer is what it has always been. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Until my project is done, I will have drawn hundreds of pictures, and spent hundreds of hours manipulating them on the computer. Looking at that massive amount of work from the beginning was terrifying, so I didn’t focus on that, I drew the first picture and then the second and so on. Also I didn’t waste time. I didn’t spend my time pacing back and forth waiting for the first copy to come to me. I took everything I already knew about the project and started working. By the time the reports came to me, I already had most of the opening sequences drawn and painted. Each thing that gets finished makes the goal feel a little more attainable.

So what are you working on right now? If it’s not a little intimidating, the project may not be big enough. Anyone can eat a chicken. Eating an elephant… Now that’s remarkable.

Get to work!