M&Ms: Making The Road To Accomplishing My Goals Sweet & Fun!

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How many people have goals and dreams that are bigger than those in 2013?  If we were in a classroom right now, I’m sure over half the room would have their hand-raised right now.  When setting goals, we are always in search for more.  We look at our current position, and our natural tendency is to aim higher & dream bigger than ever before.

I too, want this year to be unlike any other year but, I realize I have the same 24-hours in each day.  The number of days in each week has not changed. I still have only 7 days to get things done each week. Therefore, I took a different approach when setting my goals this year.  Rather than just making several lists of goals, I decided to arrange them according to one overall theme: M&Ms!

  • Make each goal (M)eaningful

  • (M)aximize my time while working to achieve my goals

Each time I work towards a goal, I will be asking myself: “how is this meaningful to what you want to achieve?” and “how can you maximize your time today?”

Believe it or not, the idea of implementing a theme came to me after reading Ecclesiastes 1-3. Those three chapters highlight the importance of making life meaningful and fun, and using our time wisely.  Therefore, I thought what better way is there to pursue my goals than by using God’s wisdom! I had so much fun with my theme that I decided to share it with others who may struggle with setting their goals. My desire is for everyone to achieve their goals and dreams for 2014, so I decided to share what has been helpful to me.

For my M&M theme, each goal that I’ve set is meaningful because it is tied to my overall long-term career & life goal. Each goal is set in a way that will help that vision/goal become a reality at the end of the year. Next, I often struggle with running out of time to do things.  Therefore, I’ve set a goal to maximize my time as I pursue each goal by being efficient.

For example, one of my fitness goals for the year is to achieve 18% body fat. Is this goal meaningful? Yes! Health is very important to me and it is something I value highly.  The healthier I am, the more energy and endurance I’ll have to pursue my other goals–it meets the first M! I will need to be efficient in achieving this goal so I’ve signed up with a trainer. Sure, I could’ve done my own research on diet and exercise to achieve this goal but that would not be good use of my time. Hiring a trainer will allow me to devote myself to the goals that I can handle on my own.  He will organize my workouts and my nutrition plan.  Thus, allowing me to be efficient and maximize my time–the second M!

See what I realize is that, I can have dreams as big as the mountains! But, if I’m not meaningful in my purpose and in my plan to achieve those dreams, I may never see them come to pass. If I do not use my time wisely or efficiently, I risk the possibility of delaying my progress in seeing those goals achieved.

Have you ever used a theme to organize your goals?

I decided to do some research on the use of themed goal-setting and the results were quite interesting! Research shows that individuals who use themes for their goals are more likely to achieve them.  Using a theme is similar to watching a movie. If you understand the overall theme for a movie/play you tend to find it more enjoyable, and you are able to identify a connection to it.  Have you ever heard of Chris Guillebeau? He’s a renown world traveler and author that has visited EVERY single country in the WORLD.  That’s 193 countries! He too uses a theme when setting his goals.  Based on his accomplishments, it’s safe to say themes are an effective tool!

2014 can be our BEST YEAR yet if we organize our goals wisely! If you’re interested in learning more about how to organize and set your goals for the year, I encourage you to check out an awesome video at 100LifeGoals.com.  I viewed the video yesterday and received many valuable tips that I will use to make this year’s goals a success!

Lastly, if you’re interested in learning more about using themes in goal-setting here are a few helpful sites:

http://www.leadershipdevelopment.com/html/article.php?sub_id=11&child_id=26

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/30/health/new-years-resolutions-different/

Happy Goal-Setting!

~ETE
*SideNote: The idea of implementing a theme came to me on the last day of 3-Day Promise Fast. This was a fast that I initiated at the end of 2013, in order to gain clarity, wisdom, and direction from God regarding my goals for 2014. The diet for the fast was based on the food list for the Daniel Fast. If you’re searching for wisdom and guidance regarding your goals for the year, I highly recommend doing a fast.  It can be short in duration just like mine or even 1-day.  When you do it, I guarantee that you will receive greater insight and wisdom in your personal and professional life.

4 Comments
  • challenyee
    January 2, 2014

    Erika, great post on ways to achieve goals and techniques that speak to our senses greatly help! I love the M&M idea (not sure if my sensitive tooth does though!). I believe, goals are a way our minds can take a part the reality of what we want to achieve. The end results of our accumulated goals are a higher reality of being that touches each part of our lives and for those around us… something that defies simple explanations. I realize you sense that also… just adding my 2 cents. Happy new year!

    • erikatheencourager
      January 2, 2014

      Hey Challen! I like your 2 cents so keep on adding my friends! It makes us richer 🙂 Thanks so much for reading today! I really appreciate it!

  • Roselyn
    January 2, 2014

    Thank you once again you are always a good driving force. A brother told me something 3 days ago that was very valuable. He stated that though the dictionary defines “FAITH” as a noun, in our walk with The Lord it is a verb. I could not comprehend fully what he was implying but over the 3days of fasting with you I have come to a better understanding of his statement. In my reading today I read about the widow who lost her husband and wanted help, so she went to Elisha. Her request could have been granted right away but instead (2Kings 4:3-4) Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” The widow barely had any oil herself but with faith she did as commanded. This was a great insight. After that reading I understood that FAITH is a doing word. You take a leap of faith and believe that with a goal the dream shall come to pass. This widow had to actively work to get what she asked for. If we also actively work on our goals, we gain guidance and gradually check them off of the list. Some goals may seem unattainable but with faith God directs, even if we don’t see the dream manifest as we want, he gives bigger and brighter paths to continue!!!

    • erikatheencourager
      January 2, 2014

      Amen Roz! When we began the fast I never imagined that I would receive the insight I’ve gained in this short time. However, as promised in His word, God did exceedingly and abundantly above what I could ask for, think of or imagine (Eph. 3:20). He truly exceeded my imagination and for that, I am thankful! You’ve inspired me to keep believing and dreaming bigger with those words from your friend. Faith is in fact a VERB! You actually just gave me an idea for a post too! I really enjoy the story of Elisha because it’s so real to our everyday experiences of faith when God asks us to do something. A perfect example is this fast! Fasting was truly the last thing on my mind at the end of the year. I had so many other plans. I had many activities that I planned to do during the last few days of the New Year but God changed that. You and I both had a choice :do the fast or don’t do the fast? Fasting was an active step of faith. We did not know the end result but look what happened. Both of us received increased wisdom, knowledge and understanding. God spoke to our hearts and renewed our minds! Thanks so much for sharing the story of Elisha! It truly blessed me.

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