A Simple Way to Set and Meet Goals that Helps to Reduce Stress and Relieves Anxiety

Updated: Jan 14

Terri Savelle Foy, in her 90-day devotional, Live Your Dreams, tells the story of the Hospice nurse, Bronnie Ware.


As Bronnie cared for her dying patients, she notice a common theme- regret.


Terri goes on to give a powerful quote by Myles Monroe, "The wealthiest place in all the world is the graveyard." He explains that graveyards are where books and songs were never written, business never started.


I'll add to the above restored health was never achieved.


HEALTH RESTORED

When the nurse practitioner gave me my thyroid prescription she said, "I gotta let you know. All this (referring to my symptoms I had described to her) may never get any better." I looked at her and acknowledged I heard her- but on the inside I refused to let that sink into my spirit.


I knew the human body was designed to heal. I knew God was a healer.


Over time, I realized the old way of doing things (unhealthily habits) weren't working.


I kept studying, learning, and improving. Creating new healthily habits.


My healing journey is what evidently led me to go back to school and become a certified health coach so I could learn more for my healing but also so I could help others.


You can read more about my health crisis here. I'm still walking out my healing journey. I am getting better and better. I look forward, with hope, to greater healing to come.


Don't settle for "you may not get any better." Do all you need to do. Don't come to the end of your life regretting that you didn't pursue the dream or vision in your heart.


Regret over what we should or shouldn't have done is avoidable.


DREAMS, VISIONS, GOALS

Have you ever had a dream (vision or desire) and you just didn't know where to begin to make it a reality?


Or maybe you've tried and failed.


I think we all have.

I used to get tripped up, trying to plan out my goals. I would get confused with all the ways to set goals and break them down into practical, do-able tasks. So I'd give up and just make a daily to-do list that went on forever.


Or when I made a goal, I'd pick something that I didn't fully realize the work involved and would try to meet it (using old habits and unhealthy patterns)- only to end up frustrated that 'it' wasn't happening. And give up.

Sound familiar? If yes, keep reading - I'll share a simple way to set - and meet - goals this year.


First, let's talk about why goals are important. Goals are like road maps. They help guide you on a path to where you WANT to go.


Have you ever set out for a job interview and weren't sure of the office's location? Instead of looking it up on Google Maps, you say, "I'll wing it." You sort of have an idea of where the office is located. So, you get in your car, and off you go- driving around and around, passing the same buildings.

You don't make the interview. Don't get the job.

It's the same way with goals, dreams, and visions you have for your life. Goals help you fulfill the dreams in your heart for your health, finances, relationships, and more.

Now, let's take a brief look at what is involved with meeting goals.

  1. Positive Hopeful Attitude

  2. Consistency

  3. Discipline

Those are pretty self-explanatory.

However, I think many people get tripped up believing that what they dream will ever come true. There's goes #1. Positive hopeful attitude

Strike one.