You can read the first two parts in the series here.  In part one we discussed why I think it is beneficial for Christians to set goals.  In part two I laid out some principles for good goal setting.  In part three of this series I want to talk about a key element in reaching your goals.

Looking over the last few years that I have set goals for myself I have recognized a pattern developing.  This pattern has to do with what goals I have been able to achieve and what goals I have failed to reach.  All things being equal (i.e. if both goals were good goals as laid out in my last post) I was more likely to achieve the goal that I took the time to plan out how it would be accomplish. If I had a strategy for achievement then it was far more likely that I would achieve.

For instance lets say a goal is to add 15 minutes of prayer time to your daily prayer sessions.  Planning to achieve that goal could be to get up five minutes earlier and use 10 minutes of lunch break to pray.  Further planning might include making sure to cut out the prayers section of the bulletin so I will have something to pray about extra during those times that I have not prayed about before. I final means could be to rotate praying for the elders (by name and by work), the deacons (the same), and the missionaries.  This planning made sure that I set aside the time needed to add 15 minutes of prayer time and the additional content to make that time meaningful.

So when you set you goals and resolutions take the extra time to right out a plan or strategy of making sure those goals are achieved.