Every sport has a goal. In sports such as basketball, hockey, and football, the goal is to infiltrate the goalpost of the other team. In Badminton, Volleyball, and Tennis, the goal is to defend their side from the material being passed over the net. Either way, in order to achieve victory, the teams should have game plans. They strategize and analyze what their best moves will be to win the game. Athletes train hard. And they never neglect planning, because when they do, there is a strong chance they could lose the game.
But let me tell you something, this principle does not only apply with sports, it also resonates to our successes and failures in life. In order to successfully reach our goals, we have to have game plans, to train hard, and not neglect planning. The greatest reward is when we have a successful game plan to reach our goals.
Set A Target
Discover your goal.
The greatest goal you can set for yourself is to pursue your purpose. Most people struggle because they don’t know what their purpose is. One of the most effective ways is to discover the three P’s you possess: Proficiency, Passion, and Profitability. Proficiency is what you do best, Passion is what you love doing most, and Profitability is something you do that you could profit with.
Another best way to discover your purpose is to ask God for it.
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7 (NLT)
When your goal is to pursue His purpose in your life, then you are bound to something great and priceless.
Cascade your goal.
Set small goals in order to achieve your main goal. After all, long-term successes are just successions of your short-term successes. You will not be a cum laude if your goal is not to have high grades in all your subjects. You will not be promoted if you neglect doing the small tasks assigned to you. Pay attention to small details, it is what makes the big picture look magnificent.
Do not be afraid seeing yourself in a situation where you have already achieved your goal. Rather, let this be your motivation to get where you want to be. Motivate yourself, convince yourself that you will achieve your goals. Do this on a regular basis, it won’t take long to notice that you are growing more confident pursuing your purpose.
Aim for the best.
Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. – James C. Collins, Good To Great
Do not settle for mediocrity. God has reserved the best, and has only given you His best lot. Dedicate your works, and services to God because He dedicated His life to you. He readily sacrificed His life for you through Jesus Christ to give you the best. When you realized the weight of what He did to you, it will be easy to strive for the best and to dedicate everything for Him.
Be the “I can’t offer more because this is my best” in a world full of “okay na yan” mindset.
As any athlete pursuing for success would train hard, it is the same principle for any people who wants to achieve their goal. Here are some practical steps.
Be the best version of yourself.
No one can be the best version of you but yourself. Be courageous in achieving your goal, work at a confident pace, and don’t be discouraged whenever something gets in your way. There will be challenges and hardships, but always remember that overcoming these situations will add up to your short term successes that eventually add to the long-term. Challenges are not opportunities to give up, but opportunities to step closer to attain your target.
I had to decide to be ferociously organized so that I can be significantly impactful. -Dr. Ed Stetzer
One of the greatest reward of achieving your goal is when you have a successful organization of how you will achieve it.
You can start with organizing your schedule. Track your daily activities, put it on your calendar, and set your schedules. Invest for new productive habits. Studies say that it takes 21 days to develop new habits, be committed. And don’t be afraid to try new things. As long as it adds value to yourself, and it honors God. Let go of anything unhelpful. And as you start getting busy, learn to balance it with productivity. Make sure you’re productive, because being busy but achieving nothing is pointless.
Seize the day. Everyday is an opportunity to do something significant, and important.
Surround yourself with good and influential people.
You are the average of the five people you spend most time with. – Jim Rohn
Be wise to pick the best people you want to spend time with.
Procrastination is the start of failure. Start your game plan now. The only thing that can hinder you is yourself, because as long as your purpose is of God’s will, nothing can stop you.
All these would be pointless if God is not the center of it. Through Him, you would know what your real purpose is. Whenever you’re weak, or you’re strong. Whenever you have joy or sadness. Whenever you’re on your highest highs or lowest lows, always remember that God is the one putting you where you are, and you would understand it when you pursue to know Him more than anything else. Be faithful to Him, because He is faithful to your life.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. – Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
WRITTEN BY: YEV MONARQUIA