“A little boy in the sixth grade named Steve who came from a low-income family, wearing hand me down clothing and suffering from a stuttering problem, was sitting in class listening to his teacher as se gave them a new assignment. She asked the class to write down what they wanted to be when they grew up.
Steve had seen a man on television who was very funny and that became his dream. He decided he wanted to be on television making people laugh. The teacher began calling out students’ names and sharing with the class what they had written down. When she came to Steve’s paper she stopped. “Little Stevey, come up to the front of the class.”
Proudly, Steve walked to the front of the class thinking she was going to encourage him and cheer him on!
“Stevey,” she said, “Why did you write that on your paper?”
Steve answered, “Because I want to be on TV.”
She said, “Who do you know on TV? Anybody in this school ever been on TV?”
“No ma’am,” answered Steve.
“Has anyone in your family ever been on TV?” she asked.
“No ma’am,” Steve said.
The teacher told him to take his paper home and write down something more realistic.
Steve was confused. Up until that moment, nobody had ever told him what he could or could not become.
That very night, Steve shared with his father what happened at school. Showing him the paper where he wrote his dream, his father advised him to read his paper every morning before school, every night before bed and thank God that one day he will be on TV!
Year after year, he did that. Today, Steve Harvey is on television every day making people laugh”
The Moral of the Story
While your goals for 2019 may not include being on TV some day, this story illustrates how determination and keeping a goal constantly before your eyes helps to get it accomplished. Now that the New Year has come and gone, it is time to ask ourselves “What do I want to accomplish this year?” Some may have health goals, relationship goals, work goals or family goals. You may even have a goal or two in multiple categories. The question becomes, how do I make goals and how do I reach them?
In part one of this series, we will discuss a few beginning tips to how to start working on your goals and why this is important. Make sure to check back with us for part two for more helpful ways to kick start your year!
Write Down Your Goals
The first step to make goals and achieve them for the year is by writing them down. “Is that really necessary?” you may ask. Studies show that simply having your goals in your thoughts is not good enough. A 1979 Harvard MBA program conducted a study with graduate students. They were asked, Do you have clear, written goals for your future?” Only 3% had written goals and plans. Of the 1,000 students surveyed, 13% had some goals but had never written them down. That meant 84% had no goals at all. The study followed up with the graduating class ten years later. That 3% who had written their goals were earning, on average, twenty times as much as the 97% of the class combined! If that is not a compelling reason to write down your goals, you may need to check your pulse.
Another study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews at the Dominican University showed that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals by simply writing them down. The physical act of writing your goals and resolutions down makes them real and tangible. Writing them down helps solidify the goals in your mind, and helps remind you of them later.
It’s Time to Make Goals!
Now that we’ve established the purpose for writing your goals, your next assignment is to write! Decide which categories you would like to make goals in (ie. physical, spiritual, emotional, relational, etc.), then get writing! To help you get started, here are some ideas for you:
- Walk every day of the week, even if it’s just for 10 – 20 minutes
- Eat more fruits and vegetables, reduce intake of sugar
- Join a church, book club or other group to meet new people
- Reach out to a friend to talk, once a week
- Read a new book every month
- Complete my estate planning
- Pre-plan my funeral
- Work towards a promotion at work
- Journal at least once a week
These are just a few suggestions to get you thinking about what you want to accomplish this year. Make sure you join us next week to learn how to write SMART goals that you can accomplish!