Program that GPS

13 03 2009

Now that you have defined your prize and made your vision board, it is time to Chart Your Course = to plan out how you are going to get to the destination of your prize.  My absolute favorite thing to use anytime I need directions is my GPS.  So as you begin to Chart Your Course why not use your own personal GPS to plan out your directions to get to your prize.   For us here, the GPS would mean;

Get to the Goal

Planning

Steps

What are the steps that need to happen so that you will arrive at the destination of your prize?   It is time to spell out your path in order to arrive at your destination and to do so, you must do the necessary planning and research so that you can create actions steps to follow. 

 

When God told Noah to build the ark, do you think Noah just started building?  No, Noah had to make a plan to build the ark, he had to decide what to do, what order to do it, how to do it and when to do it, so that he could get to the place of a finished work – the ark.  Well now that you have written out your prize, your vision – your ark – it’s time to plot out your plan.  How will you obtain your prize?  What is your course of action? Now’s the time to begin to plan what you need to do to get to your destination of choice and how you start is by breaking down your plan into small steps to accomplish one at a time.  So take out a sheet of paper and answer these questions for yourself;

  • Within the next year, I seek to accomplish…… What do I need to do to get there?
  • Within the next five years, I seek to accomplish…… What do I need to do to get there?
  • Education: If I want or need to go back to school, what do I need to do to get there?
  • Health: What am I aiming to achieve?
  • Career: What am I aiming to achieve?
  • Money: How much do I want to earn and when?
  • Relationships (Family & Friends, Significant Other/Romance): What do I want?
  • Personal Growth: Are my thoughts holding me back? Are my actions holding me back? If so, set a goal here to make changes that will help you reach your prize.

Take each portion of your vision, your prize and plan out the action steps you must take to get there.  Only use positive language when you are writing out your actions steps, remember we talked about…

 

“As a woman thinketh in her heart, so is she” – Proverbs 23:7

“Calling those things that are not as though they were”

-Romans 4:17b

So if we are going to be in line with both of these ways of thinking, we must line up our words and/or language to help us move in a positive direction. Additionally make sure you set SMART goals;

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Time-focused

Be as specific as possible, write in dates, times, amounts so that you can define what you need to do as much as possible as well as measure your achievement.  So instead of saying, I want to go back to school, say I want to complete my Master’s Degree by 2010.   Set priorities.  What do you need to accomplish first, second, third. This may seem a bit overwhelming but take it one step at a time.  I am sure Noah did not hear from God and then just start building the ark; after all he had not done this before.  He had to research and figure it all out, you can do the same thing. Just start by putting all the things you want to accomplish on a piece of paper, and list out the action steps you need to take under each item.  If you don’t know what to do to accomplish some of your steps, this is where you need to do your research.  Once you get all the action steps under each, you can then begin to look at what you need to accomplish first, second etc…

 

Why are we taking so much time to plan and get prepared? Well if Esther is our guide, the greatest lesson that we learn from Esther is what can happen when preparation meets opportunity.  Esther herself went through 12 months of preparation just to have an opportunity to be considered for queen.  If Esther wasn’t prepared prior to that meeting, then the next VERY important moment of preparation meeting opportunity for Esther would never have happened; the moment where she saved her people from being destroyed.  Now while we may not become woman who will stand in the gap for our people, God has called each of us uniquely to do or to be something and that is what is on your vision board. Ultimately, you are doing this work so that when your preparation meets opportunity, you too will have your very own “For Such a Time As This” moment.    SO LADIES, MAKE THOSE PLANS!!!  PROGRAM THAT GPS!

 

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5 (NLT) 

Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. – Proverbs 13:16 (NLT)

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14 03 2009
Tene Lucas-Rogers

Once again you nailed it. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to do everything at one time, so it essential to plan things out. I was never a planner at anything. Now I can’t get thru my day without a plan of action…….well put 🙂

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