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29 October 2022 'Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity.' Proverbs 21:5 NLT

Imagine two people of equal education and ability. But one of them sets goals for their life, while the other doesn’t. The person who planned is far more likely to achieve more. With that in mind, try building these eight principles into your life. 1) Decide what you want. But first check with God. ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails’ (Proverbs 19:21 NIV). 2) Think on paper. Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energises you. ‘Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity.’ Unclear, vague objectives won’t get you where you want to go. 3) Set a deadline. Without a definite beginning and ending it’s easy to procrastinate and get nowhere. 4) Make a list of what you need to do. Keep it with you – it’ll give you a track to run on. 5) Convert your list into a plan. Decide what you need to do first and what you can do later. An organised plan is always better than trying to carry stuff around in your head. 6) Act immediately. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity’ (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV). Even if it’s not a perfect plan, do it. A mediocre plan that’s implemented will always beat a brilliant one that’s not. 7) Do something every day to move you forwards. Build it into your day. For example, read systematically through your Bible, write a certain number of blog posts, practise an activity for a certain amount of time. 8) Have a goal you’re willing to devote your life to. And keep your eye on that goal at all times. ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ (Psalm 90:12 NIV).


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