Encouragement for the Weary Goal-Setter

Do goals overwhelm you? Does the thought of failing one. more. time. stop you from even trying? Have you avoided asking God what He wants from you this year because you already have too much to do?

It’s okay if you’ve already broken your resolution on the 10th day of the year. Or if you can already list 17 ways you’ve failed at living out your theme verse for the year (Me too!). There’s nothing magic about January or Monday or the 1st of the month. You can start over any moment of any day.

Encouragement for the Weary Goal-Setter at Grace to Soar

I’m not here today to give you the 5 steps to overcoming the fear of failure. Or the 7 reasons you should write SMART goals. Or a ten-step process for breaking your goals into action steps. Or any of that.

I’m here to encourage you. To say:

Try one more time.

Take the next step.

Don’t give up.

Press on!

Start where you are and grow from there. Tiny steps forward still move you in the right direction.

There’s no magic pill for accomplishing great things. It takes grit, and perseverance, and getting back up when you get knocked down…even if you’re a little beaten and bruised by the failure. It takes hard work grounded in Jesus Christ.

Which brings me to the one goal that will help you achieve all of your goals- Spend consistent time with God.

How many days a week are you reading God’s word and praying? If it’s every day- celebrate! If it’s not, commit to grow from here. Aim to add one more day per week. I don’t mean hours at a a time. For most of us, that would be impossible. But 20 minutes is usually doable.

God wants to spend time with you where you are. It’d be great if you could carve out some time to just sit with Him to read, listen, and pray. But I think He also enjoys talking with you while you’re cooking dinner, driving in your car, or hurrying to your next meeting.

Hear my heart on this- this is not a lecture. This is encouragement from a friend who knows and believes that consistent time with God makes a difference in your heart and life. Whatever your goals are, God will help you achieve them if they’re honoring him and the priorities He’s set before you.

Let’s end with a few verses that always speak hope to me:

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13

“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

Whatever your goals are this year- You can achieve them, dear friend. God is on your side.


Need some practical ideas or encouragement for finding time with God? Here are some additional resources:

How to Find Quiet Time When There is No Quiet Time

How to Make Time for God


How are your goals going so far? How else can I encourage you?

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17 thoughts on “Encouragement for the Weary Goal-Setter

  1. Beka,
    Good thoughts that it’s much more about continuing than being perfect. I generally give people this encouragement when it comes to Bible reading. People commit to reading every day, miss a couple days, then give up altogether. A better approach would be to be encouraged that you read 4-5 days per week, and next week strive for 6 or 7.

    One another note…

    Your pictures with quotes are great. They always stand out to me. You ever think of setting them up with a Twitter app, to make it easy for people to “tweet” them?

    1. Yes! I agree. So many times we get stuck striving for perfection instead of progress.

      I hadn’t given much thought to Twitter to be honest, but I’ll have to look into that. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. I’m glad it encouraged you! I have seen such a change in my life since I committed to spending time with Him every day. It’s like charging out batteries!

  2. This is wonderful advice! I’ve started working my way through the YouVersion Bible in a Year plan and have found it to be very helpful on the days that I do it in the morning and try to ponder on the teaching each day! Spending time in God’s word is never a bad investment in my opinion!

    1. I completely agree! Great work on the YouVersion plan. I’ve tried that several times and failed every time so far. This year, a friend of mine and I are reading the same chapter every morning and texting each other about what we’ve learned. The accountability is so helpful!

      1. That’s a great way to do it, with an accountability partner. I just finished day 23 this morning, so, I’m still going pretty strong! Keep going on your habit formation! Make it a priority and it will get done! Have a blessed day!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad it encouraged you. That is my goal for every post. There’s enough negativity and guilt in the world already!

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