When you Know Your “Why,” you find more motivation for and success with goal setting. Yet, because we’re human, we don’t always nail exactly what we’re supposed to be doing to achieve our goals even if we know why we’re working toward them.
The key to keeping motivated by our “Why?” and to staying on track toward achieving our goals lies in our daily habits. More specifically, the regular activities that keep us in tune with God’s will.
God directs and speaks to us in many ways. Staying in tune with His voice involves purposefully and consistently listening for it. It means keeping the lines of communication open.
Here are some ways to keep communication flowing between you and God:
- Have an continuous dialogue. Talk to Him not just during designated prayer times but as you go through your day.
- Pay attention to road signs. They can be obvious, such as the people you encounter. Or, they can be more nebulous like an idea just not coming together like it should. The more you look for these signs, the more you’ll notice them as God’s directing you.
- Integrate His Word into your day. Post favorite scripture where you’ll see it regularly. Maybe just have a keyword to keep in your thoughts that reminds you of Him.
- “Listen” for the Holy Spirit. Call it a gut feeling or a prompting, the Holy Spirit uses our emotions, our dissatisfaction and even our motivations to direct our daily activity. Get in the habit of asking yourself why you feel a certain way and if it’s the Holy Spirit “speaking” to you.
Fulfilling your God-given purpose is a journey. It’s about increasingly discovering His will, then being obedient to what He desires of you in accomplishing it.
“Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:28)
Look at how God might be speaking to you not just during morning prayers or daily devotions but throughout the day too. As you do, you’ll likely find that your goals not only better line up with His will, but your motivations do as well.