I looked up from my biscuits and gravy and said, "Okay, how are you going to do that?" I knew I had asked a question they hadn't pondered because they just stared at me with a blank expression. I asked them how often they were praying and reading the Bible. What days did they plan to do this? What time during the day? For how long? Had they made a commitment to be in church every Sunday and get involved in a group during the week?
I believe most people know "what" it is they need to do. The problem that so many people have is that often their goals don't get accomplished even though they know what they are. And I believe that there are two extremely important things that are necessary in order for an individual, company, or church to succeed in anything.
You must not simply have a desire to accomplish a goal but you must be resolute in doing whatever it is you have to do in order to see your goal accomplished. Too many of us say things like, “Someday I’ll get around to...” or “I need to...”. You must erase words such as “someday” and “I will” from your vocabulary and resolve to accomplish your goal starting right now.
2. A Theory of How.
I believe that the key to getting anything done is setting small goals along the way to the ultimate goal. “Little wins” I like to call them. It is imperative that you put a time scale on the wins on the way to the big win. It isn’t enough for you to say, “I need to grow my business, or my ministry, or church.” You need to sit down and examine each area that needs growth and come up with a bunch of little wins that are measurable and will ultimately lead you to your big win.
For example, at the end of 2015 I said to myself, “I want to be a better husband.” So I sat down with a calendar and a notebook and I wrote out the things I needed to do in order to accomplish that goal. What days during the year I would take my wife on a date, what days we would take a vacation together, when I would buy her gifts and flowers. You know what else I said at the end of 2015? “I need to get in better shape.” However I did not develop a theory of how, and consequently I have worked out a total of 2 times so far this year. What’s the difference? The difference is that for one I had the resolve and figured out how I was going to accomplish the goal, and for the other I simply said, “Someday I need to”.
These are two very practical steps which, if understood and implemented, will be the deciding factors on whether or not you succeed. If you want to succeed at anything you must resolve to do it and develop your theory of how.
Pablo Lopez serves as the location pastor for Next Level Church in Concord, New Hampshire. NLC Concord launched in March 2015 and since then has seen 70 people accept Christ as their savior and 27 people decide to go public in their faith through baptism. When he's not discipling those at his location, Pablo enjoys writing, reading, and hiking. Pablo, his wife Diana, and their 3-year-old daughter Lily live in Bow, NH.