Don’t Forget to Remember – 5 Keys to Help You Stay Focused on Your Goals

You promised that you’d forget me not, but you forgot to remember. ~ Irving Berlin

How easily I forget to work on the things I’m working on.

Does that make any sense?

For instance, I am supposed to ‘call those things that be not as though they were’ (Rom. 4:17). That’s the Divine Law of Attraction And it works – unless I forget to put it to work.

The purpose of it is to develop my faith to take me to a new level. I have a financial goal, a business goal, a personal goal and a health goal. And I have affirmations for each. But … I forget to say them, to focus on them, to even remember that I am supposed to be diligent about it.

God said (no pun intended) that words have power. After all, He created everything with His Word. And we are made in His image so our words have power, too.

Yet … I forget to remember.

  • I forget to remember that I don’t need chocolate or potato chips – My body is the temple of God (I Cor. 3:16) and I eat no unnecessary food.
  • I forget to remind myself to focus on my financial goals – God meets all my need (Phil 4:19). I buy no unnecessary things.
  • When I have a back ache or don’t feel good, I forget to affirm my healing – God is the Lord who heals me! (Ex. 15:26) It’s one of my benefits (Ps. 103:3). It’s so much easier to pop a couple Ibuprophen and keep going. No faith there!
  • When I get frustrated or upset, it’s so much easier to vent those feelings instead of reminding myself that I am rooted and grounded in love (Eph. 3:17).

Yet in all of those situations and more, I am instructed by God to ‘keep His commandments’ to be a ‘doer’ of His Word (James 1:23).

What about you?

  • What dreams, goals and aspirations do you forget to remember in the buzz of day-to-day activity?
  • Are they really goals, or just wishful thinking?
  • What bad habits assert themselves with alarming regularity because you forgot that you didn’t really want to do that?
  • How many times do you regret something because you ‘forgot to remember’ not to say or do that thing?

What you do today reinforces your tomorrow. If you desire a different life or lifestyle, you must begin to think and act differently. Wishful thinking won’t get you anywhere. Neither will excuses. Here are five keys to help you reach your desired end.

  1. Write the vision, and make it plain (Hab. 2:2) When you are clear about your goals, they become easier to focus on.
  2. Count the cost, whether you have sufficient [desire, time, energy and resources] to finish it (Luke 14:28).  Are you committed to see it through to the end?
  3. Speak the word only (Matt. 8:8). Don’t allow doubt, fear or discouragement to move you away from your goals and dreams.
  4. Meditate therein day and night (Joshua 1:8). The more you think about and mull over your vision, the stronger it will be and the more revelation and determination you will have.
  5. Be a doer, not a hearer only, deceiving yourself (James 1:22).  Nothing happens without appropriate action to reinforce your thoughts and words.

Your future is your responsibility. That means choosing well as often as you can. Every action or inaction is a decision toward or away from something. Become conscious of those choices. God told you to ‘choose life’ (Deut. 30:19). Don’t forget to remember that. Everything you desire is available to you – if you are willing to make the necessary effort. Go for it!

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