Dream, Plan & Pray! – Part 2

By on December 15, 2012

By Sandra Bennett –

DREAM LARGE

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
~Proverbs 29:18 ~
What do you dream? Having an etsy or ebay account? Owning your own business? Selling at a brick and mortar store? Being published in a magazine, book or publishing your own book? Being on a television show or having your own program? I truly believe God delights in answering dreams that are LARGE and that will, ultimately, show His goodness, grace and mercy. He is able; it’s we who are small thinkers, planners, dreamers, goal makers.

My six year old self wanted to live on a farm with horses, sheep, goats, cows, dogs and cats. Now, my almost sixty year old self lives on a farm with horses, sheep, dogs, cats and I used to have goats and calves.

As life changes, as dreams and goals are met, it’s a good idea to revise your dreams, plans and goals. I don’t make resolutions but try and live the way I should daily, so, at the beginning of each year, I schedule time to tweak my dreams, plans and goals.

Your goals should be

SMART GOALS

Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it.”

James 1:5

S– make specific goals in detail – as focused as possibly but knowing you’ll have to be flexible. Make sure your goals are what you want and not what someone else wants for you…easy mistake to make! Also, write your goals in the positive, affirming what you want. “I choose to…”

M– Measurable – be able to measure your goals and success or lack thereof and cannot contradict any of your other goals.

A– Attainable – you should be able to reach your goals

R– Rewarding or Realistic goals – goals and priorities should align and, most importantly, you must be willing to work toward. As you reach your smaller goals, your larger goal will shrink because you grow toward them.

T– Timely – goals should have a time line or deadline. If you don’t have a time or dead line, how will you ever know when you’ve achieved your goal?

Every day, ask yourself, “is what I’m doing take me closer, or further away, from my goal?” Then, adjust accordingly.

Finally, is there BALANCE?

Dave, my husband died in 2011, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the work work – farm, house, animals, writing, studio. I’ve found when I have balance in my life, I tend to accomplish more and with much less stress, both mental and physical. There are five main areas I focus upon and write goals –

*home, family and friends

*spiritual

*health

*financial

*community and volunteer

You’re going to end up somewhere, why not somewhere of your own choice? I’ve read most people plan their vacations with more thought than they plan their lives but that doesn’t have to be the case. You’ll reach your goals when you follow and plan PDS (pray, dream, SMART goals), and that makes you Pretty Darn Smart!

 

After more than four decades, Sandra Bennett’s dream of living on a farm came true, and now lives her dream at Thistle Cove Farm. She writes, photographs, and plans her next travel adventure while teaching workshops in Increasing Small Business and Farm Income; Networking and Partnering and Fleece Management. She’s taught at University and in Russia, Armenia, Georgia and at different fiber festivals in the eastern USA.  Dave, her beloved husband, passed away in 2011 so now Sandra is learning financial management. Please visit Thistle Cove Farm , her lifestyle blog: http://thistlecovefarm.blogspot.com/ , and Wife to Widow blog:  http://www.1wifetowidow.blogspot.com/ where she helps you be “proactive, not reactive.”

About Thistle Cove Farm

After more than four decades, Sandra Bennett's dream of living on a farm came true, and now lives her dream at Thistle Cove Farm. She writes, photographs, and plans her next travel adventure while teaching workshops in Increasing Small Business and Farm Income; Networking and Partnering and Fleece Management. She's taught at University and in Russia, Armenia, Georgia and at different fiber festivals in the eastern USA. Dave, her beloved husband, passed away in 2011 so now Sandra is learning financial management. Please visit Thistle Cove Farm , her lifestyle blog: http://thistlecovefarm.blogspot.com/, and Wife to Widow blog: http://www.1wifetowidow.blogspot.com/ where she helps you be “proactive, not reactive."

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Dream, Plan & Pray! – Part 2