- 84% had no specific goals at all
- 13% had goals but they were not committed to paper
- 3% had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them
- The 13% of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all.
- Even more staggering – the three percent who had clear, written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.
It becomes obvious he who has no plans to succeed indeed plans to fail. Though we are unable to see God's initial blue prints, there is evidence that God is a detailed planner. Being the guiding author of the Bible, this book shows these plans in a stunning manner; the orchestration of creation, the redemption, the end of the world and the world made new. The four gospels also direct us to the life of Christ here on earth where 'he rose up early in the morning to pray.' This was his time to meet with his father to plan his day.
Successful people have used this principle to get as much done as possible in their daily lives. I recently read Donald Trump's book: TRUMP - The Art Of The Deal, where he outlined 'a week in the life' of Trump. This first chapter of the book gives the reader a picture of his daily routine for a week by the hour. Under close examination his daily routine is no different from the average individual except for the fact 'he schedules his a time for everything he does within that hour." Neither does he spend endless hours of the day playing video games or watching television. He has a multi-billion dollar business to run and carefully guards every second of his time. Donald Trump's day is not longer or shorter than ours. It consists of twenty four hours like everyone else. The difference is he plans his daily routine as God does.
God wants us to plan our lives. Time is limited and once it is gone we can not get it back. I was often told time is money so treat it well. Is it no wonder time and money is the two things we steal from God (we will get to that topic in the future).
If you wish to be successful and fulfilled ask God for instruction. How do we do this? Start by praying. Take time out of your day for self-examination. Ask God what are his plans for you. With a pen and paper handy, listen for the answer. Be patient as in some cases the answer may not come immediately but do not give up. He is an on time God and will respond. His answer may not come the way you are expecting it however, if you trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding ........ he will show you the way.