September 24, 2016

Goals or Wishes? by Tandy Balson

I must admit this month’s topic made me a little uncomfortable.  Setting goals has never been one of my strengths.

Several years ago I set a goal to post twice a week on my blog. This has now become a commitment that I refuse to break so longer consider it a goal.  The same holds true for my monthly Inscribe blog post.

The only yearly goal I ever set and kept was to read the Bible from cover to cover in a year.  For that I followed a plan that someone else had drawn up.  By sticking to the plan, I had no trouble accomplishing my goal.

This was something I hadn’t thought about until I tried to figure out what I could contribute to the topic this month.  If I make and stick to a plan, my goals will have a better chance of being achieved. It makes perfect sense but I’ve never spent the time or effort required to do so.

Now I know why my dreams and wishes are not being realized. They need to be turned into realistic goals. Next I need to figure out the steps required to move forward. 

To inspire me I looked for quotes on goals.  I’m going to share some of my favourites.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.  A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan.  A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” Greg S. Reid

“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting and achieving goals.” Og Mandino

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Tony Robbins

“Big dreams are just big goals with step by step action.  Anything is possible given enough time, passion, persistence and dedication.” Brooke Griffin.

It is always a challenge to start something new.  Goal setting is new for me but if I want to reap the benefits I need to set goals and plan the steps to achieve them.  I think I’ll start small.  Each success will encourage me to set a bigger goal.  My first step will be to pray about the plan God has for me.


  1. Anonymous4:26 am GMT-7

    Love all these quotes you have shared! The first step to goals is the intention so you are already achieving that first step it sounds like. And always prayer all the way throughout.

  2. I think my favourite quote is the first one. (Probably yours too since you made a meme with it!) Excellent and very motivational post - especially for someone who said you were initially uncomfortable with the topic!

  3. I remember, Bobbi, how you told us in your book, The Reluctant Caregiver, that you didn't visit, phone, or go the next step in caring for your mom, unless God nudged you to do so. I'm saying this without looking up your exact words in the book. Please correct me if I'm misquoting or misrepresenting what you said.. I appreciate your concluding this blog with, "My first step will be to pray about the plan God has for me." This is a strong reminder for each of us. Thanks.

  4. Tandy, I sound like I'm not talking to you. Sorry about that. I should have started the above by saying, "I remember, Tandy, how Bobbi said in her book, The Reluctant Caregive, that she didn't. . ." Further down, again, I should have said, "Tandy, I appreciate your concluding."

    Must have been when of the late nights when I've been contemplating life rather than living it.
    Bless both you and Bobbi!


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