Time Flies: How To Set & Keep Goals To Live With Intention


I did a double take as I looked at the calendar a few days ago. “Are we really in February?” I thought. We’ve all cried the old adages, “Time flies” – “the older I get,” “when you’re having fun” or fill in the blank. The reality is time doesn’t stand still, and if we are not careful life will blow by us.

The reality is time doesn’t stand still, and if we are not careful life will blow by us.

I hope by now we’ve settled into what our plans are for the new year. However, if you’re like me it’s easy to get run over on the road of life by the many goals we so confidently set on January 1st. I’ve found an acronym that seems to helps me gain focus and stay the course. It’s called SMART, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

Specific: Be clear of what you want the outcome to be. Your goals are not hopes or wishes.

Measurable: Your goals should have concrete criteria that are tangible and track-able. You can achieve this by adding numbers to your goals.

Attainable: You can attain most any goal when you set a plan in motion. Your goals should be set as stretch-ably realistic. Make a checklist of activity and hold yourself accountable.

Realistic: Make sure to assess the resources you have available to get a good idea on what you can achieve. Your goals must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.

Timely: A goal should be time-bound. Have a firm date in mind as a finish line to work towards. When you factor in time, it allows you to set short and long term goals.

We all need a roadmap to follow. Setting SMART goals help us live with intention and achieve new heights. And when we blow it from time to time, press on. I love the way Paul says it…

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14