Daniel Plan 3/13/17: Be Specific, Clear and Unambiguous

Hi! And welcome back! 

We had a great family get together over the weekend and my brother-in-law's wife was talking to me about following the Daniel Plan (Hi Amanda!). She said she really wanted a more specific plan that told you what to do each day. If that's something you're also looking for, there are tools on the website (danielplan.com) that can help.

Today's exercise is to write out your goal and purpose in each of the five areas of the Daniel Plan: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. Try to be specific in your goals in regard to the five W's: who, what, which, where and why.

Specific goals are those that are clear and unambiguous. This is where you tell your brain exactly what is expected and why it is important. A specific goal usually answers the five “W” questions:

What: What do I want to accomplish? For example, to lose 30 pounds.

Why: Specific reasons, purposes, or benefits of accomplishing the goal. For example, to get truly healthy, have better energy, and be physically able to do God’s purpose in my life.

Who: Who is involved? For example, me, but it will also involve those closest to me.

Where: Identify a location. For example, at home and everywhere I go.

Which: Identify the requirements and constraints. For example, faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.

To set specific goals, you need to know the difference between pressure and priorities. You need to know the difference between activity and achievement, between what’s urgent and what’s important. You need to know what matters most. If you focus your energy on goals that aren’t God-directed, your energy won’t have much power. Energy that is focused has enormous power.
— The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

See you tomorrow

Today's Bible verse:

Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
— Proverbs 4:26