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Jesus is not going back to the cross. It is finished.

Nearly twenty thousand young adults crowded into Houston’s Toyota Center tonight. But not for the reason you might think. The Rockets were shaming the Celtics at their house in Boston. Here in Houston, Jesus was the main attraction. These young people came to lift their voices toward heaven, not Harden.

This was my first time attending a Passion Conference. Founded by Louie Giglio in 1997, the national conference targets college students with the purpose of uniting them “in worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation.” From the comfortable suites up top (compliments of the gracious staff), I witnessed—no, experienced—this first hand.

The night was something to behold.

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When a battle is won, commemorate your victory.

You’ve come along way now. First, you started by setting SMART, comprehensive goals with God’s glory and will in mind. You supported those with key motivations and independent chunks. After that, you planned your attack on goals right down to the day and started to attack by making the first step, points to review, efforts to ask, and creating a punch list. Only one thing remains.

Celebration!

If you’re not the kind of person who celebrates achievements, give it a try. Celebrate the victories in your battle against goals. It will encourage you and give you something to look forward to. It may even spur others along in their goal attacking.

Here are three keys for ideal celebrations.

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It’s time to get violent with your goals!

You’ve come a long way with your goal setting, chunking, and planning. When the battle began, you took the first step and leaned into it. You made points to review and efforts to ask. Now, you need to create your punch list.

A punch list is exactly what it sounds like–a list to punch. Think of it as your boxing opponent taunting your each day. You want to punch and punch until you knock it completely out.

The list will contain your current chunks and goals to punch out. I recommend a monthly or weekly punch list. Anything more would take too much of your time to make. Anything less would make your list too long.

I recommend making your punch list on paper so you can print it out and stick it to your wall or refrigerator door. I don’t think it’s helpful to make your punch list electronically, but it’s your choice. I fear mobile apps will rob you of the real accountability and gratification when you mark off a task with a pen or marker.

I make mine in Apple Pages (Mac’s word processing app) and print it out to hang on the wall in my office, right where I face when sitting at the desk. It’s like it and I are going toe-to-toe.

Here are five guides for you to consider when making your punch list.

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There is no god sculpted by the imaginations of man that can save him from his sin.

There is only God. There is only One who can be mediator. There is only One who is righteous. There is only One who is Christ. There is only Jesus. He is the one mediator between God and men. Let this wallpaper remind you of the exclusivity of Christ Jesus as the ransom paid for our sin debt.

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

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You need others when you battle goals.

We’ve taken our first steps in battle and began our reviews. The next thing we want to do is ask for help when we need it.

Moment of honesty: asking for help is a big challenge for me. I’ve found it to be equally difficult for others, as well. I think it’s a blow to our pride. No, I know it is. This is why it’s so challenging.

When I say we need to attack goals by making an effort to ask for help, I don’t mean we need to flippantly blurt out requests to everyone we know. You need to own your goals and not cast them on others. Rather, carefully share your goals and chunks with people you trust.

Asking for help really needs no more explanation when it comes to how you ask. Instead, I’d like to share some benefits so you’ll be more motivated to let your pride down and get to asking.

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Keep a good eye on the battle.

Now that you’ve taken the initial steps to attack your goals, the momentum has begun. Each step causes you to lean toward the next. The pace may have even picked up. While you don’t want to kill the momentum, it’s vital that you periodically pause and review your progress.

Reviews can be quick so they don’t interfere with progress. But make no mistake: you cannot pass them up. They are necessary and beneficial to your attack. You can be encouraged and challenged by what you discover. You will recognize your failures and make adjustments. You will identify your successes and repeat those methods.

A good review will help you be more effective in your attack. Here are some things to remember when you make points to review your progress.

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It’s battle time.

Everything we’ve done so far led to this moment. We’ve created SMART goals with key motivations, chunked and planned our goals, and even scheduled them down to the hour. If nothing else, we are ready to attack our goals.

Unfortunately, many will never reach their goals because they never take the first step to get started. For them, it’s the hardest part in attacking goals. It is, however, the most necessary. Without starting, you are guaranteed to fail. Duh.

Here are some things to keep in mind. Even if you’re not among those worried about getting started, this will help you take the first step in confidence.

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All this month, we’ve been talking goals.

We’ve discussed SMART goals and their key motivations, also how to chunk and plan your goals for the year and for the week. I suggested you have comprehensive goals and keep in mind the true goal of goal setting. I’ve shared a number of personal blog goals and reflections. We even discussed how our failures can be used for our growth.

For the final week of January, I plan on giving practical ways to attack specific goals related to most of you. Yeah, I’m going to help you reach your personal goals based on your feedback.

Before that, I want to remind you of one principle with regard to your goals. It comes from the book of James:

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (Ja. 4:13-17)

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Let’s plan for battle.

In prior days, we’ve learned the importance of SMART goals and their key motivations, chunking your goals, and planning your goals for the year. Now, we want to perform one more step in planning. This is actually part of your ongoing battle to reach your goals. You need to plan your week.

Like our calendar, our days come with a natural reset. For people who work the usual business work week (Monday through Friday), the natural reset occurs Monday—or Sunday evening. For shift-workers and others like them, your reset occurs differently. We all have a weekly reset—however your work “week” is defined.

A plan for the calendar year is key to remaining on track to reach your goals. But you’ll need to think more specifically in order to ensure your progress. This is why you chunked your goals and gave them deadlines Now, you’ll need to plan each week so that every hour is booked for something.

Think of it as time budgeting. If you’re a fan of Dave Ramsey, think in terms of making your time work for you instead of you working for your time. You want each hour of your day to be planned. Here are steps to make that happen.

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The steadfast love and faithfulness of God is immeasurable. His attributes extend to the highest of heights. They are beyond our imagination and our ability to comprehend. Let this wallpaper remind you of God’s benevolent attributes.

“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” (Psalm 36:5)