Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet: 7 Day Goal Setting Prayer Plan and Pep Talk

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“Mama…I want to get a ribbon in the Turkey Trot.”

We were on an afternoon walk, just the two of us, and we were talking about our goals for the year.

The Turkey Trot is a yearly 5k race at her school for all the students from 1st grade through 8th grade. Being that she’s only in the 4th grade, it was an ambitious goal, but I was so proud of her for believing in herself and being brave enough to tell me.

After all, if we aren’t brave enough to speak our dreams, how can we ever accomplish them? (Click to tweet!)

This year, the day of the race was COLD and rainy. Texans aren’t familiar with this sort of weather. So, instead of canceling it, the school moved it inside.

Yep. An indoor 5k through the hallways of the school.

It was as crazy as you’d imagine. The hardest part, besides dodging doorknobs, was that since everyone had to make so many laps through the school, you never actually knew who was ahead of you or who was behind you in the race. Everyone was lapping everyone at one point or another.

But my girl ran hard and when they called the names of the winners, my sweet 4th grader got 2nd place!

She could have told herself she was too young to place. She could have given up because she couldn’t see who was ahead or who was behind, but instead, she focused on being her best instead of the best. She left it all out there and ended up reaching the goal she set so many months before.

I was a proud mama, not just because she got a ribbon, but because she set a high goal, worked hard (running as hard as she could in PE each week) and completed it.

Do you Believe 2014 Can Be Your Best Year Yet?

I realize it might seem a bit early to plan for 2014, it’s not even Christmas yet. But now is actually the perfect time to start the process of dreaming, which is the first step in planning.

It is perfectly possible that 2014 will be the absolute best year of your life. You have 365 days to accomplish things you only dream of right now. There is not a single reason why next year at this time you can’t look back and say, “Wow! I can’t believe I actually did all that.”


Seriously. There is no reason, excuse or fear that can keep you from personal revolution in the 52 weeks of 2014.

So here is what I want you to do.

STEP 1: Pray

Ask God what is on His heart for you this year. What does He want you to focus on and accomplish?

God didn’t just make you for fun. He has a specific purpose and plan for your life. There are things He made you to do. People He created you to impact.

Therefore each of us has a great responsibility to steward our days well. (Click to tweet!)

Henry David Thoreau said, “As if killing time doesn’t injure eternity…”

Don’t waste 2014. Ask God to fill you with purpose this year.

Day 1: Pray for direction in your roles. Where does God want you to spend your time this year? What areas of your life need your attention? Journal your thoughts.

Day 2: Give God your fears and excuses and cling to the truth that with Him and through Him all things are possible. Ask Him to help you recognize the lies of the enemy subtly disguised as insecurity and ask God to show you verses to combat those lies. Write those verses out and put them on your mirror or your refrigerator. Journal your thoughts.

Day 3: Thank God for all the gifts, people and opportunities He has given you. Just spend today recognizing His goodness. Journal your thoughts.

Day 4: Ask Him how He wants you to use those gifts, relationship and opportunities for His glory this year. Journal your thoughts.

Day 5,6,7: Review all your journals from this week and find the common threads and themes. Arrange them, refine them, rearrange them, eliminate some of them, and pray through them.

This will be the basis for your goals for 2014. We’ll get to work on creating those and writing them out next week.

Step 2: Believe and Get It Done

With God, all things are possible. God didn’t make you lesser than Mother Teresa or Corrie ten Boom or Elisabeth Elliot. As a believer in Christ, the Holy Spirit resides in you. Not 25% of Him, not 50% of Him. All of Him. You have direct access to the living God who spoke Heaven, Earth and every living thing into being. He walked on sea, turned water into a fine wine and fed thousands with a little boy’s snack.

I double dog dare you to be like that little boy this year. Bring what you have. It doesn’t matter if it seems like enough…He is enough. It’s not about what we can accomplish, it’s about what He can accomplish through those brave enough to bring an inadequate solution to an more than adequate Savior.

Come on now…

Are you in? If you’re up for the challenge, click here to leave a comment saying, “I’m in” and then get started. Let’s make 2014 your best year yet.


  1. I’m in!

  2. I’m in!

  3. I’m in!

  4. I’m in! Great post!

  5. I’m in.

  6. I’m in!

  7. I’m in!

  8. Mrs. Prichard says:

    I’m inspired, I’m touched, I’m totally in. Thanks for the encouragement.

  9. This post moved me to tears and I am so thankful you wrote it. I’m totally in!

  10. Catherine says:

    I’m in! I’m a greater starter and a less great finisher…. Here’s to starting something ***and** finishing it in 2014!!!

  11. Carol White says:

    I’m in! (but, I might need help) :)

  12. Ashita Jain says:

    I am in!

  13. I’m in! After our last emails, you convinced me. Definitely agree with what Catherine said up there. A much better starter than finisher, but I’m ready!

  14. Grace in London, UK says:

    I am in… and thanks Kat that you didn’t give me 12 steps to do it. Instead you tell me to go pray for 7 days! In our mum’s group, we’ve been studying Ester and I was convinence that I didn’t set aside time to pray enough. So this come in at EXACTLY the right moment. And here’s to FINISHING as well as starting 2014 well. Thank you Kat.

  15. I’m in

  16. *Joining the chorus* I’m in.

  17. Brooke White says:

    I’m in!

  18. I’M IN!!!!! We are adopting a precious little girl from China. We will be traveling sometime in 2014. Our year will be filled with fundraisers and hard, hard work to get our girl HOME!

  19. I’m in!!!!

  20. I’m in!

  21. I’m in!

  22. I am IN!! ….and fired UP!

  23. I’m in

  24. I AM IN!!! I saw this quote today, “When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.” Through God’s grace, and building on your inspiration , Kat, this is going to be the year I make room for the important, right things.

  25. I am totally IN! 2014 will be my BEST YEAR yet!

  26. I’m in!

  27. Amy Pecoraro says:

    I’m in!!

  28. Christy Jo says:

    Woot woot!! Count me in!!

  29. I am definitely in!!

  30. YES!! I’m in! ….. But, I’m purposing in my heart to start it NOW! I, like Catherine and Lindley, am not such a great finisher, but that’s gonna change now! Thanks, Kat… DO inspire so well!

  31. i’m in!

  32. I’m definitely in!

  33. I’m in. I need this structure too, it’s good for me since it doesn’t come naturally. :)

  34. Heather Witte says:

    I’m in!

  35. I’m in. Started already ;)

  36. I’m In!

  37. I’m in!
    just what I needed this week. organisation and turning everything over to God are two of my big failings that I want to focus on.

  38. I’m in!

  39. Aubrey Carey says:

    I love this idea! I always try to set goals for a new year, but struggle with direction, this will help me to focus..thanks!

  40. I’m in!

  41. I’m in!

  42. Yes, I’m and I am starting now. It is my cry that the year 2014 be my best year ever and i want more of God than ever before. Amen.

  43. I’m in! I really needed to hear this today!

  44. Count me in Kat!

  45. In all honesty, I am not religious, and I don’t believe that will change. However, in every other way, your blog speaks to me. “I’m in”.

  46. I’m in.

  47. I’m in! Let’s do this!

  48. I’m in!!!

  49. Sarah-Anne says:

    Yeah!!! I am IN. Thank you for this. Just what I needed to read. Now, to be intentional about praying through and journaling and preparing for 2014. Woot yeah!

  50. I’m in!

  51. Okay, so I am a little behind with reading my e-mails as I just read this today but I am so in!!!

  52. I’m IN!! So thankful you are pointing us to prayer. I always fail-when I strive to do and be APART from Him! But WITH Him all things are possible.

  53. I’m in!

  54. All the way from India….yes I’m in.

  55. I’m in…..ALL IN!

  56. First of all, this >> After all, if we aren’t brave enough to speak our dreams, how can we ever accomplish them?…I so needed that. I just let a few people in in a big dream I’d just gotten and immediately started kicking myself in the pants for saying anything. With this dream, God is really wowing me with how he’s been putting me in front of the right word at the exact moment I need a faith boost.

    Second, not to early at all to start planning for 2014. I’ve actually been thinking about this very thing over the past couple of weeks, so I’m definitely in.

    Lastly, if I don’t get to say it before the year is up, thank you for another great year of Inspired to Action posts.

  57. Re-reading this for the 3rd time for motivation’s sake…finally clicked the link…

    I’m in!

  58. I’m in!!

  59. Im In

  60. I’m in! Here’s to 2014!!

  61. Amy Carden says:

    Im in!!!

  62. I’m in! Thanks for inspiring me!

  63. I’m scared but I’m in!

  64. I’m all in!!!

  65. I’m a bit late to the party, but I’m in!!

  66. I’m in!

  67. susan herold says:

    I’m in. Too often I listen to those voices who say I can’t. It’s time to listen to what God says.

  68. I’M IN!

  69. I’m in and EXCITED!!!! 2014 = BEST YEAR EVER!!!
    {fist bump}

  70. Melissa Jackson says:

    I’m in

  71. Melissa Jackson says:

    I’m in.

  72. I’m in for 2014. I say the Lord’s Prayer and I pray psalm 140 every day. I have leukemia and people have scammed me all of 2013. Please God banish all of these evil people from my life in 2014. Protect me oh lord from false Christians.

  73. i am in

  74. I’m late at commenting, but I’m in! :)

  75. I’m all in!

  76. Yes! I’m in!

  77. I’m In

  78. I’m in!

  79. I’m in

  80. I’m in. Let’s do this.

  81. I’m in!

  82. I’m in

  83. I’m so in! Ive always enjoyed the new year as well. It feels like a fresh start and I love the process of seeking God’s will and direction, setting the goals, and then being faithful in obeying. Thanks for posting this and sharing your podcast on it. It’s been really encouraging to me as new mom of two. Excited for this new year!


  85. Great post. Thank you..


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