To Create Goals?
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a deadline and a plan” – Harvey Mackay
Why do only 3% of Americans have written goals? Am, I missing something here? Is it our fear of failure? Maybe it is the time needed to make and write down goals? Is it possibly the lack of knowledge or a foundation on where to begin?
Whatever the reason, without clearly written, defined goals, it is difficult to achieve success. We cannot dwell on the past, look merely at where we are today, or accomplish goals our own. There is a great need to get over the past, look to the future, and involve your loved ones in your goal setting. Most importantly, though, your goals should incorporate your faith.
Goals have a major purpose for our lives. They help us to define our passion and direction. They help us solidify our thoughts and actions. They also give us motivation and the drive to accomplish what we set out to do. Most importantly they can define what God’s will is for our lives.
Now in order to begin to set goals, you should start with prayer. Read and study God’s Word and apply this toward your goals. It is critical to begin writing out your impressions and desires and where God is leading you. A journal or notebook can be a great place to channel your vision. Your goals need to be measurable, have at least a 50/50 chance of success, must be compatible with your faith and values, and must be specific enough to track. Sometimes, you need to walk before you can run. Start small if you have to, just move. A small step forward toward achieving your goals will help you work toward more progress.
Guidelines to keep you on track
As you begin to develop goals and create new ones, here are some helpful guidelines to keep you on track:
1. Ensure your goals are working toward something that is important to you, something that has meaning and purpose. Don’t just make a goal for the sake of making one or write something that just sounds good.
2. New goals can not contradict your other goals unless there has been some sort of change in your vision or philosophy or previous goals sent you down a wrong track. Your goals should have harmony with one another and not pull you in various competiting directions. Do your goals contradict God’s Word?
3. Look to develop goals in at least six areas of your life:
– Family and Home
– Financial and Career
– Spiritual and Ethical
– Physical and Health
– Social and Cultural
– Mental and Educational
Setting goals in each area of life will ensure a more balanced life as you begin to examine and change the fundamentals of everyday living. Setting goals in each area of life also makes sure all areas of your life are working together, toward the same types of goals
4. Write your goal out in complete detail. Make sure each goal is quantifiable and measurable.
5. Aim High.
6. Have your goals in a place you can view daily.
7. Track, measure, and adjust as neccessary.
Writing down your goals creates the roadmap to your success. Although just the act of writing them down can set the process in motion, it is also extremely important to review your goals frequently. Remember, the more focused you are on your goals the more likely you are to accomplish them.
Sometimes we realize we have to revise a goal as circumstances and other goals change. If you need to change a goal do not consider it a failure. Sometimes, we must sit back, adjust our course, and change directions.