The Importance of Goal Setting


The importance of goal setting

Today is Monday. Did you wake up today with a clear focus or itinerary of what you were going to do this week, this month? Did you spend anytime over the weekend or this morning planning out your week? Do you have any particular goals you want to accomplish this week or month, quarter or year? Too many people just get up each day and live for that day. They have no driving purpose, no meaning to life except to get through the day. Are you one of these people? If so, that is when life is leading you.

A life leader has goals and is continually making new goals. These goals aren't just self focused either. Many of his/her goals are others focused.

To truly be motivated, to have purpose in your life, you need goals. Goals provide stimulation, creativity, motivation and purpose. Goals keep you from just focusing on the now, the moment and whatever you are dealing with at the time. Goals keep you looking forward. A goal is not a goal unless is it something that is tangible. You can have a subjective goal but it must be measured by an objective goal. To form a goal, it needs to be SMART. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Tangible. People who set goals but don't set specific ones or track (measure their success) in achieving their goal have difficulty in accomplishing them. These people say "I tried goal setting and it didn't work." (No, they did not 'work' to truly achieve the goal.)The th433 other key requirements of setting a goal is that 1) you must personally see the benefit 2) desire the benefit and 3) be willing to change to achieve the goal.

If you are having trouble achieving your goals, then I suggest you look at the requirements of a goal and see if you have covered all your basis in setting that goal. How specific is it? What are you using to measure your success? Can the measurement be broken down into smaller measurements? Is the goal attainable as you are today? Do you need to change something about yourself or circumstances to truly achieve this goal? Is it realistic for where you are in life (it's OK to set high goals and difficult ones but not ridiculous ones). Is the goal tangible? If not, then find a tangible goal that will signify the intangible. Break the goal into smaller achievable steps. Use some pictures or other "visual" tools to help remind and motivate you toward achievement.

The point here is that without goals, you are a wondering generality. Whatever happens to you today will determine what you do tomorrow. A life leader does not allow the circumstances of today to control their tomorrows.

If you want to become an effective goal setter, search goal setting on the web. There are a lot of writers on the subject.

Now, go set some goals!


The apostle Paul had a specific goal. He wrote about them in Philippians 3: 12-14

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

That one goal of heaven and eternal life so motivated him to set smaller, realistic tangible goals of getting the gospel to a specific city or writing a letter to a certain church.

Jesus had a goal of going to Jerusalem to die for everyone's sin. Jesus was motivated and would let nothing get in his way of going to the cross. He rebuked Peter in Matthew 16:21-23 when Peter said to Jesus that he should not go up to Jerusalem and die.

"From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 'Never, Lord!' he said. 'This shall never happen to you!' Jesus turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.'"

As you see, goals give purpose to our being, our life. Both Jesus and Paul had a primary goal (I call it their life goal) and around that goal all other goals were set. Do you have a life goal?

The Bible says our life goal is to glorify God. Knowing that, do all your other goals work toward that one goal?

If not, ask God to change your focus, your purpose and your reason for living.


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