We live in a day and age where it seems there is never enough time. I think we are starting to believe time is working against us, when really it may be a lack of direction getting in the way.
Here is the thing. I meet a lot of people in this business who are passionate about what they are called to do. Most of the passionate people I meet would verbalize that goals are an important tool to meeting mission objectives.
However, the majority of those same people do not commit their goals to paper. And this is true for most Americans in general. Recent studies show, regardless of the importance people place on goals, only 3% will ever commit their goals to paper.
I would like to change that statistic.
See, I deeply believe that God has created everyone with a specific purpose. In fact, I would say this is why God put me on earth—to help you live the life you were created to live and see you relentlessly pursue your mission.
I would be remiss if I didn’t push you to actively pursue your calling. So, write out your goals.
Think about this: A goal allows you to go as far as you can see. That is exciting! It means that every time you reach a goal you will be able to see something beyond the original viewpoint. Setting and meeting goals will expand your horizon and your potential.
4 Tips to Setting Goals
If you find yourself in the camp of, “I know it is important, but I just haven’t done it yet”, read these four tips and then get started. Just do something. Get it on paper and start moving toward it. You will be able to adjust it daily as it becomes a habit. And you begin to get a handle on what life looks like when you are living it on purpose and headed in the right direction.
- Base your goals on your mission.The way you see life will largely determine what you get out of it. It's not the occupation or profession that makes you a success or a failure. It is how you see yourself and your occupation. Really think about what you were called to do and set goals that reflect that mission and allow you to fulfill that calling.
- Base your goals on where you see yourself right now. Go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you will always be able to see farther. The key is to be realistic about where you are starting and stretch yourself to see as far as you want to go. Dr. Joe Vitale says, “A good goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.”
- Base your goals on your daily planning. If you expect to make it big, you must work toward your objectives every day. You are not going to get there in one step. So, make goals that are achievable each day and that moving you to the place you want to end up.
- Base your goals of specific actions.I don't care how much power, brilliance, or energy you have. If you don't harness it, focus it on a particular target and hold it there, you are never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.
God has put you on this earth right now for a reason, and God does not make mistakes. You find your purpose, or ministry reason and set your goals so you can accomplish that purpose. Remember leadership is not a position or title - it is an influencing process. Isn't it time you started influencing yourself to achieve what God put you here to do?
Now, it’s time to get to it. Write out your goals. If you can’t right this minute, make time to write them out before you go to bed tonight, so they are sitting by your bedside ready to review first thing in the morning.
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