“A goal without a plan, is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.” Abraham Lincoln
We all know how important it is to plan. Yet, often we fail to act and therefore do not bear the fruit of a life lived on purpose.
It’s a new year. Today is the day to start asking yourself questions that will lead you to live the life you were born to live. Will you set aside time to reflect on key areas of your life and write down at least two goals in each area?
I know you will not regret the precious time you spend. Knowing where you are going is liberating.
Setting Goals for Family
We have to articulate what goals we need to set for our families to pursue the life we want to be living. Here are your questions:
- Do you know what your spouse's goals/dreams are?
- What are you doing to help your spouse thrive and become who God made them to be?
- Are you dating each other?
- What time do you spend making sure you still know each other?
- Do you talk about more than “business” together?
Strong leadership is reflected in the way you help your spouse become who they were born to be.
- How are you helping your children grow in their relationship with God?
- Are you equipping them to discover their gifts?
- In what ways are you helping them achieve their God-given mission in life?
- Are you bringing them to anger or to the instruction of the Lord?
- In what ways are you prepared for them to age?
- What kind of care do you want to give them as they become needier?
- What is your plan to take care of your parents?
After considering these prompts, write your two 2019 Family Goals.
Setting Goals for Yourself
Please don’t overlook this one because you think that a servant leader is selfish for thinking of himself. “Put the oxygen mask on yourself before you try to help anyone else.”
If you run out of oxygen, you are no longer of value to anyone else around you. When I consider how many of us have run out of oxygen, my heart breaks. So many needs unmet! Let’s take a moment and see ways we can get life-saving oxygen back into our lives. Here are your questions:
- Do you have the energy and resources you need to take care of your responsibilities?
- What do you do to take care of your body?
- What can you do about the things that are causing you extra stress?
- What did you learn last year?
- What do you want to learn this year?
- Do you have dreams for the future?
- What are you doing to take steps toward those dreams?
- Do you feel in control of your life or are you always waiting for someone else to tell you what to do and where to be?
Arts & Entertainment
Do you know that this is a significant role? God is a Creator! He took special care in not just giving us an efficient place to live, but a place rich with beauty and color. Are you stopping to take a deep breath, and look and see what your God has created? When you take the time to look, there will be no doubt that you serve a God that wanted you to enjoy life!
- Do you know what your interests are?
- When was the last time you enjoyed a movie, a play, or the arts?
- Do you schedule time for enjoyment into your life?
- Do you honor God in the way you enjoy the things and situations He gave to you?
Generosity Tip: Do you know someone who doesn’t have the means to enjoy these things? Who? Enlighten their year and send them out for a night of enjoyment.
After considering these prompts, write your two 2019 Self Goals.
Setting Goals for Career & Service
To experience the satisfaction of work, we must understand our mission and how career fits into that mission. Even if you have to wash dishes for a year or two never give up on your career goals. Pursue them with all your heart and ask God to open the doors for you. Remember, He gave you a purpose before the beginning of time. Here are your questions:
I know that I may not understand the situation you are in, but I do know that God is bigger than your situation. (We have a great eBook about personal goal planning—download Set Your Sights here >>)
- What is your long-term career goal?
- Are you being a servant leader in the position you are in, even if you are not the leader?
- Are you challenging yourself at work?
- Have you settled in the position you are in?
- Do you feel God nudging you to move out of your comfort zone?
- Are you serving those that God has put around you?
- Without letting money be the deciding factor, do you see opportunities around you that match with your mission?
*Please know, as tempting as it is, satisfaction is not going to come from your paycheck, but rather from you living out the mission God created you to live.
Jesus told us the greatest command is to love God and to love our neighbors. We have all been entrusted with talents and resources to help our neighbors and in doing, love our God.
- How are you using your gifts to help your neighbors?
- Do you look for ways to encourage people?
- Are your words building people up and benefiting them?
- You will have to get your hands dirty sometimes: painting, cleaning, donating, listening, or confronting. Who is around your right now that you can get involved with, encourage or help?
It won’t be the major things that change our world; it will be the small things; the things that put other people in the place of importance over ourselves.
After considering these prompts, write your two 2019 Career and Service Goals.
Think, pray, and ask God to give you two key goals in each area to accomplish this year. Write them down and ask a good friend to hold you accountable to these goals. Watch God move!
Making plans can feel futile, but part of taking care of yourself is taking control. Always plan and always work your plan. Be proactive and make sure God is at the center of all your activities. I am rooting for you friend.
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