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Goal setting is the process of making our hope, dreams, and aspirations a reality. It requires determination, grit, and commitment as we lay out our plans to accomplish those dreams.
On November 4, 2018, I started a Facebook Live series called Goals (watch the first video here) I also decided to share it here because I’m convinced goal setting is vital to getting the most out of this God-given life.
What would you like to achieve?
Where is God leading you, and what does He want for you to accomplish?
When I made these resolutions, these goals, I was confident I had everything figured out and was good to go.
Then LIFE happened before I had a chance to get traction and momentum going on any of them! (See my blog post When Crap Spews)
From January until March all I did was play catch up. I was working, striving—getting nowhere. I was exhausted. Discouraged. Frustrated. I felt like a failure and wanted to quit. By the end of March, I was an empty shell, so I went before God with my goal chart, written goals, and “schedule” and handed them over to Him while I asked many questions
See, I believed, and still do believe, those goals all originated with Jesus. None of the goals I laid before Him would have ever come from me: growing a tribe, publishing, blogging, and speaking. He planted those goals in my heart and nurtured them into dreams, aches, desires! Even the determination to get healthy, fit and lose weight came from Him. So as I sat there in pure bewilderment as to why things weren’t going according to (my) plan, I prayed. And over the next several weeks I got my answer:
And because I am so passionate about goal setting, I committed to sharing what I’ve learned so you won’t make the same mistakes I did. Beloved, I want you to be successful not just in your goal setting but also in your goal achieving. When January 1st rolls around I want you to have real resolutions made and planned out; not something that’s created in the heat of the moment or out of an emotional response in the wee hours of the morning and then packed away in the attic with the other forgotten relics by February 1st.
Google uses several satellites to pinpoint exactly where you are the moment you open the app or website. They provide your starting point or home base so all you need to do is type in where you want to go and let Google tell you how to get there, often with multiple choices.
However, in life, we don’t have satellites to tell us where our home base is. We have to determine that ourselves with an HONEST self-evaluation. I also recommend bringing other “satellites,” friends and loved ones, who know your well and will be honest with you about your strengths and weaknesses. It’s often easier for those on the outside looking in to see things in us that we can’t or don’t want to see.
If one of the Google satellites is off by the slightest fraction of a degree, everything will be off! Google will tell you, you’re someplace you’re not—your home base won’t be your true reality. And the directions from there would also be off causing you to be exponentially more lost than you were at the start. The same is true for your self-evaluation. If you’re NOT HONEST, you won’t have your true home base. And the goals you set will not come to fruition because you will get ridiculously lost—just like I did.
This is an evaluation to determine where your starting point is. Period! This will help you in analysis and determining your path to get you to where you want to be. And later, when you look back, you’ll have the joy of seeing how far you’ve come. This will give your the encouragement you need to keep going, especially when thing get hard.
The reason I want you to look at ALL areas of your life is that any goal you set will affect several if not all areas of your life. This is not something I gave a lot of thought to. I thought of my goals as isolated things, I put them in a box. I would have been able to be more successful if I had thought to this.
Example: A fitness goal. This will be a physical goal. But it also affects your
As you do your evaluation, write it down! It will help you later with your analysis and help you see how each goal affects others areas of your life. And like I already stated, it will also be nice to look back and see how far you’ve come.
Here are some ideas to get you started
Still learning/stretching your mind
Learning new skills
Ability to rebound
Introvert or extrovert
Engaging with people on a deeper, non-surface level
Spending more than you make
What are they like
Who are they with
Daily time in the Word
Giving your best effort
Completing tasks with excellence
Working for God as for men