A goal is a dream with a deadline.
I’ve done more goal setting in my life the past couple of years. I certainly haven’t achieved every goal I’ve set… YET. ( Remember… I’m a work in progress!) But, I have learned a LOT.. and at least I know what I’m aiming for! After doing some reading and studying, I know I need to make short term and long term goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic. Then, I need to set a time frame for achieving them. I also have realized the importance of writing them down… more than once.
I was really excited when this fantastic article popped up in my email… I’d like to share a couple of excerpts with you.. then, I’d like to give you the link so you can read the full blog post. I think I’ll be modifying my goals a bit thanks to Mark Batterson’s Ten Steps to Setting God Ordained Goals.
Of course I believe keeping #1 as #1! And, Mark’s #1 is spot on!
#1 Start With Prayer
If you set goals in the context of prayer, there is a much higher likelihood that your goals will glorify God, and if they don’t glorify God, then they aren’t worth setting in the first place.
So start with prayer.
Ouch… more prayer needed.
#2 Check Your Motives
More than a decade ago, I had a paradigm shift when it comes to finances. I stopped setting “getting goals” and started setting “giving goals.” All of our financial goals are giving goals because that is our focus. Our motivation for making more is giving more. After all, you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.
Mark Batterson shares tips for setting God-ordained goals for 2016.
As I embark on 2016 with my list of goals, I’m fully aware that I may have to modify my goals a bit as I pray over them all more and consider my motives for each. Check out Mark Batterson’s blog post… it might be just what you need to get your year off to a great start… and finish!