For several years, there has been a move toward no annual reviews and no goals in main stream America. Where do you stand on goals? I don’t remember a goal-setting class at Judson, do you? I do remember, having a personal goal of surviving 1 or 2 of the classes, however.
As we head into 2015, we all have goals and aspirations for what we want to do and accomplish in the coming year. Where will we be on January 1, 2016, is a question we all ponder. I would suggest that those that are anti-goals have done goals the wrong way and/or have failed at their goals. I would also submit that the majority of goals that people come up with are worth scrapping. However, I would also propose that goals done properly can be extremely helpful and motivational.
There’s not a lot in Scripture about goal setting. However, there are several verses or passages that point to goal setting. Here are a couple of them. Proverbs 21:5 says “the plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” Philippians 3:13-14 tells us that Paul had one goal – “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” While not a determinate of the maturity of your faith, Scripture certainly speaks to the value of planning and goals.
To make your goals a success, here are 3 keys you can apply in 2015.
- Write your goals down. Start by writing a BHAG (Big Holy Audacious Goal) down for 1-3 years from now. Then write down 6 month and 1 month goals after that. Break down your BHAG into bite size pieces in written form. There is a current recent blog about tracking goals at michaelhyatt.com that is fantastic if you’re looking for an additional resource.
- Use the SMART acronym to help make the accomplishment of your goals as probable as possible.
S – Specific. Don’t just say that you want to feel better about yourself. Describe what that looks and feels like in specifics.
M – Measureable. Don’t just say that you hope that you lose some weight. Put down a goal number that you can check on later.
A – Assignable. Make sure that someone is responsible for this goal. It may be you. It may be a family member or employee. If it’s nobody’s job, that’s who is going to do it – nobody.
R – Realistic. When you write down SMART goals, this is with the thought of a BHAG in mind. However, make sure that your SMART goals are actually in the realistic spectrum.
T – Time-bound. Put down a date to give you a target to work toward. All of us have some level of procrastination in us and a time-bound goal helps move you toward accomplishment.
- Tell someone. Whether it’s a spouse, a friend, an accountability partner or a family member – be sure that you set-up someone that will hold you accountable and be a prayer support.
Goals done well will help you move toward a better you and a better representation of Christ in you in the year and years ahead. Here’s to 2015 and beyond!
-Eric Rojas, Class of 1990, Executive Pastor at Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL