It’s that time of year again, where everyone is setting goals and the mere idea can either send you packing or straight to Target to buy all the planners, highlighters and “stuff” you will need to make it really work this time.
I’ve been that woman with the lump in the back of my throat and wondering if I’m good enough to lead this project. How will others see me? This is a huge task, and you wonder, “What if I fail?”
Here is what changed for me and I am sharing that secret with you about setting Godly goals for the New Year.
There are times that accomplishing a goal can be overwhelming, it’s then we must take inventory of our thoughts and determine how this God-given goal can be used to bring glory to Him.
What is setting a Godly Goal or God-given goal?
I like to define setting a Godly goal as one where you’ve prayed and spent time with God to obtain His guidance. Something that I’ve learned is that if it’s in the divine will of God and His plan everything flows like a river.
The work to complete the task may be there and it’s a labor of love that doesn’t’ cause you to stress out.
Recently, I was making all kinds of preparations to get “ready” for the holidays and transition into 2020. I realized I had let the list of what “I” wanted to take priority over what God wanted me to do. That’s how you know that it’s time to Fast & Pray.
I decided that I need a brain dump to get all those ideas out on paper.
I’m a visual learner so I needed to write it down.
Habakkuk 2:2 says “Write the Vision and to Make it Plain“
I absolutely love creating a Vision Board ~ I’ve created one every year and it’s on my wall as a “Visual” Reminder of what the Lord has placed in my heart for this season.
What are some of your Godly goals?
Do you want to…
Attend Bible Study regularly?
Start a Christian Blog?
Begin Daily Quiet Time with God?
Go on a Mission Trip?
For me, personally, I’m setting Godly goals that include completing a Coaching Certification Course.
After I write the vision that is on my heart; I must take the time and begin with prayer.
God tells us that He has a plan and purpose for our lives in Jeremiah 29:11.
Let God know you’re struggling with what to do next and how to get Godly Goals in place for your life. Are you Struggling with your prayer life? Read 4 EASY Steps to a Stronger Prayer Life.
Take note, by starting a journal and write down what the Holy Spirit is speaking to you.
I hope some of these ideas sparked inspiration. Once you’ve written out your prayer and created your vision board, hang it up and decorate it; put scripture and quotes on it. Put it somewhere to remind you.
Because goals are the map that will guide you toward your God-given purpose, without setting them you will also wander in circles without getting where you need to go.
I once read that people think goal setting is unspiritual and shows a lack of trust. I strongly disagree. I believe you should prayerfully make your plans but wait on God to lead them.
I believe in waiting on God to lead and not forging ahead of Him in pride without consulting Him for direction. But I don’t believe He wants us to sit around without acting because He has given each of us gifts and talents and has said that we are called to do good works. (Ephesians 2:8-10) (Romans 12:4-8)
Forging ahead without seeking God or just sitting back and doing nothing can stem from fear or lack of trust. However, setting goals and consulting with Him shows you trust Him and believe that He can lead you in moving forward.
Set Goals and become the person God made you to become
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S.M.A.R.T. goal setting was written by George Dorn, Arthur Miller and James Cuningham in November 1981. Although this method of goal setting was given for Time Management Review; I have found it very applicable in many areas of my life.
The acronym SMART states that goals are:
Specific (simple, sensible, significant) – What exactly do you want.to accomplish. This should answer the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Why and Which resources are needed? Who will benefit? Where does this need to take place? (if relevant)
Measurable (meaningful, motivating) – How will you measure the progress of your goals. Set short and long-term goals. This helps you know how close you are to completion.
Achievable (agreed, attainable) – Plan your work, work your plan. Do you currently have the skills and tools to achieve the goal or will you need to acquire some training? You should feel inspired and motivated ~ not discouraged. So be realistic and plan accordingly. What tasks come to mind to get this accomplished?
Realistic (relevant, reasonable) Be Realistic about what you plan to accomplish. Make a reasonable stretch, but not stress you out. (this is unclear) Is it worthwhile, applicable? Am I the right person for this? Is now the right time?
Time Target Timelines will help you stay on task. And they give you a sense of urgency. A little tension produces a reachable outcome.
Here’s an example of Smart Goals so you can see how it’s done!
My SMART Goal ~
I wanted to start a Christian Blog to equip, encourage & inspire women. Specific
My writing group gave me encouragement and resources to get me up and. Measurable
Christian Bloggers offered training for FREE to teach me the basics to such as acquire a domain name, select stock photos, email providers, etc. Achievable
The Lord had given me instructions to begin sharing my story of reconciliation, restoration and renewal ~ Be Transparent. Relevant
I wrote down how many Blog posts I would need to write each week so I would not be overwhelmed and would stay focused. Time-bound:
With each of these elements in place and written down for me to see on my vision board, I was ready to begin fulfilling this God-given purpose.
Now that your goal is set, who will hold you accountable?
Who will hold your vision for you when you hit a roadblock?
Is it time to hire a coach as your partner to help you meet your goals?
Finally, remember, the world doesn’t rest on your shoulders and you will make mistakes in setting goals. It’s OK.
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Because God wants to see you do His will, He will teach you the way to go as you walk in faith. (Psalms 32:8)