If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. And Christians will probably say, “To fulfill God’s purpose for my life”. All are beautiful but are too vague to be a goal, they are just mere wishes.
Goals puts you in check and makes your progress measurable with time, it gives you a sense of direction and enables you ignore the wrong paths no matter how beautiful they present themselves. It helps put you in charge of your life and prevents life from merely happening to you. A wise man once said, “The future you don’t make is the one that will surprise you”.
Friends It’s a new year, one that’s full of boundless opportunities. Full of perceived and unforseen hopes, but alongside we must make clear plans. There was actually a time I thought that setting goals for oneself might be making oneself his own God, thereby excluding God from his life, but just then I stumbled upon a scripture which says, ” A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”proverbs 16:9 NKJV. So you see, God will have nothing to direct you on if you don’t have a sense of direction.
Here’s a few things you should know about Goals before you begin:
Goals must be SMART:
1. S–specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”
2. M–must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.
3. A–must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.
4. R–realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.
5. T–time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.
Every minute delay is a step towards not setting goals.