Today I am going to talk about the importance of Personal Goals. For me goals are important because they remind me why I do what I do. Life is full of opportunities to get sidetracked or be thrown off course. However, if you have a specific goal that you are working towards it is easier for you to handle the potential detours that come up. But how do you get started?
Pray Your Plans
First, it is important to sit down each year or even every couple of months and spend time with God. He has a plan for your life and it is to prosper you and to give you hope. If you follow His will, you will open up many opportunities for Him to bless you. It is so much better to consult Him as you are making your goals instead of coming up with the first thing that comes to mind. It might not be a bad goal, but if it isn’t what you are supposed to be working on then it may crowd out some of the things God has for you.
Remember Your Reasons
Second, it is important to remind yourself of your goal, and often. Life happens, and time gets away from you. If you don’t remind yourself of your goal, 6 months will pass and no steps will be taken to accomplish those goals. You have to set a step by step game plan on how you will accomplish those goals. (And be willing for God to change them up along the way-see the paragraph before this one for the reason why).
Direct Your Decisions
Another reason to remind yourself of your goals is to help you distinguish which choice you should make. Should I buy the cute cowboy boots or not? My goal is to only spend x amount of money on clothes each month and the cost of the boots will take up all the money for 2 months. Well, then I should probably not get them until I have saved 2 months’ worth of money because something might come up that I need more than the boots.
Life doesn’t always go as planned, but if we keep our goals in mind we won’t get derailed when life throws a curve ball. When your husband makes an off-handed comment or questions your judgment, you have a decision to make: Give it back to him, or respond in a respectful, loving way. If your goal is to have a healthy, selfless marriage the second option would be the one that works towards the goal and not against it. When you are sitting with your friends talking about all the frustrating things your children have done in the last week you have a decision to make: Try to ‘one up’ each other or ask for advice on how to train the kids to live godly lives. If you keep the goal of developing them into the adult they need to be to serve God, you will turn the conversation into a Titus 2 or Proverbs 27:17 one instead of a complaining fest that leaves everyone tired and frustrated.
Find Meaning in the Mayhem
We will all experience disappointments and hurts, but if we keep our goals in mind we can turn them into opportunities for growth. We can ask God “what should I take from these situations and what should I leave?” Ask Him how to use this situation to accomplish your end goal. What do I need to work on that will help me work towards my goal? Do I need to be more humble? More selfless? More understanding and grace-filled? Should I remove myself from this situation, or should I stay in this trial so that You can work out something in me or the person I am in tension with? It is all about decisions. If you don’t have a goal, then of course you will act out of your flesh and do what comes naturally. But if you have a goal that you keep in mind, that will keep your mouth and actions pointed in the right direction. Every day and even every minute we have opportunities to decide which path we are going to take. We are in control of our own actions and we have a God who is willing and able to help us make wise decisions and not foolish ones. Seek Him and He will lead the way.
Here is a printable to help you start thinking about what personal goals you should set.
Gals Personal Goals: | Printable |
Guys Personal Goals: | Printable |