Background Scriptures: Habakkuk 2:1-3, Luke 14:27-35, Proverbs 6:6-15.
As the saying popular goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. It is with this in mind that we decide to set worthwhile goals each year. We set goals that inspire and challenge us to greater achievements and attainments. Goals energize people when they are well defined, provide meaning and give direction. Sadly we often set goals that are ambiguous, unrealistic and uninspiring. The following criteria should define worthwhile goals:
THE PURPOSE OF GOALS (CCR):
n Concrete: It should be clear what the various components and other make up of the goal, the challenges that need to be faced and overcome to achieve it. There is a good understanding of the tasks that need to be completed to achieve the goal.
n Challenging: The goal should stretch us whilst not so overwhelming that it paralyses action. If goals don’t seem to be achievable they are quickly abandoned. Worthwhile goals are personally challenging.
n Relevant: You personally and people generally have to believe that the goal is worth the effort, that the goal is necessary to make a difference. It has to be meaningful and achievable.
HOW TO SET AND ACHIEVE OUR GOALS:
1. Make all your dreams real by first identifying and then focusing on specific, tangible
targets for what you want: You’ll never make a dream real until you have something specific to
aim at. There is no way you can plan for — to say nothing of work toward — a “better life.”
2. Maintain at least one clearly defined goal for every major interest and role in your life:
Career goals, family/relationships, finance, business, spiritual, development, building, etc have to
be broken down and clearly defined.
3. Set your goals so they are directly aligned with your life’s mission, purpose and
passion: Your most powerful and inspiring goals are those that are directly aligned with what you
4. Create goals high enough to ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action: The higher the
goal, the more it will excite and motivate you. Life’s greatest satisfaction comes from attaining
goals that you once believed were beyond reach.
5. Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail: Include declared target dates. Writing
down exactly what you want by when is the first step to success. If you won’t commit to writing
them down, you’ll never do what it takes to reach your goals.
6. Absolutely, unconditionally commit to hitting each of your targets: The best predictor of
success, both personally and professionally, is your degree of commitment.
7. Share your goals with others for mutual accomplishment: Nothing is more powerful than a
team of people all focused on the same goal. Dare to share your dreams with others. A shared goal
is an extremely powerful force.
8. Set a whole series of related daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting
times and completion dates: A series of goals that build upon each other is far more productive
than the same number of random goals.
9. Take 10 minutes every day to imagine how terrific it will feel when your goals are actually
realized: It’s impossible to keep striving for something for which you no longer have any feelings.
Each time you get in touch with the emotional benefits your goals produce, you’ll feel energized
and enthused to continue regardless of the distance to the goal.
10.Take an action step toward the attainment of at least one goal every day. A goal is
something beyond where you are. If you want to get from here to your goal, you must take the
steps required to get there. Goals don’t just “happen.”