“Put God in charge of your work, then what you have planned will take place” (Proverbs 16:3).
This year is the year to set order to your life and goals. Goals are dreams with deadlines. Goals require you to have a plan and stick to a process for achievement. Goals enlist strategies and encourage creativity. Goals hold us accountable. Goals are good!
The Father wants you to carry out His eternal purpose for your life. God has a goal for your life. According to Romans 8:29 you are “to be conformed to the image of His Son”. God wants you to be like Jesus! This is life’s greatest goal.
In order to better plan for your success, set s.m.a.r.t.e.r. goals. Here is some practical advice for those who want to reach God-sized goals for their lives: Be sure your goals are:
Specific. Your goals must be detailed. If the “devil is in the details” then that must be where the battle is fought and won. Get into the details and come out with a victory. Set specific dates. Delegate specific tasks. Request specific resources. The more you know about where you’re headed the easier it will be to take others with you.
Measurable. We measure what we treasure. Your goals should make you more accountable and committed. The goals you set need to be reviewed and refreshed often with wise counsel. How can you tell if you are reaching your goals? What indicators do you use to assess whether you’re doing well, or not?
Agreeable. Your goals must agree with God and His purpose for your life. Goals that are in conflict with the Father’s purpose will not prosper. There are divine laws and spiritual principles that you must cooperate with to experience God’s good, acceptable and perfect will. You must begin to read the Bible and get into agreement with God’s Word.
Responsible. Your goals must be able to withstand critical thinking and financial analysis. This will attract thoughtful and serious-minded people to your support. Have you developed the best possible business plan? Have you considered the variables and contingencies of your market or service? Always ask yourself, “What is the real return on this potential investment?”
Transferable. Your goals must be exciting and inspiring to be transferable. You have to be able to give your goals away. Goals that are transferable call for commitment and loyalty from others. When a goal is transferred to others a team is built. You need people whom share your goals and own them as their own.
Eternal. Your goals are only worthy if you intend for them to out live you. Fame, money, and power are no true goals. If you can meet all your goals in your lifetime, your goals are short-sighted and probably petty. Goals that attract God’s attention have eternity in them. Life is short. Eternity is forever. Set goals that you can enjoy and experience in heaven.
Rewarding. The “fruits of success” are the rewards of goals. Your goals should reward you for their creation. Your goals wouldn’t exist without you, would they? As markers are met and achievements are made you will see your goals bringing you rewards. Goals are worth more than gold. Goals are residual. Your goals can keep growing and exponentially reproduce success for you.