The True Measure of Goal Success
I’m happy to say I achieved most of my goals this year. But I also failed at a few too. All because I failed to create a clear plan of action. And because my actions weren’t planned, systemized, routinized or even verbalized, my goals didn’t materialize.
Goal-Setting must start with a God-Revelation
Here are some other revelations I had to receive in order for me to shift from simply goal-setting to goal-getting. I hope the insights shared below will help you gain a God-perspective for how you set and achieve your goals.
- My goals should be GOD-driven and not ME-driven. And they must be established out of a clear, God-given VISION (Habbakuk 2:2) that I can run with.
- A GOD-INSPIRED VISION 👀 serves as the directional compass🧭 for my GOD-GIVEN PURPOSE (why I exist). So my goals must also be purpose-driven (Prov. 16:4)
- Our GOD-GIVEN purpose is fueled by our GOD-GIVEN PASSIONS. Our purpose is fulfilled through our faith, obedience, gifts & intentional actions PLUS GOD’s initiative, provision, perfect timing & power.
- Operating in your GOD-GIVEN mission is when you know, develop, share and pair your GOD-GIVEN GIFTS with your GOD-GIVEN PASSIONS wherever you go.
So, as you reflect over your 2019, would you say your goals were driven to fulfill God’s vision or yours?
- Were your goals established to fulfill God’s purposes or your own?
- Did your goals serve only to promote your success or the success of others?
Goal-Getting must start with God-Responsiveness
On the other hand, maybe you failed to set (or achieve) any goals this past year.
- Why do you think that is?
- Did you fail to ask God to reveal His goals, vision, mission, and purpose for your life?
If so, you gotta start here. Because all the goals you set for your life should support God’s vision, purposes, plans and mission for your life. Any other goal-setting is SELF-led rather than SPIRIT-led.
The key to goal success is seeking God’s purposes first and then leaning on Him to strengthen you, sustain you and direct you onto the paths that will lead you to fulfill His vision and plan for your life. But in order to fulfill His vision and purpose for your life, you must first recognize it, embrace it and quickly respond to it. And don’t worry. He’s already promised to help you every step of the way (Is. 58:11).
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1-2, MSG)