Every new year I sit down to set some new goals. If you’re like me, you might scroll through social media on January 1 and find people who have given up on making New Year’s resolutions. Some argue what’s the point of writing things down that never get accomplished and are destined to fail? I’ve been there. But others have found the exact opposite to be true. And in reality, growth and progress is more likely to take place when plans and goals are created.
Have you ever built anything that you didn’t first plan and prepare to build? Have you ever taken a trip without first booking flights, packing bags, making reservations? The truth is, the plans you make are directly related to the success you have in your venture.
I believe what will make all the difference on December 31—whether I feel like a failure or look back at a list of accomplishments and growth—is making sure to set the right kind of goals.
Gyms are packed with new customers this month. Maybe you joined one. :) How do we make sure that we’re not one month wonders this year?
1. Set role-based goals.
Every one of us has different roles God has places us in. My personal roles this year include Christian, husband, dad, pastor, individual. I want to grow in each of these roles this year. I don’t want to get to the end of the year and have grown as a pastor while struggling to maintain a healthy relationship with my kids. Write down each role that you desire to develop in this year, and list at least a couple of goals under each one. This will make for a well-rounded year of growth.
2. Set big goals.
At times I have been tempted to set goals that would be easily reached to avoid that feeling of coming up short again. I believe it’s important to set goals that will stretch us and to think big. Don’t be unrealistic or silly, but don’t simply set annual goals that can be accomplished in a month. I truly believe that God wants to do big things in your life this year!
3. Set step goals.
How do we accomplish these big goals? By setting step goals throughout the year. Set incremental goals that when completed individually will result in achieving some of those big goals we have set for the year. For example: If you have a big goal of losing 20 pounds this year, it would be wise to set some step goals like daily exercise or diet changes that will make that big goal possible.
So find a quiet spot to reflect and pray. Write out your roles and seek God about what this next year could hold for you in each of them. Set big goals of where you’d like to grow and develop and then make a plan of step goals to help make those big dreams a reality.
As a church, we are setting big goals for what we believe God wants to do through New Hope this year, but our church is only as strong spiritually as its people. Would you join me in asking God to develop you in the roles He has placed you in?