Why Set Goals? 3 Reasons

A Long Winter Road by eyebright, on Pix-O-SphereI realize many people don't like to make New Year's "resolutions" for the simple fact that they "know" they are going to fail. Can I be blunt for just a moment? Graciously blunt. :D

If you think you're going fail, you will. If you begin with the belief that you will not succeed, you will fulfill your own prophecy. However, if you make goals with an attitude of success, determination, and God's will, you are far more inclined to be productive.

The most important of these is God's will. If we do not seek out what direction He has for us, we will surely fail.

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Proverbs 127:1a

Furthermore,

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

Another word for vision in Hebrew, is revelation. Revelation means God's disclosure of Himself.

In other words, if we lose sight of God in all our "happenings", it is all in vain. It's meaningless. So be sure to keep Him front and center.

So why make goals?

Here are 3 reasons:

1. Purpose

Setting goals helps give us purpose in our days. We will know what we're supposed to do. Having goals helps us fulfill God's purpose in us. It helps give us small instructions to move us toward our greater purpose.

19 Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way. (Proverbs 23:19)

15 So be careful how you live. Donโ€™t live like fools, but like those who are wise. (Ephesians 5:15)

2. Time Management

Having goals saves a lot of time. Rather than living with no aim and doing things on the fly, without any certainty of where it's taking us [if anywhere], we have a plan that we can refer to. It tells us where we're going so we aren't "driving" around, wasting time because we haven't a clue how to get to our destination.

16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. (Ephesians 5:16)

3. Direction

Along with having a purpose, setting goals gives us the direction we need to get there. If we want to have a more orderly home, we must take steps (goals) to get there. Otherwise, we may find ourselves going in circles, not making any progress. Having goals makes us mindful of our destination. I was going to avoid using this analogy because everyone uses it, but it's like a map. The map is our goals and it gives us direction on how to get to our destination. Know where you're going.

17 Donโ€™t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:17)

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Might I encourage you to write down a few goals for the coming year? It's a good, hard beginning to lead with a vision.

Not sure how to begin? Come back tomorrow and I will share some steps on which goals to choose and how to choose them.

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Series:

Part 2: 3 Steps for Making Goals

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