Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Christian Goal Setting

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“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

Habakkuk 2:2

Having a vision and having a goal isn’t enough.  You also need to write them down.  You have to write the vision and make it plain.  Be specific in what you write.  Get a piece of paper and write down the answers to some of the questions I’ve asked you throughout this chapter.  Write down the answers to some of these questions:

If God said you could pray for your life to become anything you wanted, what would you ask for?

If you pick any career or business, what would you pick?

Who is it that you admire and wish you were more like?

What subject do you love to talk about to your friends?

What are you passionate about?

What talents do you have?

What talents have other people said you have?

What kind of problems can you solve?

What would you do today if you could not fail?

Once you’re finished going through those questions, let’s take the next step.  Now you’re going to make a list of goals for your life. Some of the goals can be short-term such as something you can accomplish in the next few weeks or the next few months.  Other ones should be goals that you want to accomplish before you die.  If you’re young, they may be 50 year goals.  If you getting up in age, they may be 20 year goals.

The goals you’re going to write down can be goals involving your career, your business, your marriage, your fitness, your children, your church, your character, your hobbies, your giving, or any other subject you want to create goals in.   They can be projects you want to accomplish.  Think about all the things you would like to accomplish this year, this decade, and throughout your life.  Once you’ve thought about it for a while.  Then sit down and write.

Write 100 goals in the next 30 minutes.  This will be hard work if you’re not used to big planning and big thinking.  I know it was hard for me when I first did this.  I ended up with goals in all different categories such as giving a million dollar offering, training 10,000 million Christian businesspeople to be Champions for God, and weighing 170 pounds.  I set specific income goals for my business…both short-term and long-term.  I set goals for things I wanted to see change in my character and how I treated people around me.  I wrote goals for projects I wanted to complete and things I wanted to accomplish.

You’ll find that a lot of the things you’ve been thinking about and even direction in your life you’ve been confused about gets cleared up in the goal writing process.  Personally I had heard other people talk about the value of writing goals, but I never realized how powerful it was until I applied it in my own life.  Look back at the verse in Habakkuk 2:2.  The Lord said to write the vision and make it plain. Writing your goals will make things in your life more plain to you. Everything you’ve been through and everything you’ve felt in your heart will simply make more sense to you.

Once you’ve finished your list and written all your goals, then read over the list you’ve made.  Make sure all of the goals are specific. You don’t want to lose weight.  You want to lose 30 pounds.  You don’t want to increase your business.  You want to increase your net profit by $55,000 this year.  A general goal is not a goal at all.  Be specific in your goal writing just like you need to be specific in your prayers.

Take it before the Lord in prayer and ask Him to give you wisdom about which goals should be most important to you right now.  You should also begin praying now that the Lord reveal to you plans for you to accomplish some of the specific goals.  Pick out 10 of the shorter term goals and make those your goals you will concentrate on right now (watch as your faith grows when these get accomplished).

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1

Faith is the substance of things hoped for.  We’re going to take those 10 primary goals you picked and apply faith to them.  Write them as if they were already done now.  For example, one of your goals may say, “My business will earn $100,000 net profit this year.”  Change it to say, “My business earns $100,000 per year.”  Make it present tense. You may have a goal which says, “I want to weigh 120 pounds.”  Change it to, “I now weigh 120 pounds.”

Faith is always in the present tense.  Now take each of those goals and see yourself having it now.  Use the power of your God given imagination to see yourself making the money you want to earn, acting the way you’ve decided to act, and weighing whatever you decided to weigh.  If your goal was to be someone who edifies and builds others up instead of gossiping, see yourself talking well about others to those around you.

Keep this list handy.  Pray over it. Go over it everyday.  Say it out loud and see it taking place in your life.  Thank God for working your life and accomplishing all of these things.  Praise Him for His goodness.  Let faith go to work in your life.  Finally you’ve given God something He can work with.  As small goals are accomplished, other goals from your big list can be added in.  Your faith will increase as you see these things come to pass in your life.

About Terry Dean
I've been in full-time business online since 1996. I've been an ordained minister since 1993. Yes, business and ministry are my passions. I also love God, my wife Julie, my two dogs, the outdoors, and video games.

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