Life is really a set of goals, if you can look at it that way. You are born and as you learn new things, you challenge yourself to do new things. Sometimes those new things are goals you shouldn’t accomplish, like testing the heat of a hot stove. While others are good to achieve such as catching a ball headed for your face.
You can look at goals as simple tasks to set and achieve throughout your life but at some points in your life, you are hit with rejection, discouragement and pain. You learn that the stove is hot, glass breaks, baseballs are hard, and so on. When learning these tenets of life, you still move forward with a mixed set of emotions about these experiences that inevitably form the person you are in the future.
For example, you can take the experience of baseball. When you join a baseball league, remember the first time you tried to play with a team. Now if you say that you just went out there and started playing and learned as you went, you need to think back a little bit. Think of what you did in preparation for it. What about the first time that you caught a ball, was it on the baseball field? The first time you ran as fast as you could to a certain point? How about the first time you hit something with a stick?
When playing on a baseball team for the first time, you get an idea of what you are supposed to do, but a coach and a few other experienced players guided you through the experience, using what you already learned to apply it to baseball. You may or may not have done well but the experience shaped you.
The process of succeeding in life is just the same. You work at the basics, little by little, until you reach each goal that you set. So why is it so hard to do goal setting?
Sure, you can say “I am not going to stop until I make $10,000 per month!” Yes, it sounds good but there needs to be a plan because that $10K/month is not usually going to happen in a short amount of time.
The art of setting goals is as much needed for success as it is to achieve them. If you do not know how to set yourself up for success then when you fail, it will be more difficult to get up. Each goal has to have some key ingredients and each one is important for its own reason:
4. Finish Line
What would a goal be if it were not a challenge? It would be a “motion” like turning off your alarm clock. No achievement necessary, just do it because if you don’t, it will just annoy you. Some people set goals to where the consequence of failure is painful. Truth is that all goals cannot work this way. There needs to be more.
Compare this to eating when you are full. God has ingrained in you certain interests that excite you and make you want to move but there are others that are necessary but not fun. For example, what if your goal is to find everyone you have wronged in the last 12 months and ask for forgiveness. Not fun, but you have to generate the drive inside of yourself to be able to accomplish the task.
This is an area that you need to spell out clear and concise. If you do not, it is just a direction or vague purpose. So lets define it. A goal is the result or achievement toward the effort is directed; aim; end. It is what constitutes the end of that journey. Define it.
With the way society is today, if you did not put a time limit on goals, they would never get done. If you set a goal to write for 30 days, how would you feel if it took you 6 months to complete it? What about if it took 40 days? 34 days? 30 days? Yes we fail and would feel better if we did it perfectly, but it is better to fail at a goal than to never set one to achieve.
This depends on your definition of believable. Your idea of impossible is just that…impossible. Take these words at face value. Set yourself up for success. Chop those big goals into small nuggets that will seem monstrous when they are done, but not while they are being done.
Combine your goals with your prayer list. Read through the list when you go to bed or early in the morning before you start your day. Edit it, change it, tweak it. Make it YOU. It is for you. Keep it on your computer, smartphone, tablet and/or notebook. It is notes for you to steer your purpose.
Do you remember the first time you were supposed to memorize something? A verse, a poem, a song.
After you were successful with the memorization, how long did you remember it?
Do you still remember it?
Do you think that if you read those words again today, it would all come back to you?
It has been proven that putting information to music helps the brain remember things. Some cultures sing their prayers. Do you think they are onto something?
Your prayers are your heartfelt desires and requests. Even if you really don’t FEEL the desire to “goalpray” for something when you put something on your list but feel that you need to, it still is beneficial. Put someone on your list that you have a difficult time getting along with. You may not want to but just the act of seeing it everyday will guide you. Sometimes you will see that the problem was more of you and not of them.
Each goal is a prayer.