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07/10/2011 / Kaitlin Zhang

LM 101: Goal Setting For Christians

This is the first of a new series called the “Life Management 101” Series:

  1. Goal Setting for Christians
  2. Time Management for Christians
  3. Decision Making for Christians
  4. Organizational Skills for Christians
  5. Communication Skills for Christians
What is the most simple and easist thing you can do to help achieve your goal?
Keep reading and you will find out.
I have many goals.  One of them is to finish reading the Bible in one year.  So far I’m on Day 79 and I am one day behind schedule.  But that’s okay.  Sometimes our goals are arbitrary, we just need to trust God to let us finish when we finish.  Let His will be done, not ours.
  • Analyze Your Goal
What is your motivation?  Does it align with God’s word?  People can have the right goals (such as losing weight) and the wrong motivation (such as to attract some guy).  You should seek wisdom from the Bible, and pray about your goals.
Is your motivation money?

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” – Matthew 6:24

Figure out your life goals through your godly priorities, and see how this particular goal fits into your life goal.  E.g. One of my life goals is be a godly mother, then reading the Bible will help me teach my children.
  • Write it down
This is the secret I was talking about.  Writing it down is the most simple and easiest way to help you achieve you goal.  Writing it down will give you a sense of finality, like there’s no more negotiation.  And keeping it somewhere visible will keep you focused.
Better yet, you can create a visual picture, because our brains can process visual language better.
  • Figure Out the Steps
You need to break down your steps to as small as possible.  For example, if you want to get out of debt.  Then you need to figure out how much to cut and how much to save every week. Taking baby steps is less overwhelming.
Know that if you want to add more activity, you will need to take out some activity.
  • Finish 25%-50% before you tell anybody.
Why? Watch this TED video called Keep Your Goals to Yourself
  • Presevere
The last 15% is always the hardest.  This philosophy comes from marathon running.  In the last bit of the marathon, it’s important for the runner to pick up speed.  In the last 15% of your steps, you will need to pick up speed too.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 3:14
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