Get Going On Goals

Launching A Campaign to Achieve Your Goals!

Setting and reaching goals is an important part of living a purposeful life. But many of us find that doing this is much harder than it seems like it should be! Here is a set of steps to use to clearly define a goal and get started. For more info on how to know what you really want to focus on, check back for a future article on some unexpected ways to Discover a Passion.

The Ten Steps:

  1. State as clearly as possible in a positive manner what it is that you want to create in your life
  2. Be clear why you want this and how your life will be different once you achieve this goal
  3. Be clear about what you are going to have to change in order to accomplish this goal
  4. Understand what you have going for you in relation to achieving this goal
  5. Understand what you have that may hold you back in relation to achieving this goal
  6. Be aware of the negative self-talk that sabotages and undermines your progress toward this goal
  7. Be clear about what you need to achieve this goal in terms of skills, resources, support, etc.
  8. List the 3-5 major actions you need to take to initiate movement toward this goal
  9. Stay focused on what you want to create, not the difficulties you might be having
  10. Think of ways to care for yourself as you work to achieve this goal

A few questions to guide you:

  • Within the next ____ (time frame), I choose to…
  • I believe the benefits of doing this will be…
  • If I decided not to do this, the implications will be…
  • I need to change the following things in my life to accomplish this goal…
  • Three things that I have going for me in terms of creating the kind of future that I want are…
  • Three things that may hold my back in terms of creating the kind of future that I want are…
  • The negative and destructive self-talk that I need to watch out for is…
  • I will combat this negative talk by…
  • I need to learn the following skills to accomplish this goal…
  • I need to coordinate the following resources…
  • I need to develop the following support…
  • I need to get started by doing the following things…
  • I will keep myself focused on what I want to create and the benefits this will bring by…
  • I will take care of myself while working to reach this goal by….

Continue to re-assess and re-visit the steps and questions as you make progress. Ask for encouragement from a coach, a mentor, a good friend, a pastor, a counselor, or others who can help you succeed.

Motivation from God’s Word

Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust Him, and he will Help you. ~Psalm 37:5

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. ~Proverbs 16:3 ESV

Put your works into the hands of the Lord, and your purposes will be made certain. ~Proverbs 16:3 BBE