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Setting Goals: Set The Bar High By Creating A Plan

You cannot hit a target without aiming for it. Yet we wake up everyday aspiring to achieve our dreams of being successful without a road map in place. We dream about our success stumbling through life hoping that we will get there by chance. Our lives are spent reacting to the ebb and flow of life wishing things will get better instead of creating a set of goals that will help us reach the target that we are aiming for.

Creating a plan with a clear set of goals is one of the most effective ways to achieve anything we are striving for. A goal is nothing more than a personal objective that can be measure. It will work for the smallest tasks to the largest dreams that we are trying to accomplish. Having goals in place will give us a clear focus and define what we are pursuing. It will help us easily eliminate those distractions or enticing detours that come along to take us off our path.

There are three things you must do to achieve any goal:

1. Be intentional

2. Put your heart into it

3. Be able to make sacrifices for it

Listed below are a set of questions that will help you begin your journey of creating a plan to achieve your goals. Let’s begin with creating a personal mission statement that will describe “what you are here for”.

Questions for mission statement:

What is God’s plan in your life?

What do you enjoy doing the most in your life?

What things are you most talented at?

What issues are you most passionate about?

What do you always want to do for others?

When you die, what would you like people to say about you?

For example my mission statement is:

“To help people achieve there God given goals in the area of stewardship time, talent and treasure.”

Once you create a mission statement, you have to make sure that all of your goals you create support or enhance your mission. If a goal appears important to you, but in some ways does not align with your mission statement then you either have to eliminate this goal or re-write your mission statement to so that the goal support it. Remember your personal mission statement is a living document and you can re-write it anytime. It should reflect who are right now and not what you aspire to be. Also, if your mission statement and goals are not in sync, you will find your self procrastinating and expending a lot of effort without really going anywhere.

Your assignment this week is to write out your personal mission statement and stay positive.

Pastor George

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