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Goals

May 6, 2013 — 2 Comments

 We all have goals.  Each and every one of us. Some of us think we gave up a long time ago and don’t have any, but we do.  Every day we wake up with the goal to live another day.  Ok, maybe that is a stretch but don’t we all have goals to some extent?  And why is it so important to have goals? Goals

 The most successful people on this planet didn’t wake up one day with an idea and a few minutes later become successful… No way.  They had an idea and they developed a plan.  Within that plan there were goals – some big, some little – some attainable, some way out there. 

 And each day, they worked at it – chipping away, having triumphs and failures along the way but tweaking and re-evaluating and working toward goals. Goals!

 We have had goals from the day we were born.  Sit up. Crawl. Walk. Talk. Feed ourselves. Dress ourselves. Express ourselves. Make friends. Learn. Communicate. Develop relationships. Learn a skill.  Get a job. Get married.  Have a family. Buy a car. Buy a house. Take a vacation…. Many of these things are milestones that we can only achieve with a plan of action and goal setting. 

 Goals are objectives that you intend to achieve.  Going through life without goals is like getting in your car and driving aimlessly expecting to arrive at your destination without a clue of how to get there. 

 Moving through life without a roadmap and expecting to reach certain milestones haphazardly is certainly one way to go but if you want to get somewhere quickly and with less energy and time, then set goals, work towards them and you will find yourself exactly where you wanted to be.

We should set goals for each area of our lives; but it works best when we are working towards a primary goal.

Do you have a primary goal that you are working towards?

 

Lead yourself first.  Be your best follower…

Here are three key areas to master:

  1. Guard your words.  If anyone is never at fault in what he says he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.  Your words steer your life.  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth.  With our words we praise our Lord and Father, and curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. This should not be.  This is so significant and so true yet much easier said than done… as I was reflecting on this thought yesterday, Edna (my wife and best friend) asked me to help her remove some baked on crust from our glass cook top, and I am not kidding you the first words out of my mouth were, “that will not come out.”  I realized right away that these words would steer my efforts and affect the end result.  Just by my words we were already at a disadvantage.  Be slow to speak and quick to listen.  Speak love.  Guard your words.
  2. Guard your focus.  Protect what you allow your eyes to see and what you focus on.  Clearly define, write down, review and remain focused on your purpose, goals and vision.  There are so many things that want our attention, we have to get better at keeping the main thing the main thing.  As best as possible do not allow the distractions, good or bad to get your attention.  If we are not intentional about this, we will lose.  Guard what you see and focus on.
  3. Guard your actions.  Do the right thing.  What you do speaks so loudly that what you say I cannot hear.  The best form of leadership is leadership by example.  This means Robin, not just writing these things above but living them out.  Jesus Christ, the greatest leader of all time confidently said, “follow me.”  Can we say that?  None of us are perfect, let’s accept that and strive toward being the best that we can be.  Guard your words, guard your focus and guard your actions.

Then confidently say, “follow me…”