How To Set Goals With Purpose
This last week was the first week in a very long time that I didn’t feel direction about what was next. I am a naturally productive person and have always had a project or big goal looming over me. But, thanks to a Creator who showed me that I can do hard things, mentors who kick me in the rear when I need it, and a supportive family who cheers me on, I reached my big goals for this year.
I honestly have never had a year where I stuck with and accomplished everything I set out to do. It feels great, but I also feel a bit like I’m aimlessly spiraling. What does someone who is naturally productive and hardworking do when there are no pre-determined mountains to climb? I spent the last week spinning my wheels — getting things done but not really moving forward or progressing in what mattered. So, I sat down over the weekend to do what I coach others to do; I set new goals.
But just as I grabbed all my materials and sat cozily at my farm table, I came across the video below that transformed the way I approached the goal-setting process:
Goal-setting is a positive, forward movement. It helps us jump off the busy bandwagon we all feel pressured to ride. Goals encourage us to become beings of purpose. What I love about the video above is that it reminded me of my purpose to make disciples. My impact is only as powerful as my relationship with God and my love for His people. I can make all the plans in the world and set well-intentioned goals, but without showing up with a humble heart of service, I am only checking off a do-list.
Next time you sit down to set goals for yourself, keep your purpose in mind:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:19-20
How can I encourage you on your goal-setting journey to focus on the eternal?