Importance of Setting Goals

Dear Christian Radio,

Recently, I was asked to write an article about the importance of goal setting. It took a few minutes, but after I found the strength to pick myself up off the floor—from laughing so hard—it all made good sense. Oh, the irony. You see, I have spent way too much time not setting goals even though setting them is actually more important than making them!  Okay, that might be slightly overstated…but it is fair to say that the goals we don’t set out to accomplish will be missed 100 percent of the time.

Goals are huge, especially to Christian believers. Think about it; Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish….” I don’t know about you, but I have spent way too many days allowing the day to happen to me rather than me happening to the day.  Nevertheless, there’s always hope for a new beginning and that beginning starts with setting defined goals.

Goals are extremely important for every aspect of our lives—not just work. While we might expect goal setting to be an unspoken part of any chosen vocation, the practice is just as important for our personal lives. Boldly adopting a “goal standard” for both our personal and professional lives can radically alter the outcomes of our daily, weekly, and yearly experiences. Goals provide necessary direction for every aspect of what we do and they force us to be intentional about living. What’s more, routine goal setting creates healthy habits that can quickly lead to success in life.

S.M.A.R.T. goal setting is by far one of the most popular methods for successfully accomplishing any goal. The basic tenets of the acronym are:

  • (S) SPECIFIC – Clearly state what you want to accomplish.
  • (M) MEASURABLE – Create goals that you can quantify.
  • (A) ACHIEVABLE – Focus on goals that are attainable.
  • (R) REALISTIC – Ensure your goals are properly aligned with your will, abilities, and needs.
  • (T) TIMELY – Set a deadline-based time frame for your goals.

While S.M.A.R.T. is one of the most tried and true methods for goal setting, it is also one of the most failed. Yet, it looks so easy and sounds so…smart. So, if goal setting is the main way we accomplish meaningful things, why do we fail? Perhaps the answer has more to do with the end than it does the beginning. Perfectionism and an unhealthy obsession with the end result can often prevent us from ever starting in the first place.

I highly recommend everyone pick up a copy of Jon Acuff’s latest book, “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done.” This great read gives amazing insight into what keeps us from reaching our goals. If you believe in your goals—and actually want to finish them—this book is a must. However, for now, here are three things you can do today that will help you begin and finish some of those past goals you may have given up on:

  1. Start with a smaller goal – Why overwhelm yourself with something huge? Take a small first step that creates a small win; then, move up to the next rung of the ladder. This makes the process more manageable and a lot more fun.
  2. Have fun – Goal setting can feel so serious…or even boring. Make things fun; the more fun you make each step the better chance you’ll have of sticking with it and actually meeting the goal.
  3. Simplify – We run this way and that way without ever asking if what we’re doing is helping or hurting the goal. Say yes to the things that will help you get to where you want to go; and by all means say no to anything that could potentially stop you.

Committing to goal setting is a great first small step…today is the day to get started and win.

#ENCW–

Frankie Morea
Vice President of Programming
Positive Alternative Radio

 

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