Goals rotate the world. Goals are the birthplace to greatness—to success. Goals are the gateway to growth. If you aren’t striving for anything, then you aren’t growing, and you are missing a huge chunk of fulfillment in life. However, people often fail to set solid goals. Below are six things to consider when setting goals.
1) Set both short and long-term goals. Short-term goals will give you something to work towards on your way to your long-term goals. Short-term goals could be within a week, a month, three months, or even a year. Long-term goals are those things that you aspire to do or be one day that will take time and require a change in who you are.
2) Set a daily goal. Don’t get this confused with a to-do list. Make your daily goal one specific thing that you would like to accomplish that day. It can be the same each day or it can vary. It all depends on your schedule and what you want to do with your day. Ask yourself, “What one thing will give me success today?” When you focus on that one daily goal, everything that you do in the day will revolve around achieving that goal. This will make for more and more positive, progressive, and successful days.
3) Ask, “Are my goals just for my own satisfaction, or do they bring glory to God?” If your goals are just for personal satisfaction or for attention, then your goals are not really worth pursuing and your successes are futile in the long run. Reevaluate your goals. Think about if what you are doing will actually matter when it’s all said and done.
Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.
—Psalm 127:1, NLT
4) It is vital to set tangible goals. You will burn out if you set goals that are vague. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight. Your goal can’t be to “lose weight” because there is no way of determining your success. A good goal would be to say that you want to lose 20 pounds. That way you can determine when you achieve your goal.
5) Put a time frame on your goals. This can be helpful, especially with short-term goals. Using the same example as #4, you could say that you want to lose 20 pounds by a certain date. That is a specific, tangible goal, and the time will also hold you accountable to work for it by sticking to a plan and not procrastinating. Putting a time frame on your goals eliminates the, “One day I’ll do it” phrase.
6) Set goals that stretch you. Despite the outcome, challenging goals are needed in order to find true joy in what you are aspiring to do. You need to have goals that will require you to operate on the next level, physically and mentally. This is where measurable growth begins.
Hunter Kallay, author of "Plug in Your Life." He is a Christian leader and speaker.