If you are breathing oxygen and reading this, you’ve been given an incredible gift. God has given you an opportunity to leave this world a better place than you found it, to do something in the temporal that can have consequences in the eternal. My potential is God’s gift to me, my maximization of that potential is my gift back to God. In order for that to happen I must be goal oriented enough to place some demands on my time and resources. With that in mind let me share just a few observations about goals and there importance.
1. WITHOUT GOALS WE TEND TO LOSE FOCUS AND DRIFT
It is the equivalent to shooting arrows with no target or rowing feverishly in an open ocean with no compass. Without some kind of clearly defined destination, movement becomes monotonous and meaningless. Goals provide us with a clear place to direct our limited energy, time and resources.
2. GOALS HAVE A WAY OF INSPIRING UNCOMMON UNITY
When the goal is significant enough, it not only makes you realize how much you need others to fulfill it, but it also inspires others to get involved and be a part of it. People intrinsically want their life to matter and they desire to be a part of something bigger than just themselves. Big goals create the necessary tension and challenge that engages others to invest their time and talents as well.
3. GOALS THAT ARE SEASONED BY GOD BRING AN ENERGY AND POWER THAT YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN OTHERWISE
God gives supernatural strength, not as a toy but as a tool to do His will and work. Whenever you attempt great things FOR God, it is then that you can fully expect great things FROM God. Dream God sized dreams and you run head long into God’s strategic power.
4. GOALS REQUIRE COURAGE
Sometimes the reason people never set specific goals is because if you have no goals you never run the risk or possibility of failure. Goals require courage because they immediately bring accountability. When the goal is ever before you, it lets you know it’s time to get up and get moving.
There will always be 4 kinds of people around your dreams and goals, the quicker you learn to recognize them and adjust, the better off you will be.
a. Rejectors- These people will never embrace the dream and for some reason they are never content to simply bow out, they seem to be driven to convince you to quit as well. You can love them but you can’t allow them access to your life or they will eventually win.
b. Reducers- These people strive to dilute the dream and water it down to a consistency that they are comfortable with. If your dream is big and you feel it is from the Lord, then it’s big for a reason. Don’t compromise.
c. Refreshers- These people inspire your dreams and energize you to keep pressing and pushing. Always give ample access to these people, they will encourage you when things get slow and the climb gets steep.
d. Refiners- These people not only support your dreams and goals but actually sharpen them and make them better. They add value to your endeavor and consistently offer creative ways to elevate the dream. FIND THESE PEOPLE AND INVITE THEM IN AS A FIXTURE IN YOUR LIFE. You will immediately see the results.