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Planning & Goal Setting (Part II of Plan, Goals, & Purpose Theme)

Planning & Goal Setting (Part II of Plan, Goals, & Purpose Theme)

Zig Ziglar often said “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” The A Life Well Lived Christian Day Planner life area and goal setting exercise was developed to help you aim at something. Life areas are categories that our life can be divided into for practical planning and goal setting purposes. The life areas are spiritual, family, career, financial, physical, intellectual/creative, and community.
Step I: Define and write down some general goals for each life area based on your dreams and passions. Remember that goals can be slightly adjusted or completely changed at a later date based on changing personal circumstances but it is important to get started with planning & goal setting now based on your current situation.
Step II: Now prioritize your goals to determine which goal(s) you want to pursue first. You will want to consider your individual limitations to work on multiple goal tasking. Avoid over-committing yourself. Your probability of goal achievement will be greatly increased if you are not trying to do too many things at once.
Step III: Now plan to devote several days to explore the goals you are pursuing for each life area. Give thorough consideration to (1) Your passion and dedication to make the goal a reality, (2) Your personal strengths and weaknesses, (3) If and how achieving this goal will impact and improve your life, (4) The investment of time required, (5) The financial commitment that will be involved. Make adjustments as needed until you are at peace with moving forward. In Luke 14:28 Jesus says “Suppose one of you want to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and consider the costs to see if he is able to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish, everyone who sees it will ridicule him.”
Step IV: Spend additional time in prayer. Speak to God about your dreams, ambitions, desires, and goals as well as the concerns and considerations that you have identified. Psalm 20:4 “May He grant you according to your hearts desire, and fulfill all your purpose.” Seek His guidance often and then listen for the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart over the next few days. Be receptive to His correction and obedient to His will. If God approves and you have his blessing, you will feel at peace and can have faith and confidence to move forward. If you feel that God is cautioning or correcting you, consider either repeating step III for revisions or postponing planning and goal setting in that particular life area for now.
Step V: Upon feeling at peace in your time with God, seek His guidance in creating and implementing a detailed and realistic plan of action steps for achieving your life area goals. Psalm 32:8 says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Prepare a detailed seven day action plan. Be as specific as possible and remember to break action steps into small, achievable, and measurable parts so that you can gauge your progress each day. At the end of each week, re-evaluate your planning and begin outlining actions steps for the following week, and so on….repeating this process until completion.
Step VI: Prepare a timeline of how you envision your goals playing out over set periods of time (example six months, two years, five years). You should determine the time increments based on your personal circumstances. Some goals can be achieved in a short period of time while others may take years. Be patient and accept that God’s timing is perfect. While His timing may not be consistent with yours, He knows what is best for you and may have an alternate path to get you to your goal destination. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have made for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Step VII: Share your plans and experiences with other Christians that God has placed in your life. Seek their confirmation, counsel, wisdom, knowledge, and prayers. Be prepared for the possibility that the feedback that you receive may not be what you want to hear. God sometimes uses others in our lives to give us pause, reflection, and possibly redirection. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.”
Step VIII: Stay committed and don’t give up. Nourish your mind each morning with devotional time. Share your progress excitement as well as your concerns with God and again be receptive to His guidance and instruction. Develop the daily routine of placing God in the center of your daily planning process. Surround yourself with positive people who will inspire and encourage you. God will provide opportunities and open doors. Persevere through the set backs and when you fall or feel defeated, don’t stay there. Remember that success for many people was only a step away when they gave up. In Philippians 4:13 we are reminded, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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