092: How To Set And Achieve My Goals

092: How To Set And Achieve My Goals

As it is the beginning of 2018, Goal setting is the topic of many conversations. Most people try and fail at setting goals but the exercise is important to the desire for success. Today, I talk about two ways to set goals.

Why people don’t set goals:

  1. First, they don’t think goal setting is important.
    Brian Tracy writes about that. He says:

    “Living without clear goals is like driving in a thick fog. No matter how powerful or well-engineered your car, you drive slowly, hesitantly, making little progress on even the smoothest road. Deciding upon your goals clears the fog immediately and allows you to focus and channel your energies and your abilities. Clear goals enable you to step on the accelerator of your own life and race ahead rapidly toward achieving more of what you really want.”

  2. The second reason people don’t set goals is the fear of failure.
  3. The third reason people don’t set goals is they simply don’t know how.

Goals are important in that they give a general direction for one’s activities. The goal should be specific, measurable and have a date on it. The activity of the goal should be within your control but not necessarily the outcome. Own the Goal.

For example:

Poor Goal:

  • Increase worship attendance 25%. We can’t control people’s behaviors.

Better Goal:

  • Make the worship experience more inviting. We can hang specifics on that one by, for example, providing better visuals, evaluate and update our worship presentation, become a more skilled speaker, incorporate or eliminate certain elements, encourage members to be inviting.

Poor Goal:

  • Increase the number of our small group participation by 30%.

Better Goal:

  • Increase the number of small group opportunities by 15 small groups. We can set up the environments and whether the people join one or not is not ours to control.

Here’s one process for setting Goal – if your personality is more ‘free’ this might fit.

  1. Set a goal: the outcome. What you want to achieve.
  2. Establish strategies: The broad approaches you are going to take in order to achieve the goal.
  3. Define objectives for each strategy. Objectives are the measurable tasks that will be undertaken in order to realize the strategies.
  4. Develop tactics – the tools that will be used in order to achieve the objectives.
    *Put a date on these… a goal without a date is just a dream… you can always adjust….

Example: World War II in order to illustrate the application of these concepts.
Goal: Win the war.
Strategy: Surround Germany to choke off the resources that fueled its military force.
Objective: Invade France. This is measurable. You’ll know if you’ve succeeded and to what degree.
Tactics: What will you use to do this? e.g. ships, planes, soldiers, etc.

In summary:
Goals = the broad outcomes
Strategies = the general approaches you will take
Objectives = the measurable steps to achieve the strategies
Tactics = the tools you will use.

Here is one of the methods that I use for goal setting. It is from speaker/author Brian Tracy:

  1. Decide what you want. What do you really want for your life this year? To influence a certain people group? To climb a mountain or run a marathon? To write a book?
  2. Write it down.
  3. Set a deadline. Remember that a goal without a deadline is only a dream. If the goal is huge (e.g. write my first novel), then set sub-deadlines (e.g. finish one chapter per month).
  4. Brainstorm a list of everything you can think of that you could do to accomplish this.
  5. Organize the list. What is the sequence (i.e. what has to come first, etc) and what is the priority (i.e. what is the most important item on this list?). Accomplish that first.
  6. Do something. This is the most crucial of the list. “Simple action gets things done. Focused action changes the world!” (I just made that up. Feel free to Tweet it :))
  7. Do something every day.
  8. Get a coach! (Click here to find out about working with me),


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