Setting The Right Goals
“I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God ...” Philippians 3:14 (ASV).
The thing with most powerful success principles is that they often sound too simple to be the key. Set the right goals and get passionate about them.
Wait a minute. God didn’t just throw people down here because He has a vision that reads, “To fill the earth with 10 billion people by 2020.” No! He created every one of us uniquely to find purpose in Him and to be fulfilled. That means that we have to find that purpose and run with it. Conversely, running with the wrong purpose is impetuous.
What goals are you chasing? Have you set goals that are contrary to your position in Christ?Do you pursue goals just so that you relish the euphoria of your accomplishments?You hear people say, “I want to be the richest in my family,” or “I want to be the most popular minister in town,” or “I want to make it in this life before 30.” Again, do not run your life as though you were in a competition with others. Stop rushing into things because everybody is doing so. Don’t attempt to force yourself into limelight.
That’s the reason it is important that after giving your life to Christ, you deliberately get on the journey of discovery—that of the plans God has for your life through study of the Word and fellowship with Him in prayers. Document what God lays in your heart, and as you go ahead, you will begin to see ahead, without necessarily seeing the complete picture.
Now, a goal should not just be in one’s head. It should be written down in black and white, otherwise it is merely a wish. The difference between a wish and a goal is a plan. A goal is followed up with a plan of action with specific deadlines. Goals that have no deadlines are easily eroded by procrastination and the passion to realise the goals become waned with the passing of time. Whether your disposition is to move towards success (to gain something) or to walk away from failure (to avoid pain), develop a winning habit of acting out your goals and plans within the confines of the set deadlines.
To be continued next week.
-Tope S. Aladenusi