“And the LORD answered me: Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end–it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.” ~ Habakkuk 2:2-3
“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” ~ Greg Anderson
I remember learning a very interesting concept from a top leader in my business about goals and dreams. It got me thinking. I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all heard the statement, “dreams come true” at some point in our lives. What the leader said about that caught my attention. He said, “Dreams don’t come true, goals do.” Isn’t that profound? Before you get confused I want to explain what both terms mean. A dream is a vision or an ideal that you hold in your heart and is something that you want to realize in your lifetime. A goal, however, is a dream with a deadline for its accomplishment. In this article I will do my best to explain the process of goal setting and how you can set goals for yourself.
Why set goals?
Every one of us was created to fulfill a specific purpose here on earth. Much of that has to do with our natural gifting and the things we are most passionate about. Some get to identify those unique abilities at a very early age while others take a bit longer. Our job is to give glory to God by making the most of those talents to make the world a better place because the people that win big in life understand that it’s only possible through serving others with what we have. That is our gift to God when we utilize the talents he has invested in us. When we each come to the end of our lives what we long for is to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” from our Creator.
Goal setting by default
When you think about it we have always set goals even though we may not have realized it before. As a primary school child I always had to make sure I did my homework when I came home and submit it to my teacher the following day. This means we all know how to set goals to some degree but not everyone understands the process behind setting goals. To give you an understanding of the significance of goal setting consider this; if you were in a small town you would find it pretty easy to get around and know the place in a very short period of time. Say you were in a city like Beijing in China you do understand that you would need some form of direction to find your way around, yeah? Maybe use a GPS to get from one point to the next. Or even in a place like Johannesburg, South Africa, you would definitely need a GPS to find your way around because it’s such a big place.
What I’m basically alluding to is that in life one needs to have a sense of direction and a system to get from one place to another. I use a life planner called MAP4LIFE to plan my own life, designed by a gentleman from South Africa called Glen McQuirk. There are many goal planning tools in the market so it comes down to what suits you best. This tool that I use has 5 basic steps to take into account as you plan your life:
- Establish Your Position
- Determine Your Destination
- Prepare Your Plan
- Take Action
- Record the Results
I have used the tool for a couple of years and it has helped me to maximize productivity in the pursuit of my goals bringing me greater satisfaction than if I wasn’t using it. The main take away is to understand that there is a process to setting goals no matter how big or small. Understanding the process and applying it will help you maximize your potential and create better results. In the next 2 articles I will do my best to illustrate the significance of all the 5 steps so that you can pursue your goals and achieve great results. Until next time,
Be all you can be!