Did you declare “New Year’s Resolutions” and skip the most important goal? It is the goal which could change your life even if you don’t accomplish it 100%. However, it usually doesn’t even hit the top ten resolutions people make.
The Most Important Goal
All goals are good but choosing a spiritual one is paramount in the life of a Christian. Remember that becoming more Christ-like is a lifetime process and setting a spiritual goal each year will help you move in that direction.
Have you asked yourself – Where does God want me to grow spiritually?
Setting a spiritual goal is not a quick and easy goal to set. It will take some time and reflection with God to see where he might want you to grow. His answer might surprise you.
Listen for His voice. God will speak to you.
Not sure where to start? We have a packet for you to help you decipher what God wants for you this year. If you are a subscriber here at “Embracing the Unexpected,” you would have received it in your weekly email. If you are not part of our tribe, click here to receive your goal packet.
Steps to Help You Accomplish The Most Important Goal (Or any goal)
Invite God into your process of any goal setting. After all, don’t you ultimately want His will for your life?
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
Ponder the Past
New starts can be astounding. I love revamping, re-organizing, and dreaming about what the new year can bring. However, heading into a new year with only forward-thinking might make the chances of our success slimmer.
We must look back at the previous year to see where we have been, what we did well, and where we struggled. History tends to repeat itself. Is that what you want? Asking yourself some pertinent questions will help you move forward and get the results you want. Worksheets are included in the downloadable packet.
Setting goals can be done in any season during the year, so why we insist on doing them the final day of the year, I will never understand. We pressure ourselves into making New Year’s Resolutions because that is what we are “supposed” to do. The timing couldn’t be worse for the majority of us.
Most of us quite honestly are exhausted from the holidays. Maybe we even entertained a little family drama, which has worn us down emotionally. I bet many of us have overindulged in some form or fashion so looking at December, as an accurate indicator of our year will most certainly be a skewed perspective. It is no surprise we abandon most goals by February 1st. The unrealistic marks we set surely will end up with the stamp of FAILURE.
Find the time which works best for you. Don’t rush through your goal setting, let it take however long it takes. The first few weeks of January seem to be an ideal time for me. Of course, this is after all the hoopla from the holidays has been cleared out.
Keep it Simple
There are so many areas that one could make New Year’s Resolutions in (Spiritual, Emotional, Relationship, Health, Financial, etc.) and so many methods of setting them.
The overachiever in me would like to establish a target in every area along with steps to accomplish every goal.
However, this method has never resulted in the kind of success I desire.
One year I did it differently. I decided to keep it simple. I chose one word to work on for the year. My one word could apply to all areas of my life.
I found my one word could permeate all areas where I desired growth. It made the target not an all or nothing like most New Year’s Resolutions. I didn’t end up with a big stamp of FAILED – I won.
My word was “minimize.” I learned how to minimize in all areas of life. It wasn’t perfect, but it got me moving in the right direction.
Spiritually – I minimized my distraction when spending time with God.
To this day, my word from years ago still helps me. It is easy to remember one word. I love the “one word” for the year, but it isn’t for everyone.
All Ten Steps are in the packet. Click here to read “10 Steps You Don’t Want to Miss in Setting Goals.”
Maybe you don’t choose resolutions because you know your track record of failing stands firm. After all, only 8 percent of people are successful in accomplishing their New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t let that stop you from moving closer to God.
How about this year starting with the most important goal, “A Spiritual Goal?” It will be so worthwhile as it will bring you closer to God. It will fill your year with more Faith, Hope, and Love even in the midst of the unexpected.
Happy New Year!
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