A goal is “A specific desire that I would like to achieve or obtain in the future to change my life significantly and help me be a greater blessing to humanity while fulfilling God’s will for my life”. The key component in this definition is that it points to a place where you want to end up and not to the place you are today. A goal is an investment in yourself; it identifies what YOU want, how you will get it, and when you will get it

Why set goals?

  • Goals create a road map for success.
  • Goals are the targets toward which you point your life.
  • Goals give you a starting point and a destination to reach.
  • Written goals help you to see where you are going, what changes you need to make, and if you are progressing towards your prize.
  • To achieve your life goals, you must make sacrifices, stay committed, overcome challenges, and work on your plans.
  • You will find as you set goals that are focused on God’s vision the more you will grow and accomplish.
  • Goals help you focus your attention on your purpose and make it your dominant aspiration.

When you have a definite target, it positions you for real success. A specific goal does not take you around in circles; it puts you on a direct course of action. Goal achievement requires a committed, concentrated, and consistent work ethic to make your dreams a reality.

The process of writing your goals helps you clarify what you desire to do, understand the importance of pursuing them, and commit yourself to making them happen. Goals have value only if they help you develop and improve yourself or others’ potential. When you measure your goal’s progress, you stay on track, see your target dates, and experience the excitement of achievement that will propel you to reach your goals.

  • When you set actionable goals make sure they agree with your overall vision.
  • A goal worth pursuing is not something that anyone can easily talk you out of achieving.
  • Defining your goals in writing impresses them upon your heart and mind.

Goals are reached one step at a time.

When you commit yourself to your vision and express it with achievable goals, you provide yourself with the motivation of where you are going and how you anticipate getting there. Goals help you to determine priorities and direct you to focus on what is important.

Things to Note about Goal Setting

Why have you not been so successful in reaching some of your goals?

A goal is not a good idea: It is a destination with clear pathways Good idea-I want to own my own house in Isiohor. Goal-I will own my three-bedroom duplex in Isiohor by 1 July 2025. Write down what you have had as a good idea and turn it into goals.

Create goals that stretch you: Henry Blackabby and Claude King in Experiencing God call such “God-sized” projects. When you create goals for your life, be willing to write down some big ones that stretch you.

Create goals that require you to grow to achieve them:  If a goal does not make you grow, you cannot become a life master. Growth gives you life lessons that are necessary to learn new skills.

Create a breakthrough goal: It is a goal “that would represent a quantum leap for you and your career”-Jack Canefield. Most goals only represent improvements in our lives but don’t set us apart from others. For instance: Life improvement goal- Become a graduate of the University. Quantum leap- graduating with a first class.

One goal is not enough: Develop goals in the 6 areas of life: Family and Home; Financial and Career; Spiritual and Ethical; Physical and Health; Social and Cultural, and Mental and Educational. Setting goals in each area of life will ensure a more balanced life as you begin to examine and change the fundamentals of everyday living.

Your goal cannot contradict any of your other goals: For example, you can’t buy an N1.5 million car if your income goal is only N50,000 per year. This is called non-integrated thinking and will sabotage all the hard work you put into your goals.

Reread your goals every day: Follow the 3″R’s”-Review, re-evaluate, rewrite. Review your goals regularly and write the steps for the day on your” to-do list”. That is why the Bible says too that examine yourself whether you are still in the faith. This verse can still be applied to our day-to-day activities.

What Stops People from Setting Goals?

Thoughtful considerations: Ecclesiastics 11:4. Since a goal would have to stretch you, some persons begin to wallow in thoughtful considerations of what it might take to achieve that goal. Mention one thing your inner voice tells you why you should not attempt your goal(s)

Fears of the known and unknown: Fears are feelings that are attached to our emotions. Some of these fears are those of failing, rejection, making a fool of yourself, getting physically and emotionally hurt, and even losing all your savings/jobs. These fears are not unusual; they are all part of the process of becoming.

Spiritual Roadblocks: Matthew 13:24-28. Roadblocks are simply real obstacles that life throws at you. Roadblocks are created by external circumstances. These include nobody buying into your project; you don’t have all the money for the project; you need investors you can’t reach, or even a government policy to help access funds.

Paths to Effective Goal Setting

“Goals provide a sense of direction and purpose” (Gold Stein, 1994, p. 96).”Goal setting capitalizes on the human brain’s amazing powers: Our brains are problem-solving, goal-achieving machines. “Goal setting involves establishing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-targeted (SMART) objectives.

It must follow a divine model: The spiritual model is what replicates the physical model of Tudor Bismarck. Whatever succeeds physically has a spiritual representation like that. People succeed not because of the anointing but because the model that tends to replicate is realizable because of their release. Don’t base your goal on what you can fathom and not on what God can lay in your spirit-man. We have models in the Scripture for almost anything we so desire to “goal set”.

It must be measurable: Your goals must be stated in a way that anybody other than yourself can measure them. This includes how much and by when. Wrong will lose 10 pounds of weight. Right-I will weigh 65 pounds by5.35pm on 11 September.

Your goal must be as specific as possible: In this, there should be the inclusion to make the model, colour, year, and any other feature that makes your goal what you want. “Vogue goals produce vague results”-Jack Canfield.

Write it out in detail: Habakkuk 2:2-3Write out your goals as if you are writing specifications for a job order. Think of your goal “as a request to God” to bring into fulfillment and total manifestation. It is God that can make things right.

Conclusion

Learning goals are very important in achieving higher success and achievement. The purpose of goal setting is not to control goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar. When we have goals, we should be able to control our time, our resources, our money, and all things that belong to us.