One of the first things I do each morning is to weigh myself. I don’t do it because I’m vain, but because I have a goal weight that I am trying to get to. The scale gives me a daily measurement of how well I’m doing towards that goal. It reminds me of how far I’ve come and let’s me know how far I have to go.
In my life and in my job I have specific goals that I am trying to attain. I have safeguards and measures along the way to make sure I stay on track and am moving in the right direction. As I was reflecting on those goals, I began to wonder what my spiritual goals were. If I have physical goals, I should have spiritual goals too.
Here are some ways to help you set spiritual goals.
1. Determine what you want to accomplish
All goals start with the finish line in mind. You have to know where you are going if you are going to get there. Be as specific as possible (i.e. win 6 people this year, read the bible in a year, pray 15 minutes a day). Being specific helps you to see where you are in your journey and how much further you need to go.
It should also be something that you can’t attain in your own strength and ability. It is a spiritual goal which means it should be God ordained and require His strength and help to get you there. Pray and ask Him for guidance on what your goals should be.
2. Put a time limit on it
If you don’t put a deadline on it, you will never get there. You need to create a sense of urgency in reaching your goals. Set your goal in a timeframe you know that you can work in. If a year is too long to maintain your focus, set it at 6 or 3 months. Divide up your goal into that time frame so that it is in bite size chunks. If it is to win 3 people in the next 6 months, then look at it as 1 person every 2 months with a final goal of 3 total at the end.
Just like I look at the scale every day, look at your goal each day to see where you are. If you hit it early, then set a new goal that challenges you more. Another reason the time limit is there is to help you reevaluate and to reestablish new goals. Paul said that he had not yet attained his goal. He was pressing on and keeping his eye on the goal. We should too.
3. Get an accountability partner
Any time you have a goal, you need to let others know. They will make sure that you are sticking with it as well as to offer encouragement along the way. It’s easy to get discouraged, especially when you set large goals. Having someone to run along side of you and challenge you will help you to attain it faster.
There is something about being vulnerable and honest with someone else that helps us. We can’t do everything on our own even though we try. Bringing in someone else to challenge you will also challenge them. You will find that they will share their goals with you and you can help them. You are not alone in this.
What spiritual goals do you need to set for yourself today? When do you want to accomplish those by? Who can best hold you accountable and help you to reach them? Don’t delay. Take that first step today to start moving towards where God wants you.