Last week, I talked about SMART Goals and assumed people knew what they actually are. What SMART means is that goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. While this model is great for goals, it lacks the faith-based component. Here’s another option for SMART goals that might feel a bit better for those of us who prefer to put the focus back on God:
Specifically, ask God for direction when you’re in prayer. For goals to be successfully set, they need to be distinct and well defined. Praying can help you define your path. Generalized, vague goals aren’t effective because they lack sufficient direction. Keep in mind that goals are designed to help show you the way, especially with God’s guidance. It’s nice to know that we’re not alone in the process. As Christians, we are blessed with access to the guidance and support of the greatest power in the universe.
Meaningful instead of Measurable
When it comes to meaningful goal setting, praying is the best way to jump-start the process. By setting SMART goals in the context of prayer, there’s a much greater likelihood that they will be meaningful and glorify God as well. If they’re not, they’re probably not goals worth setting. Take some time to pray to God about your heart and ask Him to help you set meaningful goals to accomplish His purpose.
So, commit your Goals to the Lord; trust in Him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
So, What… for This Week?
If you haven’t already, start WRITING out the goals God has put on your heart! Make sure they are SMART (as in this new definition). Get specific, and make sure your goals line up with God and are meaningful to Him and you!