January 6, 2012

The Importance of Setting Goals

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As I begin 2012 I am re-reading a book by John Edmund Haggai. It is The Influential Leader. If you lead anything (and we all lead something), you should read this one. Dr. Haggai is the founder of the Haggai Institute for Advanced Leadership Training. He is a dynamic leader and missionary. In chapter two he speaks of goals and the importance of writing down a plan to achieve them once set. “Effective implementation of the vision depends heavily on the skill of goal setting.” Dr. Haggai gives 4 reasons for goal phobia: • Fear of setting bad goals. • Fear of failing. • Fear of ridicule. • Fear of presumption. This is the spiritual one where some say setting a goal is a presumption on God’s will. Proverbs 24:3-4 will help here. He hammers this principle hard. It is amazing so few people have stated goals and even fewer write them down. I have a piece of paper with ten goals I wrote down in seminary. With most of them accomplished, it is time I need to retool and rewrite since goals change throughout our lives. What are your goals for 2012? What is your God-given vision? How will you move toward the goals? A goal without a plan is a wish without a hope.

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