January 6, 2012
The Importance of Setting Goals
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.