i want to focus on the five important kinds of goals we must set for our lives.
The Bible says in Isaiah 54:2: Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations.
Spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.
In order for us to measure up, and achieve our goals, we must understand the five important kinds of goals I am about to mention.
There are five basic keys to goal-setting and we call them SMART goals. The S stands for specific. Goals should be specific steps, not vague desires. An unfocused goal is useless.
Resolving to find a voluntary agency geared to help people with HIV infection may get you no praise at all, but it will surely move you off the starting blocks.
M stands for measurable. If you can’t measure it, you can’t monitor it says Paul J. Meyer. You should make your goals measurable not just in terms of what is accomplished but also when. How do you measure your goals.
Long-term goals must be broken down into short-term intermediary goals. That’s how you know you are on target.
The next letter is A and stands for attainable.
In my 25 years as a pastor I have set out to train at least 100 church members per year on leadership development and Discipleship, so that they in turn may train others to do the same.
When it comes to the end of the year and we see the growth we realise how our goals were attained.
The next letter is R that stands for realistic. Be realistic in your timing; don’t go for too much too soon.
Losing 5 kilograms may be attainable, but to do so in 24 hours is not realistic. Putting a man on the moon was attainable. Doing it within 12 months after President Kennedy announced the goal was not realistic.
The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) space program didn’t begin with a frenzied rush.
The man-on-the-moon objective was worked towards gradually, each of the thousands of steps becoming intermediary goals and each goal building on the previous one, until in 1969 Neil Alden Armstrong stepped off the landing module to make his “giant leap for mankind.”
Finally, we see that last letter is “T” that stands for tangible.
A tangible goal is one that demands an immediate change in behaviour or planning.
A man whose marriage is going through some rough times could back up the long-term goal of treating his wife more considerately by making some short-term resolutions.
“For the next seven days I won’t complain when she’s late” or “For the next month I’ll take her out to dinner every Friday evening.”