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Through the Goal Posts


Feb 14


Football Goal[tweet_dis]How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions?[/tweet_dis] New Year’s resolutions usually fail pretty quickly. I wonder if that is because they are often made on an impulse and without a lot of planning. New Year’s resolutions typically state a beginning (where someone is now), and an end point (where they would like to be), without giving a lot of thought to the process involved in accomplishing their newly set resolution.

There is an alternative!

Well thought out goals are a much better alternative to impulsive resolutions. Goals tend to be much more effective when planning and praying are a part of the process of setting them and achieving them.

I think of goals on a football field. There is a “target” – where you want the ball to end up. So is it with goals. You set the target and through preparation and prayer move toward that target. If you fail to hit the target exactly, don’t give up! You re-evaluate the goal, where you are currently at, and how you can keep moving forward toward the goal.

Let me give you some guidelines that help me. These are taken from my new book release “Move Forward Successfully, 2014 and Beyond”.

1)    Set SMART goals[1]

  • Specific – goals need to be very clear and exact. Avoid anything that is general and ambiguous.
  • Measurable – goals need to have specific criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of the goal.
  • Attainable – goals need to be realistic and should not be out of reach nor below standard performance.
  • Relevant – goals need to be worthwhile to you, something worth attaining
  • Time-bound – goals need to have a target or goal date attached to them.

2)    Prayerfully write down goals that you have for the coming year. I recommend setting separate goals for each quarter.

3)    Review your goals periodically.

4)    Avoid a “success – fail” mentality. If you do not hit your goals, don’t give up. You may need to adjust them or brainstorm about how to overcome obstacles. Moving forward toward your goals a little at a time is better than not moving forward at all.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 29:18 “without a vision people act without restraint.” Without focus and clear goals, we lack direction and are far less likely to be successful in our endeavors.

Don’t be discouraged if you have failed on New Year’s resolutions. It is time to refocus and with SMART goals, kick the ball right between the goal posts!

I would love to hear how you are doing with your resolutions/goals for 2014. Have you been successful? Do you need to regroup and try again?

[1] Doran, G. T. (1981). There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives. Management Review, Volume 70, Issue 11(AMA FORUM), pp. 35–36.

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