‘Write the vision and make it plain.’ Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV
Only when you’re clear about your personal goals, can you measure your personal growth. Here are eight proven principles that will help you to establish the right goals for your life:
(1) Begin with prayer; otherwise the ladder you’re climbing may be leaning against the wrong wall. ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but…the Lord’s purpose… prevails.’ (Proverbs 19:21 NIV)
(2) Think on paper. God told Habakkuk, ‘Write the vision and make it plain.’ Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energizes you.
(3) Set deadlines. ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time.’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV) Without a definite beginning and ending, it’s easy to procrastinate and get nowhere.
(4) List the steps you need to take. Then keep the list before you at all times; it will show you the path to follow.
(5) Prioritize the steps in order of importance. What do you need to do first? What can you do later? An organized plan is always better than trying to carry stuff around in your head.
(6) Take action—now. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.’ (Ephesians 5:15–16 NIV) A mediocre plan that’s implemented always beats a brilliant plan that isn’t.
(7) Do something each day to move you forward. For example, read systematically through the Bible in a year… call a specific number of clients every week… engage in physical activity every day.
(8) Have goals you’re willing to devote your life to. The psalmist said, ‘Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’ (Psalm 90:12 NIV)