I usually start on October 1st writing my goals, but I have a little extra time so I am going to start today. So I always start by reading over last years goals, and doing an evaluation of how I did. I ask questions of myself concerning my goals, and write the answers. Here are a few of the questions that I ask as I determine the answer to the big question, “What Am I going to do next year? (1) Can I do better on this goal if I keep it for another year? (2) Was the accomplishment of this goal worth it in terms of energy, time, and money that it cost? (3) Did I enjoy the pursuit and accomplishment of this goal? (4) Did this goal result in a significant accomplishment in terms helping others? (5) How much desire and passion do I have left for this goal? (6) Is pursuing this goal the responsible thing to do? (7) Is this goal one that I would encourage everyone I know to pursue? (8) I can only do so much so should I replace this goal with one that is more noble? (9) Will Patty be excited about me pursuing this goal? (10) Am I reasonably certain that this goal is God’s will for me?
Setting personal goals, evaluating them, reading them, writing strategies to accomplish them all takes time, but it is the most important time that we can spend if we want to grow as a person in character, bear more and more fruit, and improve in our relationships with others. The most natural thing we do is to get into a holding pattern and keep doing what we have always done because it is comfortable.
Honest self-evaluation of who we are, what we have done, and where we are going is so important, and then acting on that evaluation with passion and desire. Goal setting is the key to “pressing on to maturity”.