I just finished writing my goals for 2022. It is a little early, but I like to have them done by the time I start my leadership classes so that I can use mine as an example on how to write goals. Learning how to write good, motivational goals is one of the major things that those who are in my leadership classes will learn. Leadership I is all about personal growth in character, becoming a person who God will use to do his work. Leadership II is all about bearing much fruit as a disciple of Jesus, and everyone learns what the key principles are for being a highly productive person. Leadership III is learning how to communicate clearly, how to teach others effectively, and preach when the opportunity arises so that the hearers are well taught and motivated to do what you are teaching them to do.
I have 73 goals this year because I will be 73 years old next month and I have written one goal per year old I am since I was 18 years old. Some of the goals I set this year don’t really need to be goals because I have done them long enough that I would do them whether I made them a goal or not, such as my Bible reading goal. I put these in my goal list because of the teaching and modeling I do with them in my leadership class, and I want everyone to have a Bible reading goal so I put mine in. One of my guiding principles when I write my goals is that every year I will learn a new skill that I have never learned before, I will go someplace I have never been before, and I will do something that I have never done before. I also try to have several BHAG’s, “Big Hairy Audacious Goals.” One of my BAGS’s is to pedal my bicycle 4,000 miles to Yorktown, Virginia this summer. That should be a fun goal, an exciting goal, and a very hard one, that is why it is a BHAG.
One of the diseases common to all people is one called “rutitus”, (spell checker had fun with that one!). Rutitus is the tendency that people have to get in a rut, that is, they do what they have always done and they do it the way they have always done it. Rutitus is caused by a combination of a fear of failing, the security and comfort that doing the same old things the same old way brings, and it is just plain easier.
One of the purposes of goal setting is to push ourselves out of the ruts that we are in. It is one of the reasons that is hard to get people to set goals. People like their ruts for the reasons that I have already mentioned.