Making Life (Plan) Goals, Happy New Year!

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I recently finished a great book, called Circle Maker, which inspired me to re-examine life goals.  One of my favorite quotes from the book was “We overestimate what we can accomplish in two years and underestimate what we can accomplish in ten” (p. 136).  In effort to life a life of vision, I’m going through a process of re-examining my life goals in the context of a life plan.  Perhaps, something similar to this could be of value you to in 2015 and beyond.

Batterson’s advice on life goals is awesome.  I highly recommend his book.  Here are 10 things to help you write out a life goals list (p. 178ff)

  1. Start with prayer
  2. Check your motives
  3. Think in categories
  4. Be specific
  5. Write it down
  6. Include others
  7. Celebrate along the way
  8. Dream big
  9. Think long
  10. Pray hard

Setting goals is tough.  But totally worth it.

Here’s a format that has helped me and a bunch of other people to begin to set goals and work toward their completion in a less frightening manner:

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Look at your life and dream with God about where you want to be in 5 years in any particular area.  At Aroma, we spend a lot of time talking about personal growth, community growth and missional growth.  Personal growth is your relationship with Jesus and your personal development.  This could be learning a language or going back to school.  Community growth is your capacity to love and care for people around you.  Missional growth is responding to the God’s mission in your life.

Take a long-term goal and break it down into steps.  Then, break those steps into steps.  Then, break those steps into steps.  Keep breaking down until you know that you’ve got a task you could accomplish this week.  Then, DO IT!

My hope for you is that 2015 is filled with hope and accomplishment.


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