5 Good Reasons to Set Goals for 2017

(Even If You Hate Goal-Setting)

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  • A free ebook on the 8 strategies successful people are using now to accomplish more next year.
  • Why I believe it’s proper for Christians to set goals…it’s even our “sacred duty.”
  • And then, of course, 5 Good Reasons to Set Goals for 2017 (Even If You Hate Goal-Setting)

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Spiritual Foundations

There are those in the family of faith that believe that setting goals is “sinful arrogance”. The argument for this belief comes from the book of James in the New Testament. James, the brother of Jesus, says this…

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:13-16)

James is echoing the sentiment of this passage from the Old Testament:

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1)

Do these verses teach us that setting goals is sinful arrogance? I don’t think so. In fact, I think it is our duty as Christians to set goals, and I have three strong reasons to support that assertion. We’ll get to those in a moment, but first I want to tackle this idea that Christians should not set goals at all.

People who hold this view (that goal-setting is wrong) usually offer as argument the idea that they are “free to be led by the Spirit”. They want to be sure they are “open to God’s will”. There are at least three incorrect pre-suppostions embedded within this position. If this is your belief, you are assuming:

  1. Your “feelings” and “promptings” are the one and only infallible way of accessing God’s specific plan and will for any situation. You can only trust those feelings of yours to know when you are “in God’s will”. Hello, scary cult leader. Our emotions are important for relating to God and what He is saying, but they don’t rule over everything else. Sometimes our feelings are just inaccurate. Even Jesus experienced this. In the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion, he was emotionally distressed and asked God to spare him from the horrors that lay ahead. But Jesus ultimately conceded, “Not my will but Yours.” Emotionally, he did not want to experience what was to come – but He knew it had to be done, and He did it.
  2. The second pre-supposition those opposed to goal-setting make is that Holy Spirit only leads us spontaneously – that He never leads us to make plans. That is simply not supported by scripture. Paul made plans (Romans 1:13). The early Apostles made plans ( Acts 6:1-3). Jesus made plans (Matthew 10:5-15).
  3. Finally, those holding the “no goal-setting” view are disregarding the fact that we can also hear the voice of the Holy Spirit though God’s written word. The Bible makes it clear that we can receive fresh revelation from god through his written word ( Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:15-17).

Just like we are supposed to be good stewards of our wealth, we are also supposed to be good stewards of our life. Selah.

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Feature Segment: “5 Good Reasons to Set Goals for 2017 (Even If You Hate Goal-Setting)”

  1. You have goals already – wouldn’t you rather set them consciously?
  2. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
  3. Goals keep you moving forward, even when it’s tough.
  4. Having written, measurable goals keeps you accountable.
  5. If you want to be your best possible self, you must have a plan to achieve that.

Some additional thoughts:

  • To be effective goals must be written, measurable, and regularly measured.
  • There are many systems for setting goals, the one that has worked best for me is Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.
  • When Michael opens up BYE, I hope you’ll join me in the journey for 2017.

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3 thoughts on “5 Good Reasons to Set Goals for 2017

  1. Hi there Ray, I am from Vancouver, and heard you speak in October in Nashville at the Storybrand workshop, I enjoyed it very much and am enjoying your videos. Thanks for your perspective and your honesty in all you do, it’s refreshing and much needed in our marketing culture today. And for your thoughts on faith, as a fellow believer I am grateful that you put it forward, thank you for that. I just wanted to send you a quick note to say hi, and to keep up the good work.

  2. I think that every new day gives you a good reason to set up any goal you want 🙂 as long as you want to work on its fulfillment! I very much agree with you Ray that effective goals must be written and regularly measured – it’s for the best definitely, as that way you can see how far or close you are to your goal.