The more I desire to achieve, the more I am certain that goal setting is absolutely vital to those achievements.
A few months ago, I had a very scary thought come through my head. As I was reflecting back on my years in high school, I wondered to myself: “What in the world did I do those 4 years?”
A random, seemingly harmless question suddenly sent chills down my spine. I could not recall one single instance where I did something that was intentional. I couldn’t recall a time where I set out a goal, worked towards that goal and eventually achieved that goal. As this thought really set in my mind, I decided right then and there that I would never do that again.
I don’t want to wake up three years from now and wonder what in the world I did. I don’t want to waste my life.
In his book “Don’t Waste Your Life”, John Piper makes this insightful quote:
“Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion.”
I don’t want to coast through life. I want to live for the glory of Christ and display His abundant grace and mercy that He has given me. Part of that display is that I so think and act like I have a purpose; that I am a motivated man on a mission apart from and greater than me.
I really, really don’t want to waste my life, which brings me to the topic of goal setting. Goal setting is just like budgeting your money. If you don’t budget your money, I bet this thought comes to you quite often: where in the world did all my money go?
A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. In the same manner, goal setting is telling your life where to go instead of wondering where it went.
I don’t want to wonder where my life went when I wake up on my 30th birthday. I want to be able to look back at goals that I set for both my business and personal life and say that I gave it my all to achieve those goals. Even if I don’t hit all of them, I want to be able to say with integrity that I worked hard at trying to achieve them, knowing that I am better off than I had set no goals at all.
Have you set goals for you and your business? What are you doing to tell your life where to go instead of letting it pass you by?