6 Questions You Need to Ask When Setting Goals for 2012

Res·o·lu·tion – (rěz’ə-lōō’shən) n.

  • The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.
  • A resolving to do something.
  • A course of action determined or decided on.

Plan – (plān) n.

  • A scheme, program, or method worked out beforehand for the accomplishment of an objective.
  • A proposed or tentative project or course of action.
  • A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts; a configuration or outline.

With the first week of the New Year we inevitably find ourselves considering our future goals for 2012. We have coined the phrase “New Year Resolution” to describe the process but what we are really attempting is to make a plan for success in a particular area of our life. Is a growth process and merits some serious attention.

I would encourage you to go beyond the typical surface approach to setting goals for the coming year and dig a little deeper. How can you set some core goals for yourself this year. You start with some core questions. Consider these core questions for 2012.

  • Who am I today?
    • What roles do I play in my world? (Christian, brother, father, parent, employee, disciple, etc.) Take a few moments and write down a list of all of your roles. Also consider what components of who you are impact those roles. Spiritual, mental, relational, physical and emotional factors as well as many others impact how you play out these roles that you have been assigned.
  • How can I make a difference?
    • In a perfect world, what would your ideal participation in these roles look like. If you could score a 10 in all of these areas what would that look like? Where do you want to be? Is there a new role that you would add to the list in your “perfect” world scenario?
  • How do I close the gap?
    • When we know where we are and we know where we want to be then the question becomes how do I close the gap that exists between the two. This question is where we begin to formulate some goals. However, don’t jump the gun, there are a few other important things to consider.
  • Where is the overlap?
    • The overlap is an area of life that intersects with another and has cross section impact. This is how many people land on health issues for resolution. Health is an area with high overlap. Your health will affect your ability to be a good employee, parent, spouse, etc. Because it has high overlap it deserves high priority. Formulate a strategy that will allow whatever energy you put into completing your goals to have a wide reaching effect over many areas simultaneously.
  • Where is the highest outward focused impact?
    • When we come to terms with the reality that we are not only a participant in this world but also an instrument to be utilized then we can begin to go towards a more balanced approach to goal setting. Take parenting for example. Obviously parenting is more about the impact the process has on the child than the impact it has on the parent. That reality is what causes parents to sacrifice self for the good of their child. The lack of outward focus in this area is what can cause a parent to take an unbalanced “friend” position in their child’s life to their detriment because the goal is personal fulfillment (I want a happy parenting experience) as opposed to positive impact for the child.
  • The gut check question – How do my goals line up with God’s will for my life.
    • God’s will for our lives isn’t nearly as hard to discover as we make it. Jesus spelled it out succinctly and even the secular world unknowingly adopts its perspective for themselves. Every aspect of our life plan must be filtered through this 2 point perspective. Do these goals translate into a greater knowledge, love and service for God and a greater commitment to serving others.
      • Matthew 22: 35-40 – Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

When you take these questions into consideration you have a good foundation for creating success in the coming year. The goal setting process will allow you to create a compass as a guide. Your next objective will be to discover the resources necessary to accomplish those goals. Hint: the answer has already been provided. (You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.) God is the resource, the starting place, the core solution to getting to where you want to be from where you are. So I will make it easy

Goal #1 for 2012 = Fall Deeper and Deeper In Love With God.

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About Ken McGarity

With vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and active in ministry leadership for many years, Ken McGarity is most recently engaged as a Church Growth Consultant and Strategist, as well as Christian Leadership Coach to today’s up and coming Christian leaders.

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