Goal setting...think SMART

Posted: Jul 28 2015

I'm in the middle of reading Clay Clark's latest book, Thrive! It's been a great read so far. I had the pleasure of working with Clay for many years and know firsthand that he's the real deal (He'll actually be on our podcast very soon). He had some things to say about goal setting that I thought were fascinating as well as scriptural. So here we go:

S - Specific

M - Measurable

A - Action Oriented

R - Relevant

T - Time-limited

First and foremost, he talks about being specific with your goals. Don't be broad. Don't just say, "I want my church to grow." What's the number you're shooting for? How much do you want your church to grow? Be specific. God is a specific god. He has the hairs on your head numbered. He notes when a teeny, tiny sparrow dies. That's pretty specific.

Make sure your goals are measurable. Are you tracking the progress monthly, weekly, even daily? It's important to track progress to make sure you're actually making progress. This will help you evaluate. God measures everything. After Jesus was raised from the dead, the bible consistently talks about how many people were added to the body of Christ. Make sure you're measuring your progress.

Be action oriented. Do something! Get to work. As Nike says, "Just do it." The bible says in Deuteronomy 28:8, "The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do..." Take action!

Be relevant. Now this may not be the type of relevance you're thinking of. This is a word thrown around in churches all over America. The type of relevance discussed in this book is closer described as balance. Do your church goals and personal goals align? Do you have time to spend with Jesus for you, not just for the church? Are your goals matching one another? 

I realize that there are things out of our control, but put a deadline on your goals! Napoleon Hill once wrote, "A goal without a deadline is just a dream." The bible even talks about how there is a time for everything...reaping, sowing, resting, eating, drinking, etc. Put a deadline on it. 

Pick up Clay's book on Amazon.

I hope this helps you as much as it is helping me. What are some goals you are going to be SMART about?

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