The Importance of Setting Goals

The Importance of Setting Goals – For Ministry

2020 has arrived and the talk of goal setting began in December of 2019 because many of us make a practice of setting goals or making resolutions. Setting goals is a popular and beneficial thing to do. Often, we set some lofty goals and, by the end of February, give up on them because they no longer seem so important. We set resolutions – which are similar to goals. Goal setting means – The definition of goal setting is the process of identifying something that you want to accomplish and establishing measurable goals and timeframes. So as the new year approaches, let’s look at The Importance of Setting Goals

Resolution means – a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year. For instance, we make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, start an exercise program, stop smoking, and a million other things. These too often fall by the wayside after a month or two.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

There are many ways to set goals. There is the S.M.A.R.T. method which means:

  • S = Specific
  • M = Measurable
  • A = Achievable
  • R = Realistic
  • T = Timely

It’s a good method. However, something it lacks is “why.” Why are you setting a goal? Is there a specific area of your life you are setting goals for? If so, why? The reason we lose interest in our goals can be that they have no real meaning in our daily lives. So, I believe it is important to ask yourself why.

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5 important reasons for setting goals 

One – Find Your Why

Next, it’s important to ask yourself  – how will it change and improve you as a person? That’s your powerful reason #1. You goal may be work related but it also impacts your life. How will the goal change you? Or, will you change things at work as you accomplish your goal? Remember, the importance of setting goals has a different foundation than you thought it would. 

The first thing to do in goal setting is to look at yourself! That sounded strange to me too. However, for 2020, I embarked on a completely different type of goal setting. I’m used to just sitting down and cranking out some goals like – lose 10lbs, sell 50 more widgets per week, go on a 7-day vacation, etc. I didn’t really think beyond that. I didn’t realize the importance of setting goals with the correct foundation.

Cultivate What Matters

I bought a new planner sold by Cultivate What Matters. Think about their name! Their goal in their business is to help me cultivate what really matters in my life – not just set goals even as you recognize the importance of goal setting. So, the planner starts out with the page below. I know it’s a little hard to see, but it’s a full-page checklist where you are to check all the great things about yourself! I have never ever started goal planning that way and I was very tempted to skip the entire front section of the planner.

Then came the Holy Spirit – tapping me on the shoulder and urging me to do something different. So, I did. There were statements in the Planner like:

Two – Find out What Makes You Come Alive

  • Who you are helps determine where you’re going and what your specific goals will be.
  • What makes you come alive? Powerful reason #2
  • What things, activities, or experiences fire up your heart and lead you to live with intention?

These were not the normal words I had heard in relationship to goal setting and its importance.

Three – Set a Guiding word for the year

The other thing I did, which I do every year, was to pray about a guiding word for 2020. That’s powerful step in goal setting, You can read about that here. The word I felt applied to me for next year was – New! Pretty simple word. Not really profound – unless, I do something unexpected with it! I have applied that word to Women Ministering and done things which were unseen and things which will be seen by everyone. 

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After 6 months of setting up and growing Women Ministering, I wanted to make some aesthetic changes, structural changes, and changes in the resources I create. The aesthetic changes involved a new theme for the website and a new email provider that allowed me to make my emails much prettier. Why? Because, for women, how something looks matters! And, while it’s a small thing, it’s also an important one. Then, I restructered the internal workings of the blog so that everything works together and moves WM toward it’s goal. That was all NEW! And, new was part of the importance of setting goals for WM. 

Inspiration and Encouragement to Flourish

Yes, Women Ministering, an entity rather than a person, has a goal. That goal is to encourage women ministering to flourish in every area of their lives. What does it mean to flourish? Flourish means – “grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way #3, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.” That’s exactly what I want to see happen for each one of you. So, I had to make sure that every part of WM worked toward that goal. You can’t see what I did but you will experience it in the resources and blogs I provide. So, I created a goal for WM.

Then, I went on to break down that one big goal into smaller pieces I could put into action

The Bible gives powerful reasons to set goals

The importance of setting goals then becomes more than just an exercise we perform at the beginning of each year. It becomes more personal and focused. As women ministering, we have goals given to us in the Bible like this one in Romans 12:2 TPT:

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” 

Fourth – Become More Like Christ

Being inwardly transformed is a huge, life-long goal. It can seem overwhelming. So, it’s important to develop some smaller, more chewable pieces of this goal. There are many other scriptures like this. But, powerful reason #4 is to become more like Christ.

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Let’s start with your ministry. As you know, my view of a woman ministering, is a woman who loves Jesus and shares His love wherever she is and whatever she is doing. If you are home with young children – this is your ministry field and it’s tremendously important. If you work outside the home, you have another ministry – showing God’s love at work by being like Jesus! Perhaps you lead a bible study. Yet another ministry you are involved in. You are a woman ministering and this adds to the importance of setting goals. 

What Area of Ministry Will You Start Setting Goals For?

Pick just one of those areas of ministry – the one that makes you come alive when you think about it, is powerful reason #5! Then, start the process of setting some goals for your ministry. You might be meeting with some friends once a week to have coffee and share with each other. Maybe they are also Christians and need some encouragement. Really – who doesn’t need encouragement! You will love the definition of encourage – to inspire with courage, spirit, or hopeHEARTEN.

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What does inspire mean? Even better – When inspire first came into use in the 14th century it had a meaning it still carries in English today: “to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural influence or action.” It’s this use that we see in phrases like “scripture inspired by God,” where the idea is that God shaped the scripture in an active and explicit way. The meaning is a metaphorical extension of the word’s Latin root: inspirare means “to breathe or blow into.” 

5 Important Reasons for Goal Setting

God inspires us – he influences, moves and guides by divine action and breathes or blows Himself into us. Then to encourage means to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope! That is so beautiful. Imagine – the importance of setting goals is directly related to God’s breath in your life!

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That is my goal and I hope you can make it yours as well. Encouragement and inspiration to achieve God’s goals for us. To be the person He created us to be, not the person the world is telling us to be! That is living for God. 

Within your ministry, you have the opportunity to inspire and encourage others. THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF MINISTRY! I love it. That makes me come alive! I want to be your partner in doing this in your own life. Then you can go around breathing out life, inspiration and encouragement to those around you. 

That is the importance of goal setting – for Jesus, for ministry, for family, for friends, for work, for yourself! Your download for Goal Setting is below. Just click the pic!

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12 thoughts on “The Importance of Setting Goals – For Ministry”

  1. Thank you so much for this needed post. As I start 2020 I’m praying about my one word and I’m also setting goals. I’m a planner so setting goals is easy, but follow through can be tough. I have a tendency to set goals that are not achievable. In other words, I think too high. I have to work at setting goals that are realistic and within the bandwidth of what I can do at this present time in my life. It’s always a challenge. However, if I never set goals, I would, indeed, get nothing done. Great post and I love how you explain the why behind setting goals. Great approach! Thank you!

    1. Marcie – thank you. As I said in the blog, I had never used the ‘why’ before and it was such a wonderful change for me that I had to share it. I think we all tend to reach too far with goals because we don’t want to have small faith, but we forget how God can stretch our efforts! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  2. I’ve been reading ‘The Next Right Thing’ recently, and a big part of that message is both knowing WHAT you really want, and WHY you want it. It’s been very interesting, and helpful.

    I guess I have been afraid of failing, so I rarely set ‘SMART’ goals. But in the last couple of years I have been getting a little braver, because I have tried. Having made progress, even though I haven’t reached those goals, is exciting!

    1. The tough thing about goals is not setting them, it’s being disappointed and discouraged when we don’t meet them! We just need to be less hard on ourselves and not see that as a failure. It’s just a life-adjustment and we can do better next time!

  3. I love that this is not your typical “goal setting” instructional. You’ve gone so much further. By giving the reasons behind the goals that we set. I’m particularly fond of #4, to be like Christ. We always have to factor that into our goals and I’m thankful for the reminder. Great post, Fleda!

    1. Thanks Wendy. To me, if my only reasons to do something is just to say I did it, I lose my motivation. We must have more meaning in our lives – something deeper that drives us. What’s better than Jesus! Nothing.

  4. Ohhhh I love your word for 2020! Excellent post on how and why we need to set goals. I tend to be goal oriented and sometimes so much so that I’m running ahead of God. Thank you for this reminder to slow down and focus on His goals for me also.

  5. Love this Fleda! Setting goals is very important because otherwise we are just floundering. But I love that you mentioned the importance of knowing ‘why’ we set the goal. That really makes the difference whether we will make it for the long haul. Thank you for this beautiful post, as always … ❤

    1. Donna – thank you. Knowing the why certainly makes a difference for me. If I’m just task oriented, I don’t do as well, especially not for the long run. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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