If so, then congratulations; not only is self-improvement important to you, but you understand the value in pursuing 'next level' goals as opposed to run-of-the-mill resolutions.
Granted, this doesn’t automatically simplify the walk-it-out process.
Yet, as discussed during last weekend’s LEGACYouth leadership retreat, when we talk about refining our aim, the hardest part isn't so much listing our goals; it's living them out in full together1. So how we grow as target-trainers and develop as goal-keepers in the context of community is worth discussion.
For starters, we must understand the difference and progression among plans, steps, and goals. In terms of pathway, before a goal can be achieved, it must be realized through a plan and executed by its steps (plans -> steps -> goals). A quick drill-down on Proverbs 16:9 confirms this: “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
Framing this in the context of goal-setting, we find…
- A goal without a plan is unachievable…
- A plan without steps is unbelievable …
- A step without the Lord’s establishment is inconceivable…
- As a result, a goal cannot be fully accomplished if God is not allowed to do that which only he can do.
- The goal is to score a touchdown.
- The plan is the offense scheme employed by the coach and driven by the quarterback.
- The steps are the single plays of the drive seeking to sustain momentum through the first down.
My encouragement to you, friends, is to remember since plans represent the steps needed to achieve the goals God has placed in your heart, they’re ultimately appointed to Christ. So whatever you commit to, stay ready to surrender, ask the Lord to fill you with his vision…to align his priorities within you, and then follow through by staying tethered to trust.
- Or living them out in full together in a teaming context
- Short abbreviation for “strategies”
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