This is the second installment in my Goal Setting series. In this article we will demonstrate the model set forth in the first episode for Spiritual Goals.
As a recap: You will recall that I am a firm believer in establishing goals across 8 unique facets of my life – Spiritual, Financial, Career, Personal Development, Physical, Family, Social, and Household. I name my approach after a 1998 Tom Wolfe novel, a Man in Full– because I like the imagery evoked by the title.
Man’s ability to identify and connect with a Higher Being is critical to our understanding and maximizing our experience on this planet. As such our spirituality is an area worthy of our attention and because what gets measured is what gets done it is a significant category in my Goal Setting Model.
My examples will mimic my faith, Christianity, not so much to evangelize but rather as it is my knowledge base.
While these examples borrow from my own goals, these are genericized for demonstration purposes.
Man in Full – Success personified in this category resembles:
· Full realization of God’s Will for my Life
· Thorough knowledge of Bible
· ‘Model Deacon’ as characterized in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 (I had to look it up)
5 Year Goals – Over this timeframe I will make the following strides towards actualizing my vision
· Established church member
· 5x through Bible
· Living God’s Will
1 Year Goals – This year I will make the following strides towards success
· Find a new church home
· Read Bible
· Read The Purpose-Driven Life
1 Month Goals – Monthly activity schedules may resemble
· Complete Purpose Driven Life by mid February
· Visit Churches in February through April
· Join new church in May
· Accomplish monthly Bible reading targets throughout year
Today – I will do something today that bends my behavior towards my vision
· Read today’s Bible devotion
· Memorize a new Bible verse
Just as Rome was not built in day and the longest journey begins with a single step, the power in this model is in how it causes us to consider our end product each day. In this way we do not simply arrive at our destination as much as we invent habits and patterns that over time reveal our vision through us.
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