Seven Guidelines for Goal Setting in 2017


Got Goals? I know what a cheesy introduction.  I tried.  Just saying, it is not too late to set your yearly goals.  I know that for many these are deleted and abandoned by Valentines Day.  Unfortunately, the many who give in or give up never taste the joy and satisfaction of a goal completed.  I believe goal setting, accompanied by a sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit and wise counsel,  is both necessary and good.

Recently, Michael Hyatt wrote of the searches done on Google in regard to New Years Resolutions.  Here are the results:

  • “Get Healthy” – over 62 million searches
  • “Get Organized” – over 33 million searches
  • “Live Life to the Fullest” – nearly 19 million searches
  • “Learn New Hobbies” – over 17 million searches
  • “Spend Less/Save More” – nearly 16 million searches
  • “Travel” – nearly 6 million searches
  • “Read More” – over 4 million searches

For many years I was not a believer in goal setting.  In the past, I have revisited this disbelief and found goals to be both spiritual and effectual.  I have concluded that to prayerfully record plans which honor God and do good to others is a wise decision.  I  further believe that goal setting is not an individualized process that rejects counsel and neglects community.

The goal of this article is convince you of the importance of goal setting and to give you “Seven Guidelines for Writing Goals in 2017”.  I have also included several resources to help you as you approach another year.

  1. Consider your Biblically Defined Prioritized Roles and Responsibilities. (Husband, Father, Pastor, Churchman, Neighbor, Friend, etc…)
  2. Include the Right People into your process before, during, and after your goal setting. (Spouse, Mentors, Pastors, Friends)
  3. Record goals in a digital (Evernote) or analogue (Moleskin) notebook. (Consider the S.M.A.R.T. Goal System)
  4. Group goals together under larger headings. (Personal, Familial, Vocational, Educational, Professional)
  5. Develop quarterly, monthly, and weekly checkpoints to assess your progress. (Utilize a digital Calendar/Task Management Software or make use of the Bullet Journal System)
  6. Celebrate the achievement of major goals with those you have included in your process.
  7. Be flexible to change or withdraw from a goal as God leads you in 2017. (Be gracious to yourself as you pursue your goals in 2017)

Resources for Goal Setting and Planning in 2017

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