You’ve purchased a new planner and brainstormed your SMART goals. Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Time-bound.
You have a plan and the motivation to get started. You found your why. These goals are important to you and will help grow you and love others well. You’ve even enlisted a few friends as accountability partners.
This will be the year you accomplish your goals.
There’s no good reason why not. You’ve done your pre-work. And now you’re ready for some serious goal butt-kicking. Life coaches and goal-setting gurus would be proud of your pre-planning and awesome goal setting technique.
So why does February 1st roll around and you have given up on most of them? Why does it seem that no amount of expert advice can help you achieve what you want to?
Friends, I’ve been struggling with this for a long time
So what’s the difference between the goals that we accomplish and the ones we don’t?
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The Biggest Reason Christians Don’t Achieve Their Goals
Informing vs Seeking Direction
It boils down to whether or not we are working with God or striving to get God to work with us. God, won’t you help me build my kingdom? I promise it will glorify you!
You see, as a Christian dreaming and planning and striving is so much more than simply have a SMART goal—more importantly, our hearts need to be aligned with God’s.
We know God is in control. We know He created all and that He knows all there is to know about us. We know His plans are good. And that He loves us and gives us grace upon grace.
So why do we insist on informing God of our goals? Why do we tell God what we are planning on doing and then expect Him to help us on our path?
We are called to a life of trusting Him on His path—walking in faith along the narrow road—not carving out our own path of dreams and hopes.
We’ve done all our hoping and dreaming and goal planning without consulting God. We neglected to open our Bibles to really study what it means to live a life of self-control or peace or endurance. And we’ve failed, or we’ve accomplished goals that have meant very little. So, now what?
Getting Back on Track
This is not an all-is-lost post. I don’t believe in those. I’m more of a grace and new beginnings Jesus-girl. So if there is something on your heart, something that’s holding you back from life unabashed in Christ, there is a good chance its conviction from the Holy Spirit.
And there’s a great chance that God wants you to do something with it. . . but not alone. Never alone.
So pray. Ask for wisdom and guidance. Open your Bible. Look for verses that will help you on your specific path.
And if all of that feels overwhelming, I’d love for you to join me in Arabah Joy’s Grace Goals. She’s developed a course to help you seek divine direction for you goals.
I have very much enjoyed the process of studying the Bible, praying, and journaling to help clarify my next growth steps with God.
One small caveat: Our view of a successful goal and God’s could be radically different. His plan could be heart work where we wanted to see a physical change. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy.
Let’s achieve our goals. But first, let’s make sure they are goals worth pursuing.