Have you ever considered what would make up the goal setting tips for every Christian woman? I recently did and I realised we may have been missing a few things.
You’ve probably heard of the SMART Goals and all the other acronyms for setting goals. They all seem to have one thing in common; to help us set and achieve our goals. But before we get to discussing how these goals work, there is a fundamental question every Christian woman needs to ask.
Who are we setting these goals for?
As Christian woman, we know that our understanding of life is generally different from those who do not know God. Our perceptions, expectations and responsibilities are also different. Which means our way of setting goals should also be different.
The central tenet of living a glorious Christian life is working in God’s will.
For us, this is our place of purpose, of fulfilment, of completion and of great accomplishments. We usually read motivational and inspirational articles, books about doing the things we love and are passionate about. This is good advice but for us, we always have to take it one step further.
Basically, we have to do the things that God wants us to do.
So, back to my question…who are we setting these goals for? When you want to set goals, do you ever consider how this affects you as the daughter of the Most High or are you caught up with the world’s expectation and interpretation of success and accomplishment?
I know I was and many times, I still am.
Recently, I had to take a critical look at my current goals to see if they were really in line with God’s word and his will for my life. I noted three helpful tips.
Here are three goal-setting tips for every Christian woman who wants to set amazing goals:
Find out God’s will for your life
Have you ever considered God’s plan for your life?
This is perhaps one of the hardest questions and usually has us trumped with no idea of what God wants us to do. Sometimes, we may have an idea but are not certain. I will write more on this soon. For now, let’s look at how this pertains to goals.
I want to start with reminding you that God, our heavenly father, wants the best for YOU and you should NEVER EVER doubt this. Matthew 7:11
His love is all encompassing and HE is always looking for opportunities to give to his children.
But we also have to remember that God’s definition of what’s best for us will likely conflict with what we think it should be and certainly with what the world thinks it should be.
How to know God’s will as a Christian woman?
- Start with seeking him. The bible says when we seek God we will find him if we seek him with all our heart. Jeremiah 29:13. Seeking him simply means making time for him. Through prayer, meditation and spending time in his word.
- Ask. Ask God to reveal his will for your life. Our saviour, Jesus Christ, told us to ask and we shall receive. Matthew 7:7. I am certainly confident of this; that God will give you guidance if you only ask. But we also need to be patient and willing to wait on him.
- Be open to hearing from him. I have learnt that God reveals himself in different ways. It could be through his word, dreams, visions, prophesies or even speaking to us in the spirit. You have to ask the holy spirit to come into your heart and take over, to remove any part of you that is at odds with God’s will for your life
Learn to connect your goals with God’s plan for your life
You may think that the work ends when you know God’s will. Well, it is only just beginning. The foundation is to know his will, the next step is to understand how this will can be turned into achievable goals. You need to connect the dots.
I remember wondering how I was going to help young women like me on their life’s journey. I knew I was passionate about issues affecting women, showed a high level of empathy when I saw another woman hurting but it never really went beyond a few words of comfort and companionship.
While I knew I needed to do more I just wasn’t sure how to go about it. I volunteered with a few charities, considered writing articles on women’s rights but there always seemed to be a barrier. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I felt the lord give me permission to use this blog as a medium to do his will.
To achieve his will, we have to go back to the drawing board:
- Write out what you believe to be the will for your life.
- Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance.
- Consider your gifts and talents – this will help point you in the direction of your goals. I’m a lawyer and I write so I use these skills to achieve my goals.
- Break the plan for your life into goals (short term, long term and medium term goals). We can go back to the SMART Goals. Which means the goals can be specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable and time bound.
Know the tools and resources you need to set and achieve these goals
The final tip is about execution. As a Christian woman, you also have to figure out what you need to accomplish your plans.
Depending on how it was revealed to you, you may have a general idea of all you are to do or a few glimpses (I call them the short term purpose). Whatever your goals may be (running your business or going on a vacation) there are additional ingredients we need to add.
Your goals will need to be:
- Value driven (value for you and where possible, for others)
- With a kingdom vision (all things are permissible but not all things are beneficial 1 Corinthians 6:12)
- Quality over quantity – whether your goal is to write a book, buy a car, sell products, travel or start a business, where you can, go for quality and excellence.
- Great dose of honesty – be honest about your expectations and your accomplishments
- Not fuelled by greed – greed is not allowed 🙂
- Money and time – money is usually the oil needed to get your goal tracks running smoothly.
There you have it! A breakdown of some goal setting tips for today’s Christian woman who is looking to set and achieve amazing goals.
Good luck and God’s grace.
Don’t forget to reach out to me. I would love to hear from you and know if this post has helped you in setting and accomplishing your goals.