I love fresh starts. When I was in college it was a new semester- when I blew it in a game it was the next game- when I miss it in a teaching message it’s the next message. So I love the New Year and the sense of a fresh start. I try to set goals each year to help me move forward. Goals are like the small hand grips on a rock wall- they help me move forward and mark where I have been. For me, goals are bigger than resolutions. I list my yearly goals on the front page of my journal and look at them often. Setting goals has helped me lose weight, read through the Bible and establish and maintain a date night with my wife. I love the way The Apostle Paul says it in Philippians 3

So I run straight towards the goal in order to win the prize,
which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above.

Or another translation

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the
heavenly prize
for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Paul focused his life on God’s call and becoming exactly what God has designed him to be.
The goals I set are not in areas that I am already succeeding or practicing with consistency. For instance I won’t set a goal to be in the gym 3 mornings a week- I am already lifting 3 days a week with a partner. But, I will set a goal on the results I want to see. So I have been thinking and praying about my goals for 2008 and I have listed a few below:

  • I will weigh 240 by May 31st
  • I will read 6 biographies in 2008
  • I will journal at least weekly in 2008
  • I will find a hobby I enjoy in 2008

You probably notice I set my goals in the positive rather than the negative (I learned that from a mentor of mine, Bill Billingsley). I have a few more goals but these are the ones I will let you in on. How about you:

Do you set goals?
Can you give us one you have set for 2008?
What goal have you set that really helped you?