When you’re journeying through leadership, there are four main aspects of aligning your future: mission/vision, goals, objectives, and your strategic plan. Let me break those down briefly:
Mission/Vision — What does God want us to do?
Goals — What needs to happen for the vision to be realized?
Objectives — What do we need to do to achieve each goal?
Strategic Plan — Who is accountable and with what resources to accomplish each objective?
Let’s concentrate on goals for a little bit of time today.
Make sure you have some goals. Bill Copeland once said, “The problem with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”
Do you know what you want to do? Write a book? Lose weight? See you organization explode in growth? Get out of debt? Get some goals and write them down!
Make sure you don’t have too many goals. Nido Qubein once said, “Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.”
Once you determine what those targets (goals) are, what would have to be true to make them happen? I boil them down to two things: discipline and determination.
Make sure you are disciplined and determined. If the goal that you set is realistically attainable, will you stay determined and develop the discipline? Want to build a massive amusement park like Walt Disney? Determine you will do whatever you have to do to get it done and remain disciplined to work harder than anyone else.
Walt Disney was denied by 302 banks until he finally got a loan to start Walt Disney World. Can you imagine giving the same pitch 302 times and being repeatedly told that it’s not going to happen? One lender even told Walt that he “lacked originality.”
What did Walt do, though? He remained determined to see the vision come to fruition. He refused to give up in the face of adversity.
If you’re a Christian leader, remember Disney’s determination. He was fighting so hard for a mouse and roller coasters. You have goals of reaching the nations with the gospel. Don’t give up because a few haters gripe about you. Don’t give up because the grass looks greener on your friends’ lawns. Don’t give up! Determine that you will press on! Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Press on with discipline and determination today!