Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Setting Goals - Do You Trust Yourself?

Do you love to set goals? Do you tend to avoid setting goals? Are you indifferent about it?

While researching about goal setting, I found several websites with goal setting statistics. The statistics showed that the number of adults who set goals and write them down is only between 3-7% of the population. The number that review them regularly was even lower. Without first having goals, then writing them down and working towards them...I'm sure the chances are very slim for them to become reality!

I have to admit I have not always wanted to set goals. In theory, they were a great idea, but I had a problem with writing them down. Writing them down was scary because there they were, "in my face." If they didn't happen as planned or weren't achieved, it felt like failure. Also, for a long time I had no vision for my future, and so what I did write down were things only temporarily meaningful. I didn't trust my own goals.

We all have things we would like to see happen in our lives, such as;
  • Developing a talent or learning a new skill,
  • To have financial goals, such as sticking to a budget, investing or increasing business sales,
  • Spiritual growth and drawing closer to God on a daily basis,
  • Setting health-related goals or getting better time management strategies, or
  • Planning for hiring employees or other help.

We can use specific, detailed goals to reach a big, desired vision. In other words, individual goals are the chunks that are necessary to accomplish on the way to the main vision being achieved. Want to build a business up to a certain revenue amount in 18 months? That is the vision, and the goal chunks are the step-by-step pieces to get there. Sounds easy right?

My goal-setting mentor really helped change my perspective and give me practical strategies. In fact, it changed the way my husband and I set goals for our family, our finances, his career path planning, and my businesses. Would you like to have this wisdom too? My mentor, Pastor Ray Frederick, will be our KBWA Member tele-class expert this month. He has excellent, Biblically-based wisdom and ideas to share on this topic, and I encourage you to participate.

KBWA Members get all monthly tele-classes free, and non-members can join us for just $9 per class. You can find out more here. Get a new strategy and perspective so that you have the tools you need to move forward and be effective. Not only will this information be valuable to you as a woman in business, but also applicable to any goal-setting area of life.

You can move forward. You can plan well for your future. You can accomplish God's purposes for your life and use goal-setting to do just that. It is time to be empowered!

by Krista Dunk, www.KBWomen.com

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