When I set goals for 2020, I had no idea what kind of year it would turn out to be. And now I’m supposed to set goals for 2021? A part of me says, “Please! I will not be disappointed twice in a row!”
But, we can be smart about goal setting by clarifying the kinds of goals we’re setting. Personally, I would stay away from “go there” goals, such as “Visit London” or “See Les Mis on Broadway” or “Attend a film festival”. A better idea would be to focus on achievable, personal “do this” goals like, “Get up and exercise” or “Read a set number of books” or “Learn calligraphy” or “Hone cooking skills.”
But what if we can’t completely rely on being able to do those sorts of things either? If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that I am 100% not in control of my own life. God only knows if I’ll have time to cook or exercise in 2021!
“So what then?” you may say. Should we just throw up our hands and set zero goals for the year?
No, I think goals are good things, including the ones we have no ultimate control over. But, lets set them with our eyes open wider than they’ve ever been open before; recognizing that absolutely nothing is certain (I’m looking at you, toilet paper), and we shouldn’t be surprised if our plans have to change.
However, there is a third type of goal, and it’s the only goal we have any control over: the “to be” goal.
Here are some “To Be” goals:
1.) Cultivate a hopeful, positive attitude
2.) Learn patience
3.) Give people the benefit of the doubt
4.) Become difficult to offend
5.) Pray over anxiety
Regardless of our circumstances, these are goals we can always work towards! They’re solely dependent on how you choose to think and speak.
As we already know, 2021 may come with its own share of difficulties and challenges that none of us could’ve foreseen. We’ve awakened to the reality that we have no control, and that’s a good thing! But, we never stop being able to control our response to whatever situations or people God places in our paths.
And if we understand scripture rightly, all the impressive bucket list goals in the world have nothing to do with what he has called us to be anyway.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. -Galatians 5: 22-23
I pray that your goal setting days are blessed, and that your plans will reflect God’s plan for your life in 2021! I hope the same thing for my “manage money well” “move more” and “grow my business” goals. But if all our plans have to be scrapped, I pray He gives us the ability to be something greater than our circumstances.