3647855199_10b9815fe3_oI had big plans Saturday but I didn’t accomplish them because I was sidetracked.

Katherine was out at a church event so I had some time “to myself”. I had a few things planned, one of which was to write another blog posting. As I sat down at the computer, I dutifully checked my email and Facebook account and then settled down to get started.

As the creative juices started flowing, I remembered an article about Feedly.com, an ever-so-interesting RSS feed aggregator and reader. So I just HAD to check it out. As it turns out, it only runs on Firefox, so I just HAD to download and install the update to Firefox. And then I HAD to head back over to Feedly.com so that I could install and set up their Firefox add-on.

As you can probably already tell by both my lack of a Saturday morning post and the meandering story of my “accomplishments,” I was sidetracked. That got me thinking about how often I fail to accomplish anything because I lack clear goals.

So, yesterday, Katherine and I sat down and defined some of our goals. We’ve been praying about some areas of our life for some time but had never clearly defined what we wanted to see. So we took the time to sit down and talk about our future, what we wanted to see, how we would know we had achieved our goals, and how we could keep track of them. But we didn’t stop there – we also wrote them down.

We, with the help of our cats, put our goals onto a big piece of poster board. It works for us. Maybe that’s not something that works for you. If not, perhaps you should check out mySomeday.com.

You may be asking, what does writing them down (or recording them on the internet)? Well, let me tell you.

  1. It requires that you clarify your goals so that you can write them down.
  2. It provides a written record of what are your goals.
  3. It provides a way for you to hold yourself accountable.

Finally, I would recommend that you share your goals with at least one other person so that you will have someone to hold you accountable to your goals as well as to cheer you on as you move towards and accomplish your goals.

So…here are my questions to you:

  • Do you believe it’s “spiritual” to define goals?
  • Do you have defined goals?
  • Do you have written goals?
  • Have your shared your goals with anybody else?
  • Are you accomplishing your goals?
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