While the goal is often the target we are reaching for, the journey of reaching our goal is just as important. Too often I think we focus on reaching the goal and that ‘tada’ moment of ‘yes, we did it’, however I feel that if we fail to focus on the journey and the process involved then we miss a huge chunk of the story.
Goals are important. They are the driving force that motivates us to get out of bed in the morning and press into our day expecting great things. Without them we will walk around aimlessly lost in the busyness of the day to day tasks.
Goals require us to think big and to dream crazy things. Goals give us purpose and clarity. Goals help us to define who we are as people and what we want to focus on in life.
I believe that God gives us goals and dreams to walk in His plans for our lives. I believe that reaching the goal and making the dream come true is important. But I also believe that the journey our goals and dreams take us on are the pivotal points in the story, they are what makes the goal or dream. Without the journey, without having to persevere or push past a few possible failures or set backs the goal wouldn’t feel as big when we reach it.
Goals are like milestones. They help us stay on track but also give us the perfect point in time to look back and reflect on where we have come from and where we are going.
I love setting goals. I love to-do lists. I love having something to tick off. This year however instead of just ticking of my goals, dreams and to-do lists, I’m making a conscious effort to take note of the journey, to spend time writing down the process of my goals and dreams. Making a list of all the things that I accomplishing along the way to reaching my goals and dreams for 2016.
Here are a few great verses on goals and dreams, feel free to add anymore in the comments.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 34:7 (ESV)
“And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV)