Ordinary people set S.M.A.R.T goals but CREATIVE people set F.A.I.T.H goals!
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”–Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
Many of us might have heard about S.M.A.R.T goals. At the beginning of 2016, what I want to propose to you to do is to set F.A.I.T.H. (Focused, Audacious, Inspiring, Transforming, and Hopeful) goals. Such goals will require faith not in our ability to achieve them but in God’s ability to achieve them for us. We ought to set goals that will stretch our faith not in ourselves but in God, in His Word and in His ability.
So here is what F.A.I.T.H. goals should look like…
A focused goal directs our attention or efforts to a specific task that is measurable and time-bound. A goal is a dream with a deadline. These are S.M.A.R.T. goal setting aspects that are still needed. Why? When God works in you, through us, with us and for us to help us achieve our goals, we need to know what they look like so that when we receive the blessing we can clearly identify God’s handiwork and give Him all the glory for what He has done.
This is where F.A.I.T.H. goals become interesting. An audacious goal will take us outside our comfort zone and inside the realm of God possibilities. Goals like these require us to be bold, daring, fearless, and highly inventive. This requires outside the box thinking that doesn’t conform to the norm for conforming sake. When our goals are audacious we take bold steps but with faith in God that He will reward our efforts. Therefore, let’s be audacious! Stop thinking inside the box and stop the negative arguments against ourselves and our goals. Let the size of our God determine the size of our goals. Don’t limit God by small thinking!
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.” –Ephesians 3:20
More specifically, faith goals are God’s inspired goals. These goals produce feelings or thoughts towards that which is Kingdom-oriented. They build confidence in us – not in our ability but in God ability to help us do what we need to do and in His awesome power to perform a great work in our lives that we’re not capable of alone. When we have F.A.I.T.H. goals, we are inspired by the belief in a better future.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”–Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
No matter where we are in your Christian walk, we would have realised by now that God is at work in us to change us and others into better His image and likeness. So whenever we set F.A.I.T.H. goals aim to impact others in our spheres of influence. The beauty of goal setting is that it doesn’t end after we have put it in writing. There is more involved. The journey to achieve our goals is a journey in which we and other people will see transformation in our perspective, our character and other areas of our lives. We will with God’s help know Him more and make Him known to others. We will become more like Christ. In the midst of the goal setting and goal getting, we should be Kingdom-focused and Kingdom driven. Therefore, be the light and the salt of the earth while accomplishing our goals.
F.A.I.T.H. goals give us a hope and a future that are good and exciting to look forward to. They will give us the impetus to get up and go in the morning. They will spur us on when the going gets tough. They will keep our eyes on the prize. They will inspire us to do good works. When we create F.A.I.T.H. goals, we are expressing hope. We are expressing our belief that we will succeed at what we are about to do. In reality, goals are statements of faith or statements of hope. When we set an F.A.I.T.H. goal, we believe that God will help us to accomplish it.
As you go through the goal setting process and as you work on this through the year, as yourself, “Will this require me to have faith in God?” Matthew 9:29, Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be to you.” Our faith determines what we receive or achieve in this life. God works with our faith. God acts on our behalf based on our faith. And it pleases Him when we have faith in Him. So remember, how much He does in our lives have a lot to do with how much we believe He can do in our lives. Our F.A.I.T.H. goals make that statement, “Lord, I have faith in you to accomplish…”
As we take this journey through 2016, the question isn’t who we think we are but who we think God is. Let’s create F.A.I.T.H. goals to speak to the greatness of our God!