Rob Carman continues on the theme of Establishing A Goals Program in part 2 of the series.

In Establishing a Goals Program Part 1, we left off saying that the reason most people don’t set goals programs is because they don’t know how.

In this article we will go through seven proven ways that will help you create a proper and workable program. However, like any program you will need to work at it. Nothing works until you do! Work transforms what God has given us. Potential without work equals poverty.

Howard Hill was called the World’s greatest archer by winning 196 consecutive archery tournaments. He was so good that at 60ft he could hit a prune off the top of your head. He was the only person that could split an arrow with an arrow. But, under my care and expertise, in just 15 minutes I can have you beating Howard Hill! No way! Yes, provided we blindfold him first and spin him in circles for those 15 minutes. I know what you’re thinking, how can you hit a target you can’t see? So if that’s true, how can we reach a goal that we don’t have or haven’t defined?

Seven steps to reaching your goals

1. Identify your goals and state them as though they are already a reality. 

This is a powerful exercise; by working through the previous process you are ready for this. Remember that writing something down burns it into your heart and mind. Stating and declaring a goal as if it was already a reality allows your faith to be inspired and reach out.

2. Identify your benefits for reaching each goal. 

As stated earlier, the reason why so many never follow through in achieving a goal is because their focus is wrong. They look at the obstacles, difficulties, etc… Instead we want our minds to see the benefits. This causes us to push beyond the roadblocks and achieve the desired end result.

3. Identify the major obstacles you must overcome to reach your goal. 

They asked the former heavy weight- boxing champion, Jim Corbett, what punch it was that knocked him out. He said, “The one I didn’t see”. If we know what we are up against, we are better prepared when we meet it. It has been said that the hardest thing to overcome is disappointment. Disappointment is not the result of what happens, rather it is the result of what we thought would happen but didn’t. If we set our sights too high without seeing the challenges that we will face, we set ourselves up for failure. The degree of distance between what we thought would happen and what happens becomes our level of disappointment.

Take for example a young girl that gets married. In her mind, she thinks he’s Prince Charming. Then after several months of marriage she discovers reality. This step is vital because it allows us to see and prepare for the obstacles, so when they come we are not naive.

4. Identify the skills and knowledge needed to achieve your goals. 

This should take some time, thought and research. By doing this we are approaching our goal equipped and ready to take it on.

5. Identify the people you will need to work with. 

We do not work well alone, we need each other. In many of our goals, we will need the knowledge, skills, and time of others. Remember we only have 24 hours in a day, so the only way we acquire more time is to get it from someone else.

Identify these people and outline what you will need them to do and what areas you will need them in. If it’s an area of development within the church, make them apart so they can take ownership, making your goal theirs.

Years ago when we re-started our bus ministry, I shared my heart to a couple on what I wanted it to become. As they made this area of ministry theirs, it not only began to grow but others wanted to be a part of it, and take ownership in it. It became very creative and found great areas of expression. As a result, that area alone attracted over 100 volunteers and grew to over 700 kids. On one occasion we rented a water park for a Saturday, brought in 5000 kids and fed them over 6000 hotdogs.

This was the result of identifying what the people needed and giving them ownership until creativity began to come out of them.

6. Develop a detailed plan of action to reach your goals. 

This is perhaps the most time consuming, but at the end the most rewarding. It will cause you to draw from all the other steps until a complete picture comes together. Once this happens you can see it! You then stand back and say, I know we can do this because I can see it!!

From this point on it’s a matter of implementation, leadership and management. Remember anything left to itself will always go back to it’s original state. So you must be the captain of your ship! Whatever you expect you must inspect. Have regular meetings and get updates and progress reports. Don’t ever assume, we all know what that spells!!

7. Set a date 

Until you attach a completion date, it won’t happen. A date creates a sense of urgency that says we need to get with it!! As simple as this step sounds, it is very profound.

Remember, just good preaching, praise and worship does not build a great church. It takes structure, management and focus to draw potential out of people.

As you go through this goals program, feel free to make the changes you need to fit your culture. It is our prayer that this material will enable you and your church or ministry to move forward and achieve all that God has placed within you.