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Turn Off Auto-Pilot.

Turn Off Auto-Pilot.


Have you ever felt like you were coasting through life on autopilot? I know there are times in my life where I felt that I was reacting instead of navigating. If you feel like you’re spinning your wheels or you are not sure where you are going, then I’m hoping I can help you begin to find your way. Today, I want to talk about setting goals. I’m not going to spend time talking about how to make them, but more about what they are and why we need them.

Living Intentionally

If you stay on auto-pilot, you’re going to end up moving forward but going nowhere. However, if you begin to set goals, you will start to lead an intentional life. You see, goals help us identify the value in our desires and how we can be open to God using us. Without them, you won’t be able to measure your growth or if you’re getting anywhere at all. It would be like packing your car full of bags, pulling out of your driveway, and then heading off with no destination in mind. Eventually, you’ll get lost. By setting goals, you’ll be keeping a destination in mind so that when you get there, you’ll not only know how far you’ve come but also that you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do.

3 Types of Goals

So, we know that we need goals to lead an intentional life. However, we just can’t set any goal and expect to get there eventually. If I set a goal to walk to Mars, that’s just not going to happen! Your goals need to be realistic and attainable. To help us identify what realistic and attainable goals look like, we’re going to talk about 3 different types. Now, you don’t have to have my perspective to set great goals for yourself, but I think these types will help you identify how you can live an intentional life.

The Long Term

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

Luke 14:28-30

Some of the goals you want to achieve will take time, money, and effort. They aren’t going to happen any time soon, so you need to count the cost. What do you need to accomplish the goal? Do you have the resources for it? Is there a risk you won’t be able to achieve it? Will it be worth the effort?

When you can answer those questions comfortably, then you have a pretty good idea that your goal is realistic and that you can afford the cost. Whether it’s university, a business idea, a new home, or a tower, your long-term goals require a lot of planning but should always be worth it in the end. If you don’t think it will be worth it, then you need to go back to the drawing board.

The Immediate

Immediate goals do two things. First, they bring your long-term goals to life. These goals are going to help you get to where you want to be tomorrow. For example, if you want to write a book (a lofty goal), you need immediate goals to help you get there. By breaking down such a big goal into small pieces (ex: a page a day), you will eventually reach your bigger goal.

Second, immediate goals also help you organize urgent priorities that need to be taken care of right away. If your roof starts leaking or your car gets totalled, you might find it impossible to continue writing a page a day. You’ve taken a detour, and it’s going to be a while before you’re back on track.  These unforeseen circumstances cannot be stopped, so you shouldn’t feel like you’ve failed your daily goal when they happen. Instead, you’re adjusting your immediate goals for a season.

Without immediate goals, you will never accomplish your long-term goals. But with them, you will be living intentionally step by step, every day.

The Distracting

You might be wondering why anyone would ever make goals that distract them, but a lot of people do it all the time, me included. I don’t know about you, but I am ruthless at overthinking and overcomplicating. I can take a simple project and bloat it with unnecessary expenses and detours, and I only stop to think about it when my wife asks, “Why?”.

Now, you might not be as bad as I am, but there are certainly goals in your life that are distracting you from where you should be going. Are you doing something just because your friends are doing it? Are you setting goals because you’re afraid of what people might say? Are you going in a direction because you don’t want to disappoint your peers?

You should have a good reason for every one of your goals. If you don’t have a good reason, then perhaps it’s just a distraction from what you should be doing. By eliminating these distracting goals that you’ve set for yourself, you are free to get to where you want to be sooner and happier.

Remember…

When you prayerfully set goals, and get rid of your distractions, you will ultimately live the life God is calling you to lead. Turn off auto-pilot and take a faithful leap into what God has in store for you.

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