Living a purposeful life can change the way you think, act and behave, and can have a huge impact on those around you. Setting meaningful goals and sticking to them will help direct how you spend your time and resources.
Are you wandering around aimlessly in your life or are you living a purposeful life? My morning devotion compared living a life without a goal to trying to walk a straight line on the beach, one step ahead of the other. When you look back, you’ll probably be surprised by how crooked the path is.
But if you fix your eyes on a focal point in the distance (e.g., a goal) and walk towards it, your path will point straight to the distant focal point.
This New Year, I am setting a few goals for myself and hanging them up where I can see them daily.
Today, I’m sharing one of my goals with you in the hope that you will be inspired to come up with your own personal goal. This is not a one year goal – it is a long-term goal, one that I plan on working on for this year and beyond:
MY GOAL: “To make a difference in someone’s life by: (1) showing someone they are loved when they feel unloved, (2) meeting someone at their deepest need, (3) developing deeper relationships/connections and having meaningful conversations.”
Having specific goals can help guide our decisions, thoughts and behavior. It can also help prioritize what to focus on, who to focus on, and how we use my time. Without any goals, we have a tendency to wander around aimlessly and waste much precious time and energy. Even with goals, it’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of our goals, so it is important to stop and recheck our paths frequently.
Imagine how impactful our lives could be if we lived a purposeful life with meaningful goals and stay aligned with them.
I believe we were created with a purpose in life. Yes, God wants us to enjoy life, but He also wants us to use the gifts and talents He’s given us to serve those around us and make this world a better place.
I encourage you to come up with your own goal(s). Let’s make every day count.
Record your goals – write them down and place them in plain view to remind you each day of what you are working towards.
Take time at the beginning of each day to think through your day before you begin it – be thoughtful about your day on purpose.
I look forward to sharing little and big things that come my way as I put into practice living a purposeful life. I’d love to hear your goals and any stories you have to share that relate to these goals.
Books on Living a Life on Purpose:
Seize the Day: Living On Purpose And Making Every Day Count, Joyce Meyer
The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
Living Forward: A Proven Plan To Stop Drifting And Get The Life You Want, Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy