Lessons Daniel Taught Me About Achieving Goals. Part 4

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. Zig Ziglar
What are the deep meaningful values underlying the goals you are aiming at?

In the last couple of posts I have been going through some lessons Daniel, a character from the Bible, has taught me about achieving goals.

In Daniel’s story we find him making a goal of not eating the Kings food. It wasn’t so much the food that was the problem it was the significance of eating this food. It would have meant that Daniel was saying to the whole world that he was aligning himself with the pagan worship of idols of which the food had been offered to.
So Daniel made a plan to achieve his goal.

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Daniel couldn’t rely on just wishing that his goal would be achieved. He didn’t sit back and hope and pray that his goals would be achieved. Instead he formed a plan.
I call it his S.TA.N. plan
Simple to understand by all
Timed for a Review
Aimed at a Deep Value
Negotiated with Key Others.

 

4. Lesson Number Four. Your plan gains importance when it is aimed at something of deep value to you.

For Daniel this was a really important goal. Eating the Kings food would mean he would be turning his back on God. Deep down in his life his relationship with God was of more importance than anything else, even food.

 

One of the reasons we don’t achieve our goals is because we don’t tie them into something of deep value to us.
Winston Churchill, in a famous speech, pointed the people of Great Britain, and indeed the whole world, to something of deep value.

 

We shall defend our island,
whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender.
Winston Churchill

 

He brought to the listener’s imagination pictures of beaches, fields, streets, hills. Places of importance and value. It connected the plan with the value.
Are your goals tied into something of deep value to yourself? Your health, your relationships, your family?

Simon Sinek writes about a time of great stress for him.

While I was trying to understand why some marketing worked and some didn’t, I had tripped over something vastly more profound. I discovered why people do what they do. It was then that I realized what was the real cause of my stress. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what to do or how to do it, the problem was I had forgotten WHY. I had gone through what I now know is a split, and I needed to rediscover my WHY. Simon Sinek

 

My personal plans are aimed at the values contained within a personal mission statement I wrote many years ago.

 

To know God and to make God known
To Love and Honour my Wife like a Queen
To raise my family in such a manner that they will wish to raise their children likewise
To be an expression of God’s love to the poor, the prisoner, the blind and the oppressed.
To be work-smart, enabling me to be an un-busy pastor focusing on listening, praying and teaching.
To develop leaders that can take the love of God to the community

 

I aim my plans at goals that are in accordance with the values expressed. I don’t always achieve my goals, but I know that if I aim at nothing I am sure I will hit nothing.

Ask yourself – Why is this goal so important?

If you can deeply understand the WHY then you are halfway to achieving your goal.

Some quotes to consider

Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first and we lose both first and second things. C.S. Lewis

 

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. Stephen R. Covey

 

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. Stephen A. Brennan
For the previous posts on this topic check out these links

 

Barry Pearman

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