How to Set “Spirit Lead” Goals for a Fruitful Life!

January 01, 2024 4 min read

How to Set “Spirit Lead” Goals for a Fruitful Life!

Hi friend! Our January 2024, Happy New Year theme is.......“Spirit Lead” Goals for a Fruitful Life! We are heading into the New Year and I am so excited!!! 2024 is right around the corner and it’s that time of year when we start thinking and planning ahead on what we’d like to do and accomplish in the new year.

I’ll be approaching my goal setting a little different this year. Yes, I still have my health goals and family goals and savings goals but I will be focusing more on who God is calling me to “BE” in these areas of my life.
God has created us in His image. Are we displaying our best selves in every area as God has created us? I plan on weaving Galatians 5:22-23 all throughout the goals I have set for myself AND I’ll allow space for God to come in and change, redirect, modify, remove or add anything that He’s sees fit. I’ll seek Him diligently in every thought and deed throughout this goal setting season.
“Be so confident about God’s plan that you don’t even get upset anymore when things don’t go your way.” Alli Worthington
Ponder this as you set about your plans and goals for 2024.....what if, the goals we seek (the “things”) are not actually what we desire? Our minds tell us that when we finally reach the “goal”, it will make us “feel” a certain way. Think about that in the context of your goal setting this year. For example, what will improving your health do, how will you feel when you reach your goal? More confident, energetic, joyful, disciplined? Could it be that we are actually seeking the “Fruit of the Spirit” feelings in reaching for our goals.
What if, what we are actually after in our lives are the “feelings” that we think reaching the goal will give us? More love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It would then make sense that the only goal that matters in our goal setting is the FRUIT that comes from the goal. So why not focus on that? How can you become a more disciplined person on the way to reaching your health or financial goals, or a more joyous, kind person on the way to your relationship goals?
Just some thoughts to ponder......
Let’s spend some time setting goals in the context of the person that God has made us to be, in HIS IMAGE. Use my “SPIRIT Lead” Goal setting tips below to help guide you on your goal setting journey!
S – SURRENDER and SURVEY: Be open and allow God to lead this process. Survey and review where you are right now and where you want to go. Look back over your year with grace, be kind to yourself and all you’ve been through. Lean on God to open your heart to all he has planned in the New Year. I have a process I use for reviewing my year on my Prayerful Planner Blog!
P – PLAN and PRAY: Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Write out your plans, make your vision known. Get quiet, spend time asking and seeking God. Let Him reveal dreams that you may have stuffed away and forgotten about. We are never too old or too broken to dream a new dream! God has big plans for us!!
I – IDENTITY: Take a look at the goals and dreams you’ve written down, now think “WHO” do you need to “BECOME” to reach those goals. What type of person do you need to be, what FRUIT do you need to bare? Lean into Galatians 5:22-23, how can you weave the Fruit of the Spirit throughout your goals and plans.
R – ROAD-MAP: Now you need an actual daily plan, habits if you will, to accomplish what you’ve decided to achieve in the new year. What routines will you need to work on and establish? Make a list of daily habits and routines that you will track daily to reach your goals. What steps do you need to take to get there. Make your plan knowing that God can (and most likely will) intervene and redirect your steps!
I – IMPLEMENT: How will you work these new plans, habits and routines into your busy day to day life. If you don’t make a plan now, you’ll never stick to it. Set small tasks to accomplish everyday, create checklists and reminders until it becomes second nature. Cultivating new habits, routines and ways of being IS NOT EASY, it takes work and commitment and a promise to yourself and God. Write notes and lists in your planner everyday, use sticky notes around your house and work, set reminders on your phone. Change only happens when we change.....and change takes effort!
T – TESTIFY: Don’t forget to give glory to God all along the way to reaching all your goals and creating a fruitful life. Celebrate all the tiny milestones along the way. “Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; His greatness is unsearchable. One generation will commend Your works to the next, and will proclaim Your mighty acts—the glorious splendor of Your majesty. And I will meditate on Your wondrous works. They will proclaim the power of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness. They will extol the fame of Your abundant goodness and sing joyfully of Your righteousness.” Psalm 145:3-7
What are your thoughts on Goal Setting? Please share them with us in our private Facebook group! How do you set up and track your goals throughout the year?

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