I read somewhere, think it was a John Maxwell idea, that effective leaders set out goals, and then work achieve them. I found that particularly comforting as I had just written in my journal at the beginning of the year “some goals for 2013″.
Reflecting on the year that passed I became very aware that a lot of my time and energy has been spent on things that neither energise me or seem to produce much fruit. It’s not to say that my efforts were wasted or not useful, just they didn’t really hit the mark. So at the start of the year I thought lets make 10 goals that I want to make some progress on in the year.
As a leader it is easy to get absorbed with lots of diverse issues. In Christian leadership we are required to lead a people group, come up with fresh vision and revelation, manage issues, handle people with pastoral sensitivity, sort out staffing problems, money problems, building problems… and so it goes on. It strikes me if you do not have a clear sighted view of what you are aiming at then you are bound to miss the target altogether.
Staying busy is not the problem of most leaders I know, staying focussed on the God direction is the real issue. So a start to keeping yourself focussed on the things God has asked of you is to set out your goals for the year, and keep them in sight.
I got to 9 goals by the way… actually I think I have just thought of the 10th!
by Stewart Keiller