WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE?  (Relating your goals in your purpose)
Yes we can make plans
James 4:13-17. Apostle Paul is teaching us to make plans with the qualifier “If the Lord will”
Dreams vs Goals
  • The subconscious mind does not know the difference between fact and fiction
  • Dreams helps us define goals
  • When dreams are given a purpose, meaning and action they become goals
Goals creation
·        Think it
·         Believe it
·         Write it
·        Live it
Have a culture of going back to your subconscious mind and take what you dreamt or what you were thinking and put it in writing. As soon as you put it in writing it become a goal.
Goal achievement
·         Time it
·         Defend it
·         Personalize it
·         Evaluate it
For instance if you said I want to have my lunch at 1:00pm and you had it at 2pm you haven’t successfully achieve your goal because it is out of time. (Many goals are achieved out of time bound, which is also a weakness)
     Goals orientation
·         Adjusting skills
·         Increasing ability
Adjust yourself to suit the environment so as to achieve your goals. Don’t just be rigid.
Dare to add your value by adding your knowledge and ability, some goals will not be achieved easily by the knowledge you have.
Goals efficacy
Probability that you will achieve your goal
I can or I cannot. Ability to do or not to do
Know your ability first before you go for a certain goal
Know your talents, gifts and abilities. Know areas where you’re good at and where you are not.
Goals Integrity
  • Consistency with personality
Know your personality. Set your goals according to your personality.
Consistency – doing (almost) same, similar thing/things. Producing same results
  • Register on motivational websites. Go through motivational materials e.g. books, articles, web pages, video clips e.t.c.
  • Avoid social comparison
  • Develop strategies for coping in tough moments. Your own strategies to move on after hard times/ failures
  • Take care of your body
  • Stay accountable
  • Upgrade your association. Change your friends. If you are the smartest person in your group you are in the wrong group. Have coffee/ a drink with people you always admire to be like.
  • Choose your key word. What is it that your mouth can’t stop saying every day? Remember that can build you or break you, e.g. success, breakthrough, fame, life hardship.
Understand that
·         Life is not easy
·         You will fail sometimes
·         There is a lot you don’t know
·         You can’t do every thing
·         There is a lot you can’t control
·         You can’t change the past
·         A  map is useless if you don’t know where you are
·         Excellence is a journey not a destination
·         Vague goals produce vague results. Say what you want, and say it the way you want.
  • Failure is bad. Remember, Failure is also a step in learning
  • My dreams are impossible
  • I don’t have enough yet to be happy
  •  I am not ready because I am not good enough yet
These are lies we sometimes hear from others or sometimes telling ourselves
Goals sectors
  • Spiritual
  • Physical
  • Mental
  •  Career
  • Financial
  • Education
  •  Family
  • Stewardship
Chris Mauki
Social, Relationships and Counseling Psychologist
PhD candidate
University of Pretoria
South Africa.


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