Changing Goals

“Do you set goals?”

I smiled, knowing my friend had no idea just how goal oriented I am, “Absolutely.”

A moment of silence ensured as we continued setting our ropes and gear, “How often do you accomplish your goals?”

I grinned, “100% of the time.”

No pause this time. “How in the world do you reach all of your goals without failure?”

Looking up with a short chuckle, “Simple. I move the target.”

My climbing partner was now confused, “What do you mean, you ‘move the target?'”

“As I see it, goals are fluid – not rigid. Goals exist to serve us. We are not to serve them. If a goal is rigid, then we become subservient to the goal. When goals are fluid, they become subservient to us, which is how it should be.”

By now we were sliding on our harnesses. “But if goals are fluid and change, why set them in the first place?”Changing Goals 1

I bent down, picked up a small rock, and began scratching a diagram on the cliff we were about to climb. “When we set and begin moving toward a goal, we need to understand, we are on a journey. In this journey, we gain new information, glean insight, discover more clearly who we are and the community of people we are working with or seeking to serve. If we fail to refine our goals as we gain new insight, we either miss the goal all together or hit the original goal while failing to serve ourselves or others well. Why? Becausechanging-goals-4.jpg we have served the goal. If on the other hand, we modify the original goal, as we gain new information, we are bound to hit it every time, while serving ourselves and others better in the process. Why? Because we have been flexible enough to let the goal serve us.”

“Are there times that our goals should remain unchanged or moved?”

“Yes. Sometimes in the journey we learn that the original goal is the right goal and should remain unchanged to best serve ourselves and others. Yet, sometimes we discover that the original goal was completely unnecessary and should be eliminated – why waste our time? After tying in and setting the belay, I looked at my friend, I asked, “So, what’s your goal this morning?”

He smiled, “To reach the summit.”

“Where at the top of the cliff are you going to summit and what route are you going take to get you there?”

“I don’t know. I’ll let you know when I reach my goal.”


Changing Goals 1

In this image the goal setter () moves toward accomplishing the goal (G). In the journey, he either gains no new information that deems goal modification or he ignores new information gained in the process and proceeds to accomplish the original goal regardless if it’s potential need to be modified.


changing-goals-4.jpgIn this image the goal setter () moves toward accomplishing the goal (G). But in the journey (J2), she gains new information that deems goal modification. She assimilates the new information which modifies the original goal. When she reaches the goal it is now a modified goal (MG) based on the assimilation of gained insights from her journey.



3 Responses

  1. Is it possible to never set goals in life, and yet always accomplish Gods will?

  2. Philippians 3:14
    I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

    2 Corinthians 5:9
    So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

    Luke 13:32
    He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’

    1 Peter 1:9
    for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

    1 Timothy 1:5
    The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

    What do you think?

  3. Dave seams to be referring to our goals, while the scripture Ron quotes refers to goals commissioned to us by God. Our goals are the goals “we set,” in which case “we” do not have any command to set goals. Our goals, however, can be inspired by what God desires (God’s goals), and can be very good. Unfortunately, the goals that we set for ourselves can also contain elements of our flesh; carnal desires such as power, prestige, vanity and financial gain, even when masked under the guise of a spiritual purpose. We do not ever need to set our own goals in life in order to have in mind the goal God already has for us and to pursue that goal. In that sense, we can accomplish God’s will without ever setting our own goals in life. To use the scriptures above …let’s focus on “THE goal”, and then “make it our goal to please Him.”

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