What spiritual goals should you set for yourself?
Here’s some of our top tips for setting spiritual goals that empower you…
What are Spiritual Goals?
In short, spiritual goals are just like any other goal. People set all kinds of goals for their lives in terms of health, family, and relationships.
This includes things like: lose ten pounds, spend more time with the kids, start a diet, etc.
Setting spiritual goals is just as important as any other, if not more so. The nature, quality, and strength of your spiritual life are what sets the tone for the rest of your life.
It’s what connects you to the divine and it’s where you find your peace. The new year is a great time to start thinking about setting some spiritual goals.
Keys to Setting Successful
Part of setting spiritual goals is ensuring you decide on things that will challenge you, grow you, make you better, but are reasonably attainable.
If you set a goal that is impossible to reach, you’ll not only get frustrated trying but you’ll ultimately end up disappointed.
You need to be deliberate when setting your spiritual goals. Follow these tips to set the best possible goals for you and your life:
Prayer should be the first step in any spiritual situation. For most, prayer is how you connect with the divine. It’s how you converse with God and find direction and advice.
You may have some spiritual goals in mind but pray about them before deciding on anything for sure.
Not only should you pray for guidance in selecting your goals, but pray about the best way to go about achieving them.
Pray about the steps you should take and pray for any fears or obstacles to be removed.
In order to set goals that are truly achievable, you must be specific about them. Vague, abstract goals will not be met because the conditions of meeting them aren’t clear. For example, “get healthy” isn’t a reasonable goal.
Instead of this vague statement, you need to set goals like “lose 10 pounds by Christmas” or “go to the gym minimum three times each week.”
These are specific, actionable goals that you can follow, track, and succeed at. If you succeed with these goals, you will naturally become healthier.
The same goes for spiritual goals. “Be more spiritual” isn’t a good goal.
“Get closer to God” doesn’t help you much because you haven’t determined how you’re going to do this.
In this case, you need to decide what steps you will take. Does this mean reading your Bible more? Joining a study group? Reading certain books? These are goals that can be worked on and achieved.
Setting spiritual goals will do you no good if you’re not honest with yourself about what you need to do.
Don’t choose a goal just because it’s “trendy” or it’ll make you look good when people ask what your goals are.
Set goals that you actually need to achieve. If you’re not honest with yourself, you won’t actually achieve true growth or progress in your spiritual journey.
Expect it to be Difficult
Regardless of how well you set your goals and how good the goals are, they’re never going to be easy.
You’re fooling yourself if you think you’ll achieve all your goals effortlessly and without a struggle.
When you expect difficulties, you’ll be more prepared to deal with them. More importantly, you won’t become frustrated and give up when they appear.
Set Yourself up Properly
If you’re serious about achieving your spiritual goals, you need to be proactive in setting yourself up for success. This includes creating an environment where you will thrive and have the best chance at success.
Take a critical look at who you spend your time with and where.
Is your current lifestyle and fellow company going to improve or impede your chances of success? Do they feed your spiritual life and encourage your relationship with God? If not, it might be time to make some changes.
It may seem drastic, but it may be necessary if you’re truly serious about deepening your walk of faith.
Celebrate the Small Things
You already know things are going to be difficult at times. You will experience roadblocks and obstacles.
These things will require strength and resilience to push through. When you do, celebrate.
When you take small steps toward your ultimate goal, celebrate.
The small victories are worth celebrating because they are a step in the right direction.
If you make a habit of rewarding yourself for these small achievements, you’ll feel more encouraged and empowered to keep going.
Benefits of Having Spiritual Goals
You may be wondering what you’ll really get from having and working towards spiritual goals. There are many benefits to having these goals and many things you’ll get from them:
- You will bring forth feelings of happiness and contentment.
- You will find inner peace.
- You grow in tolerance and become more patient.
- You will be better able to stay calm in stressful or negative circumstances and not allow them to affect you.
- You will become more confident and strong in yourself.
- You will learn to overcome negative thoughts and feelings.
- You will gain courage and be able to leave your comfort zone.
- You will gain common sense and become more aware of the world around you.
- You will learn to better appreciate the small things and positive experiences in life.
- You will become more compassionate and gracious towards others and their circumstances.
This list is not exhaustive. There is much to be gained from setting and achieving strong, specific spiritual goals. It will improve your life in all areas, from physical and mental wellbeing to how you interact with and relate to other people.
Ultimately, it strengthens your relationship with God, which is a crucial part of your life as a whole.
How to Achieve Spiritual Goals
Depending on the specific goal you’ve set, there are different ways to physically go ahead and work on your goals. Different methods will work for different people, but these steps will get you off to a good start:
- Write it down. Whatever your goal is, write it on a sticky note or a piece of paper and put it where you’ll see it at least once every day.
This reinforces the goal in your mind and keeps your subconscious working on it all day long.
- Get an accountability partner. Choose someone close to you who shares your beliefs. Tell them your goals in detail and ask them to hold you accountable.
Maybe they question you about your goals once a week or go with you to studies or events. This will keep you on track as you’ll have someone you don’t want to disappoint.
- Decide on a time frame. Don’t just pick a goal and throw it out there. Make a timeline. When do you want to have achieved this goal by? This will give you a finish line.
Even if you don’t make it every time, having the date in mine will give you motivation and help you create a reasonable plan.
Examples of Spiritual Goals
If you’re struggling to decide on spiritual goals to set, consider some of these options:
- Read a chapter of the Bible every day.
- Forgive someone who wronged you and never apologized.
- Memorize a new Bible verse each week.
- Donate a certain amount to charity each week.
- Regularly attend Bible study.
- Do a personal Bible study.
- Find a spiritual mentor.
- Pray daily.
- Start a gratitude journal.
- Read one nonfiction, spiritually challenging book each month.
How can I achieve my spiritual goals?
You can achieve your spiritual goals by setting attainable, reasonable goals and making a true effort to work towards them. Be honest and specific with yourself. This helps yo create goals that will actually fulfill and grow you.
Once set, be deliberate. Think about your goals every day and never stop working towards them. Write them down, ask for help, and celebrate the small victories.
What does the Bible say about goal setting?
The Bible not only encourages spiritual growth and development, but it provides guidance in doing so. There are verses throughout the entire text that encourage you to develop self-control, kindness, love and many other such qualities.
It also talks about how to treat people, how to serve others, and how to love your enemies. Use the Bible to help you as you work towards your spiritual goals.
What are some family goals?
Goals often work well when families make them together.
Family goals are goals that a family sets and every member commits to the goals.
They often have to do with the family and their operations. Some family goals can include:
- Eating healthier food.
- Saving up for a family vacation.
- Spend more time together.
- Eat dinner all together once a week.
- Volunteer and serve others together.
How can I be spiritual without religion?
There are many ways to be spiritual without necessarily cleaving to any one religion. Doing these things will connect you to a pure, simple spiritual energy and allow you to grow within yourself:
- Unplug from technology and connect with nature.
- Regularly do something you love doing.
- Serve others without expecting anything in return.
- Read books that lift you up and encourage you.
- Meditate daily and reflect on yourself and your life.