This year I'm setting one goal. Draw near to God and let Him direct my path.

I used to be obsessive about goals.

Personal, business, spiritual, family, financial, etc. etc. Then the action plans and benchmarks. Reviewing and rewriting as necessary. You’ve all heard that a study of Harvard grads showed that if they had their goals written down they were more likely to achieve them.

It never really worked for me and the goals became a prison. A source of stress and angst as it became obvious they weren’t going to happen. So I quit writing goals.

So for a number of years no goals until last year. If you read this space you know I had three. I met none of them.

God had different ideas for me. I’m glad He did.

This year I’m setting one goal. Draw near to God and let Him direct my path.

What do you think? a cop out? lazy? unfocused? overspiritual?

Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Gary Trobee is a certified coach and a seasoned leader with over 20 years’ experience mentoring, coaching, and encouraging leaders and their teams.


  • At 2010.12.30 21:27, Parker said:

    Goals are a type of law: and we were never meant to fulfill the law. Example of a goal: “I will run 5 days a week,5miles each day to train for a marathon in may.” human nature aka our flesh automatically wants to defy the goal/law. Therefore I might keep my goal for a time (in the workout world this is the reason many people keep their goal through January and then slip into old habits) but I will break it at some point.
    The law that we have access to now as believers in Jesus is the law of grace. So a person wanting to train and run for a marathon can be motivated by the Holy Spirit inside which produces ample motivation and integrity and signup for the marathon knowing they want to accomplish it and train accordingly. Then enjoy the training because you know that Jesus fulfilled the law and we don’t have to be guilty if we miss our goal. Happy New Year!!!

    • At 2010.12.30 21:29, roberta said:

      yea gary, i agree. goals that are dashed made me feel like my life was a failure. but really i was so obsessed with goals instead of on the one who made me, not my goals. so press in to Him who made you and let him fill in the blanks.