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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Know The Goal

“It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.”  Helen Keller

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes to poverty.  Proverbs 21:5

Goal:  “the terminal point of a race”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

You’ll never get too far without knowing your destination.  That rule doesn’t change in the realm of leadership.  No one wants to follow a leader who doesn’t know or have a destination.  That’s why businesses and organizations of all types, shapes, and sizes, work so hard to formulate affective and meaningful mission, vision, and goal statements.  They serve to set forth a goal and a purpose to strive toward and work for.  Could you imagine following a leader who couldn’t articulate a goal?  Could you imagine someone important asking you where you’re headed, and then, having no answer?  In reality, that’s probably too common.  How many days do we live without a goal?  If we’re completely honest, probably quite a few.  Probably more than the days of purpose.  This in itself is an indicator of our positions as leaders.  More so than even position of power.  Because position and power doesn’t necessarily come with a goal.  Leadership always has a goal.  The fact is, if we don’t have a destination, we will never be leading in a meaningful or compelling way.  Managing maybe, but not leading.  And so, it follows that, the most compelling leaders have the most fascinating destinations in mind.  Steve Jobs comes to mind.  His personal leadership may have been terrible at times.  Still, he had, and still has a following, simply because of where he wanted to go.  People don’t necessarily follow the leader with the best interpersonal skills, or the kindest hearts.  Those are good things, but they don’t matter much when the goal is void.  Destination is the spark that ignites great leadership.  And who’s goal is better than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ’s?  For over two thousand years He’s been compelling followers.  From the first disciple, to you and me!  Why?  Because there’s no better destiny than His.  And so, what is our goal?  Do we have a worthwhile destination?  There’s none better than the one we have as followers of Jesus.  Our earthly goals won’t always be spiritual in nature, but they can always be influenced by God.  I’m reminded of Joshua when he so wisely said, “Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the god your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:14b-15  From that moment on, he was cemented as the leader of the Israelites.  And where did they follow him?  To the promised land.  If you’re going to lead, have a goal.  If you’re going to have a goal.  Make it a good one.  And always remember the goal of Jesus.  “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”  Jeremiah 29:11

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

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