Carrots and SticksJune 11, 2012
but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. ~ Proverbs 21:5
I was never a goal-setter. I lived my first 24 years wondering what life had in store for me next. Then… I married my wife, who is the consummate goal-setter. She even had this thing called a “budget.” I’d always thought that was a cuss word, or something to shout at before a good fight.
- Setting goals helps us decide what not to do. In the history of the world, there has never been the amount of options that there is today. Mac or PC, Coke or Pepsi. Career, school, spouse. Just count the number of mayonnaise options you have the next time you’re in the grocery store. Setting a good goal for yourself eliminates a bunch of the options and clears the path.
- Setting goals is unifying. Once a good goal is in play, it’s unifying. It aligns your personal resources (time, energy, money, etc.) and it aligns a team. Once my wife and I agree on a budget, we’re aligned. It’s saying, “This is what we want to do with the money we’ll get,” and then we make it happen. She helps me, and I help her.
- Setting goals helps us call something a “win.” Did you meet your goal? (This should be a “yes” or “no” answer.) If “no,” is that okay? Why didn’t you meet it? If “yes,” yay! At what cost? Is that okay? My wife and I are on the Dave Ramsey Plan, and we recently paid off our car. Yay!
Here is a very simple exercise to end with. What do you want to do in