Saturday, April 8, 2017

Becoming Someone of Worth


by Beth Vogt @BethVogt



Goals.

I’ve read articles about goal-setting. Sat in workshops about goal-setting. I know that goals should be S.M.A.R.T. :

  • SPECIFIC
  • MEASURABLE
  • ACHIEVABLE
  • REALISTIC
  • TIME-BOUND
All good tips for helping me (and you) break down goals so that we can reach them.

But all too often we focus on the goal—where we want to go—and we forget about who we are and who we become in the process of achieving our goals.

We’re purposeful in what we’re doing, but we lose track of our hearts. Our values. Our passions. Along our way to success, we lose ourselves.

Here’s a thought: Maybe, just maybe, the next time we’re writing down a goal, we ask ourselves three questions:

  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Who do I want to become in the process of working toward this goal?
  • Is that person someone worth becoming?
Here’s an example just off the top of my head:
  • What do I want to accomplish? I want to declutter my house. (Don’t ask!)
  • Who do I want to become in the process of working toward this goal? I want to become a person who is free of stuff—not hindered by things, not tripped up by disorganization.
  • Is that person someone worth becoming? Yeah, I think so.
In Your Words: Let’s talk about goal-setting today, shall we? What goal(s) are you working toward right now? Try applying the three questions to your goal(s):
What do I want to accomplish?
Who do I want to become in the process of working toward this goal?
Is that person someone worth becoming?

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Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A women's fiction novelist with Tyndale House Publishers, Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, as well as a 2016 ACFW Carol Award Winner and a 2015 RITA® finalist. In 2016, she continued her destination wedding series published by Howard Books with You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and  Almost Like Being in Love (June). Visit Beth at bethvogt.com.

6 comments:

  1. Great question, Beth. My goal is to complete the rough draft of two books by the end of the year. One non-fiction and the other fiction. I desire to grow closer to Jesus through the process. The fiction book delves into some intense topics. I want to learn more about these topics so I can better minister to others who have experienced them.

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    1. Cherrilynn: Sorry for the late response. I am on deadline right now (the manuscript is due on May 1), so I'm not online very often right now -- not even for my own blog posts. I admire your goals, especially how you want to grow closer to Jesus through your writing process. I find that I always do. As I write this book, I am praying over each page, each chapter, asking God what I've missed, what I need to add.

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  2. Love this post! Goal: finished rough draft of 3rd book last night, so today I start over, rewriting. Thankful I have something to edit. :-)

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    1. Pat: We are pacing each other right now, as I'm in the rewriting stage, too. Praying my way through, and I will be praying for you, too.

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  3. Marie Wells CoutuApril 8, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Great post, Beth! My goal: finish rewriting my current WIP by the end of May. I want to connect with more readers on a deeper level.
    This is an aspect of goal settig we usually forget when we set SMART goals! Thanks for the reminder. Why we have set the goal is most important.

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    1. Hi, Marie: I love your goal of desiring to connect with readers on a deeper level -- and I agree with it. I'm always trying to figure out how to do that, too, in an real way that reflects who I am.

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