I truly believe that everything you do, accomplish, and overcome in your life is a direct result of your spiritual life. No matter how many books you read, how many podcasts you listen to, or how many conferences you attend, nothing can replace the power and direction that comes from being healthy spiritually. Your spiritual life is your compass; it quite often dictates your career path, the way you relate to your family and friends, as well as the way you treat strangers. It is the core of who you are and the single most influential part of your life. We would be hard pressed to make any progress this year without first setting a few spiritual goals.   Before you can set a goal, you have to have a vision for where you are going. A goal that isn’t founded on a greater vision is a waste of time. Before you set your spiritual goals, ask yourself where you’d like to be. Are there areas in your relationship with God that need improvement? Is there a particular way you’d like to grow over the next 12 months? The answers to these questions will give you the clarity needed to get started. Once you have identified the areas in which you’d like to improve, determine what you would like see. Would you like to read through the Bible this year? Develop a relationship with a spiritual mentor? Once you’ve identified the ideal outcome, you will be ready to move forward. [bctt tweet="A goal that isn’t founded on a greater vision is a waste of time." username="dukematlock"]   It’s finally time to set your goal. You’ve identified the areas that need improvement, named the outcome you’d like to see, and now you set the goal. The best goals are small enough to be achieved every day while also being significant enough to contribute to the big picture. If you want to read through the Bible in a year, an appropriate goal would be to choose a reading plan and follow it consistently. If you’d like to have a strong spiritual mentor, a reasonable goal would be to reach out to the people in your life that you admire and respect. You cannot control the future, but you can take steps today to create the reality you’d like to live in.   Bear in mind that spiritual goals are not as quantifiable as the goals you will set in the other areas of your life. Much of the progress you make and the things you accomplish in your spiritual life will be internal. You may not be able to see the results of your hard work, but you will feel them nonetheless.   You rarely hit anything you don’t aim at. If you want to make a change, improvement, or grow in your spiritual life this year, set some goals that will get you to where you want to be. Be careful not to set too many goals; remember that you only want 7-10 goals in total. When you set too many goals, you set yourself up to fail. Start small and begin today. If you need some inspiration to get started, check out this article. [bctt tweet="You rarely hit anything you don’t aim at." username="dukematlock"]  


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