Goals – Blog Carnival

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This week’s word is: Goals

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Goals and More Goals

I had no idea what to write about ‘goals’. I am terrible at setting goals and even worse at reaching them.

I’m not going to go into why that is, you don’t need to hear about my weirdness right now, so what can I possibly say about goals?

Well… two things, actually.

1) Michael Hyatt wrote about goals last week. He encourages all of us to write a ‘life plan’. I completely recommend that you go read his post and get his free ebook.

2) Then, today, I heard about Rebecca Black and her son ‘Friday’:

Now, her song does not by any means have the most ingenious lyrics, I’ll grant you, but there are two things she’s got, which all of the often very mean commenters who are slamming her video don’t have:

31 MILLION views of her song on YouTube and a top 20 ranking on iTunes.

You don’t need to read far down the comments to see how horrible people are being toward her. In fact, one commenter even went as far as to say they wished she’d cut herself and die.

What’s that about?

What I see is this: This 13 year old girl has a goal and she’s striving for it.

In fact, she has probably blown past her short term goals. I don’t imagine she would have even considered that she would gain THIS much fame almost overnight.

How do people react to that? They put her down, try to stomp on her, to break her, to squash her spirit.

I have two questions for you:

Are people in your church like that?…. are YOU like that?

All too often I’ve seen people in the Church take hold of their calling and step out to do what they believe God wants them to do, even if it seems a little unusual or ‘different’ and Christians around them, instead of supporting them and lifting them up, trample them down and do all they can to strip them of their dreams and their goals.

I’ve even seen pastors do it.

How about you? Do you help people achieve their goals or are you one of the naysayers, never brave enough to step out on your own and critical of anyone who does?

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

16 thoughts on “Goals – Blog Carnival”

  1. Well said.

    I also have two things to share:

    Do not quench the Spirit.
    (1 Thessalonians 5:19)

    … exhort one another daily, while it is called “today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
    (Hebrews 3:13)

  2. PS Peter ~
    Thanks for so consistently encouraging others. 😀

  3. Peter, I’ve been a “victim” of that kind of attitude inside the church, and it hurts a lot. But I think that God allowed that to happen so I myself would be more alert in order to avoid doing that to other people.
    To be honest, I try, but I can’t say that I’m always as supportive and understanding as I should be…

  4. Victim and I hope not victimizing others. For some it is difficult to be happy for someone else. My goal is to encourage others and be happy for them. May it ever be so.

  5. Love your balanced perspective on Rebecca Black … she is young and many of the people making the mean comments are adults and they should be encouraging, not discouraging.

  6. I’ve downloaded Mike Hyatt’s ebook too and look forward to reading it.

    At my church? I’m not sure that there are lot of people who set goals except for getting to heaven, which is certainly the ultimate goal! But God wants us to glorify Him NOW too so I think we need to set our minds on doing that. I’m a very goal-oriented person (to a fault!) so I have to be careful to not set too many.

    Thanks for the great topic. I look forward to reading around.

  7. Helen says:

    I don’t mean to be a naysayer, but I can think of a time or two when I didn’t think something could work, and I discouraged friends from even trying.
    I’m hoping I’ve matured beyond that, and into a person who nurtures her friends by offering some small bit of help, even if it is only so that they know they have a friend in their corner.

  8. jasonS says:

    It’s definitely a fine line sometimes between being discouraging and letting someone go off the deep end. It takes a heart to encourage and love and build up. Sometimes you have to redirect, but I would hope it would be with wisdom and grace and the Holy Spirit and not anything else. Good stuff, Peter. Thanks.

  9. Glynn says:

    You pose some profound questions, Peter. We’ve all seen it. We’ve all done it. We’ve all had it done to us.

  10. HisFireFly says:

    My prayer is that I always speak life into the dreams of others – but sadly I confess I fall short far too often!

  11. Kirsten says:

    I think many of us are so unaware of our own limiting fears that we then project them on others, and therefore subconsciously limit them in the attainment of their goals.

    It’s a healthy challenge, and I love that you challenged us to ask ourselves what we are doing to lift up others. Not enough, in my case. Not enough.

  12. katdish says:

    Well, I certainly hope I help people work towards their goals. It bothers me that we’ve become so mean spirited; that so many make sport of tearing others down.

    And as a side note, I wouldn’t mind hearing about your weirdness.

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