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Setting spiritual growth goals is the foundation to gaining a better relationship with God. You obviously are ready to set aside time to focus on your spiritual life.
And you know what friend? I am too. I am going to do this right along side you. The world is so heavy right now and it is so important now more than ever to rekindle that relationship with the one and only who can bring peace and comfort into our hearts.
In this blog post we will discuss what a SMART goal is, and how we can use that formula to set attainable goals that you can use in your spiritual journey.
If you follow this step-by-step process to set spiritual goals, I think you will be on the right track to accomplishing what you want.
What is a SMART goal?
SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Let’s look more closely at each word.
Specific: Clear, focused, exact. You will have much better chances at success if you are really specific about the goal you want to set.
Measurable: Capable of being measured. You want to be able to see progress being made.
Achievable: Attainable, within reach.
Realistic: Within reason. No question it is completely possible to attain.
Timely: With a set timeline. Set a start date and end date to reach a new goal.
Spiritual Goals Worksheet
Examples of SMART spiritual goals.
Here’s an example of a long term SMART goal:
Be consistent at reading the Bible by intentionally setting aside twenty minutes every day for six days a week. Measure this goal by reading one chapter of the Bible every single day and checking it off in a bible reading plan as you go along.
Example of a short term SMART goal:
Complete a bible study plan from start to finish. Set aside twenty minutes, five days a week to go through a specific bible study book until you finish it. Most bible study’s are between four and twelve weeks long.
Remember that with any goal, you need to be specific about what you want to accomplish. Be realistic about the expectations you set for yourself; you know yourself better than anyone else, so set small consistent steps that align with your daily life. And figure out how you are going to measure the progress you are making.
This is the ultimate goal setting formula that gives you the best chance at meeting your spiritual goals because it gives step by step instructions to follow.
- What exactly do I want to accomplish? Set very specific intentional goals.
- How can I see the progress I have made so far? Write everything down.
- Am I capable of reaching this goal?
- Is this something I can realistically commit to? Is this goal outside of my comfort zone? If it is, am I okay with that?
- What is the deadline to achieve this goal? will I accomplish this goal by next month? next year?
What are the goals of a good spiritual life?
Examples of spiritual goals
Spiritual financial goals:
- Set aside at least ten percent of your income for tithing.
- Get out of debt.
- Save up to go on a mission trip.
- Give to the needy.
- Plan for the future so you don’t become a financial burden to loved ones when you are no longer able to work.
Spiritual daily goals:
- Spend time in prayer.
- Read the Bible.
- Listen to christian music or podcasts. Look below for podcast suggestions.
- Start a daily devotional. Devotionals are great because they are usually short five minute reads.
- Write in a gratitude journal.
- Call or text someone just to say hi and see how they are doing.
- Set a social media limit for yourself.
- Declutter one thing every day from your house. Clutter has been shown to harm mental health.
- Work on memorizing scripture.
- Share the gospel with someone new or encourage someone in their walk with God
- Pray for someone who is battling sickness.
- Make yourself a prayer closet. Watch the movie War Room for some inspiration.
- Write a list of everyone you need to pray for.
- Start a prayer chain with members of your bible study or church.
- Write in a prayer journal.
- Read a book on prayer.
- Confess your sins everyday.
- Thank God for every new day He gives.
- Memorize the Lord’s Prayer.
- Pray together with your spouse.
Think of a lifetime goal you would like to achieve. Here are a few examples:
These example goals are either, things that you hope to accomplish at least once in your lifetime, or things that you want to always focus on throughout your life. Think of different areas of life that you want to see consistent spiritual personal growth in.
- Go on a mission trip.
- Read the entire bible from start to finish.
- Practice hospitality in your home on a regular basis.
- Volunteer throughout the year.
- Stay active in your church.
- Be a reader of life-giving books.
- Take a leadership role in your church.
- Start a new bible study group.
- Resolve to take better care of your body by building wellness habits.
- Take a younger person under your wing and mentor them.
How to use the spiritual goals worksheet
Goal setting worksheets are a great tool to use when you want to set goals in different areas of your life. Writing things down on a physical sheet of paper helps your brain to focus. Print this spiritual goals worksheet as many times as you need and give it a try.
- Start out by writing down the start date and your goal end date for this goal.
- Write down your goal. Remember to be as specific as possible.
- Next write down your why. Why do you want to achieve this goal? What are you hoping to gain from it?
- In the next box down, write what specific steps you need to take to achieve your end Goal. How are you going to see the progress you are making?
- Lastly write down any additional notes to help you meet the SMART goal checklist….Is your goal specific enough? Is it measurable, achievable, realistic and can you get it done in a timely manner?
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Resources to inspire and help you reach your spiritual goals
These are all things I have used in my personal development journey at one time or another and really loved and found helpful and encouraging.
You can find these podcasts on your favorite listening app.
- Fearless with Cissie Graham Lynch
- Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk
- The Bible Recap
- Focus on the Family Broadcast
- The Holy Bible App. You can find different reading plans like reading the entire bible in one year. or daily devotional. You can also find plans for just one book of the Bible at a time, or plans on prayer or what ever other topic you want to dive into.
- Glorify App. This is a daily devotional app. It includes a short scripture reading, devotional and prayer time. The whole thing takes me about eight minutes to complete. It’s a great way to get your mornings started especially if you are short on time.
- God Tools App: I haven’t tried this app yet because I literally just heard about it yesterday at church. But I think it’s worth sharing because it’s supposed to help you share the gospel of Jesus in an easy way to understand. If you struggle with evangelizing this app might be worth checking out, I definitely will.
Books and Journals:
- Satisfy My Thirsty Soul: A Woman’s Guide to Deeper Intimacy with God by Linda Dillow
- Satisfy My Thirsty Soul Journal
- How To Pray: Reflections and essays by C.S. Lewis
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Additional Resources to help you in the right direction
- Dwell Differently water scripture tattoos to help you memorize scripture
- Encourage yourself in the Lord Quotes
- 30 Day habit tracker printables
Spiritual Goals Worksheet Closing Thoughts..
I am so proud of you for wanting to set for yourself a biblical goal and get on the right track with God.
There is nothing more important than having a strong relationship with our Heavenly Father. If at first you fail to meet your spiritual goals, try and try again. Don’t give up on yourself, it’s the small things that matter the most, and the fact that you are trying is the important thing!
God sees your pursuit of Him and He will meet you right where you are. You are precious in his sight and He loves you more than you could ever know!
Here’s a quote from the Glorify devotional this morning….
“It’s been said, every day is a CHOOSE day. Today, choose to let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. Every day you get to make the choice of what you will do and what you will accomplish.”