Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Goal Setting

Every week on my mission we would set goals and plan the next week, and every day we would set daily goals and plan for the next day, including what we would be studying the next day. Each goal was related to the "Key Indicators for Conversion". As I've gotten into post-mission life, such things have begun to slip away from me, but over the past couple days, I've been studying Preach My Gospel with a focus on how the doctrines and principles taught in there can help with everyday life.

I do not recall if it was one of my mission presidents, or someone else, but during my time serving, someone said that if their employees would apply the principles taught in Preach My Gospel chapter 8 (How Do I Use Time Wisely), their income would be double what they were making. Unfortunately, there are no specific key indicators for the general membership. Fortunately, we can establish them for ourselves.

A few I thought of for myself:

  • Daily Scripture Study
  • Regular Temple Attendance with a Family Name
  • Weekly Family Home Evening
  • Worthily Partaking the Sacrament Weekly
  • Daily Communication with Heavenly Father
That is obviously not a comprehensive list, as our lives don't only focus on the Gospel, but have other aspects related to the Gospel (such as school and careers which enlarge your capacity to serve others). If it is important to set goals, we must come up with our own key indicators to give our goals focus. And I testify if we do not set goals, we will not become who we are meant to become! 

PMG 8 shares this bullet point: "Set goals for personal...study". It may not be the most organized thing in the world, but you should have a plan as to what you will study that day (in the scriptures, in your school work, in your professional life, etc). If you do not establish what you will study ahead of time, it will become much easier to shirk off the studying.

If we set goals, we manage our time. If we don't, our time manages us. If we set goals, we can become like our Savior. If we don't, we can become like the devil.

Ezra Taft Benson said, “Every accountable child of God needs to set goals, short- and long-range goals. A man who is pressing forward to accomplish worthy goals can soon put despondency under his feet, and once a goal is accomplished, others can be set up. Some will be continuing goals. Each week when we partake of the sacrament we commit ourselves to the goals of taking upon ourselves the name of Christ, of always remembering him and keeping his commandments. Of Jesus’ preparations for his mission, the scripture states that he ‘increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.’ (Luke 2:52.) This encompasses four main areas for goals: spiritual, mental, physical, and social. ‘Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be?’ asked the Master, and he answered, ‘Verily I say unto you, even as I am.’ (3 Ne. 27:27.) Now, there is a lifetime goal—to walk in his steps, to perfect ourselves in every virtue as he has done, to seek his face, and to work to make our calling and election sure” (“Do Not Despair,” Ensign, Oct. 1986, 5).

We have been asked to set goals to improve and become better men and women for decades! Now is the time to listen to the Prophets' words and set goals to improve ourselves.