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The 8 Beatitudes of Goal Setting

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There may not have been anyone to guide you through the process of setting goals as you were growing up, but now is the time to start living your life with intention and setting goals is the way to get you started on the journey.

The word “Beatitudes” means blessings and I wanted to look at goals from this perspective because there can be some wonderful blessings through the process of goal setting.  Often times when people think about the New Year they set a list of goals they want to reach.  In looking at changes you would like to make in the New Year, I hope you will consider the following beatitudes.


Be positive in goal setting. Doing away with things often has a negative connotation and as humans the more we’re told we can’t or shouldn’t do something, the harder it is to stop.  Therefore I recommend that you identify new things you can implement to replace the old way of doing things.  The replacement method makes us less vulnerable to lapsing back into the old ways.

Be aware of core values in goal setting.  Goals that are tied to your core values have built in motivation that will propel your toward your objective.  In most cases the things we have a passion for are tied to our core values so setting goals in this way is a winning combination.

Be accountable in goal setting.  Find a partner who will be supportive and encouraging as you seek to implement your new goals.  Enlist a truthful, faithful friend or advisor who will lovingly hold you accountable for your own sake.

Be specific in goal setting.  The most productive changes come as a result of step-by-step implementation.  This provides short-term steps that lead to long-term changes.  It makes the goal manageable by breaking it up into bite size pieces, so as not to overwhelm.

Be intentional in goal setting. Some of the things we need to change aren’t really bad per se, but if they are not productive or serving us in our desired way of life, then they need to go.  A smarter way to look at goals is to start with the end in mind and work back from there.  Identify specific activities that can be integrated now and start taking action to get you closer to the desired end result.

Be rewarding in goal setting.  Integrate celebration points along the way.  Be specific about exactly what you will reward yourself with once you achieve each step in the process.  Planning to celebrate your success in increments provides built-in motivation and insures greater success.

Be flexible in goal setting.  Some goals will truly be life changing and it might be a life-long habit or belief that you are getting to the root of through your goal.  You might want to revisit and reassess your goal list if you find difficulty implementing your chosen goals successfully.  Give yourself the needed space to grow and accomplish your goals in the way that works best for you!

Be gracious in goal setting.  Don’t set yourself up for failure by being too hard on yourself in establishing goals.  Go easy on yourself and create a pace that leads to your continued success.  Each day is a new opportunity to start fresh so don’t look back and beat yourself up.  Every day can be your personal January 1st.

Spiritual Perspective: My most effective change in terms of goals has been as the result of prayer and getting the Lord’s perspective on my situation.  Proverbs 16:3* says it like this: “Depend on the Lord in whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Decide today to invest in yourself and create some real, long lasting change for your life.  I have different coaching packages to help you set the right goals and get busy pursuing your big dreams.  Don’t put it off any longer; find out which option suits you best.

Truth For Your Life:  Are you setting realistic goals and how have your broken them down into actionable steps?  What activities do you have planned to recognize and celebrate your success?  How will your goals be a blessing to you and to others?

As always your comments and conversation are welcomed and encouraged!

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13 Responses to The 8 Beatitudes of Goal Setting
  1. Ashley Pichea
    December 12, 2010 | 6:09 pm

    RT @BridgetHaymond: My most popular blog post: The 8 Beatitudes of Goal Setting:

  2. Bridget Haymond
    December 12, 2010 | 4:11 pm

    My most popular blog post: The 8 Beatitudes of Goal Setting:

  3. Lee Wise
    January 26, 2010 | 1:04 am

    Caught your Tweet and decided to stop the by blog and ended up landing on this list. In short, I thought it to be: (1) short enough to quickly comprehend; (2) thoughtful; and (3) practical.

    Personally, I like the thought of prayer and "getting into the Lord's presence." Simply a good reminder as I've been rushing most of the day, lol!

    Another area I personally resonated with was connecting with your core values: in fact, I jotted down a few thoughts on that myself today. Not in relationship to goal setting, but just connecting with such values.

    Thanks for being a positive influence,


    • Bridget Haymond
      January 26, 2010 | 1:28 am


      Thanks for your wonderfully encouraging comments. I’m glad you found this post beneficial.

      Here’s to a great 2010!

  4. Southern Fried Gal
    January 25, 2010 | 10:04 pm

    Good words. I especially needed to be reminded of the spiritual perspective today.

  5. Steve-Personal Succe
    January 2, 2010 | 8:55 pm

    Bridget, I am so excited to have found you on Twitter and on this blog. I love Laurie Beth Jones' material, and I have often felt that there are not many Christian leaders and coaches helping those inside the church accomplish great things for God. I look forward to more reads on this blog, as I am subscribing 🙂

    • Bridget Haymond
      January 2, 2010 | 9:11 pm

      It’s wonderful to have you on board Steve and I look forward to all of us accomplishing great things as we live in the truth of our life purpose!

      Happy New Year!

  6. Mark Sturgell
    January 2, 2010 | 6:59 pm

    Wonderful! Practical, truly inspiring and right on about goal setting. Thank you for sharing, as always. I remain grateful of our connection.

    • Bridget Haymond
      January 2, 2010 | 7:25 pm

      Thanks Mark, it is a joy to be connected to you as well. Happy New Year my friend!

  7. Julie Walraven
    January 2, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    Bridget, I love this post. It is clear and really makes sense. As so one who is working on this very thing, goal setting and being deliberate about it, I will put this in a place where I can find it again.

    I'm so glad we "met" and wish you a blessed 2010!

    • Bridget Haymond
      January 2, 2010 | 5:50 pm

      Thanks Julie! You are right, being “deliberate” is what leads to purposeful living. I'm so glad we met also and wish you all the best in 2010!

  8. Mark Oakes
    December 31, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    Excellent Post, Bridget. We all look forward to continued inspriation and insights from you in 2010.


    • Bridget Haymond
      January 1, 2010 | 4:05 pm

      Thank you for your wonderfully encouraging words Mark. I value your wisdom and inspiration through your tweets and look forward to great things in 2010 for us all.