“You make known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence…” Psalm 16:11

Where are you going and how do you get there?

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Where are you going in life and how do you get there?  Do you know?  Have you thought about that?  Do you have specific goals?

What is it that you are trying to accomplish?  This is your mission.   A clear mission statement should answer these questions:

  1. What do you do?
  2. How do you do it?
  3. For whom do you do it?

A vision statement will spell out your goals and connect your mission statement with your values.  It’s usually a short statment of about 10 words or less.

Paul tells us to run with an aim in 1 Corinthians 9:26.  “Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air” (New International Version).

If you do know where you’re headed, are you staying on mission or are you adrift?

If a ship is off course by even just .5% (yes, only 1/2 percent!) it will miss its target by 50 miles!  Such a small change of course can make a big difference between reaching your goal or not.

To stay on mission, follow The Rule of One:  Doing at least one thing every day that moves you toward your goal.  It will keep you moving forward and making progress.  It’s important to be guided by God’s Word.  Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (NIV).

Having clear, written goals will help you to clarify where  you are going and then stay on track to get there.  Don’t forget to make them SMART goals—not just vague and generic.

  • S       specific            significant       strength-based
  • M     measurable     meaningful     malleable
  • A      attainable        achievable      action-oriented
  • R      relevant           realistic           rewarding
  • T      time-bound    trackable         terminal


A coach’s job is to help others stay on mission and in congruence with their vision. So, I must ask:

How can you maximize your life potential?  Do you need to set any goals or make any changes in order to do so?



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