I was playing Basketball with a guy who was really good at dribbling.
Nobody could get the ball away from him, but he hardly ever passed the ball and he hardly ever scored. This made me to wonder if there are areas in my life where I lose sight of the real goal.
It’s been said that when it comes to setting goals, the more clearly you understand what it is that you want, the easier it is to make it happen.
Not only do you need clear goals, but you also need a plan to reach them, because without goals and a plan to reach them, you’re like a ship that has set sail – but has no destination and you’ll simply drift and flow on the currents of life.
However, once you have clear goals and an action plan for accomplishing them, you fly like an arrow, straight and true to your target.
In chapter 2 of the book of Nehemiah, we’re told that when Nehemiah went to Jerusalem to build the walls, he didn’t tell anyone what he was planning to do.
I’m not sure why he kept it a secret, but my guess is that the task was so big, that he didn’t want others to “shoot down his plans” while the project was still in the early, infant stage.
I need to follow his example – I need to have goals that are clearly defined, I need to make plans to accomplish those goals, and I need to make sure that I don’t share my thoughts or plans too early or with the wrong people.