Simple Goals

imagesWe’ve been talking about GOALS this month. The purpose is to help you understand the importance of creating goals in your life and in your work.

I’ve received some comments from people who are just overwhelmed by the work involved in creating SMART GOALS, which we highly recommend.  We’ve also talked about the fact that often we don’t create goals because we’re just afraid of failure.

Today I want to take a step back, and remind you that setting goals doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be really simple.

Here are 3 thoughts on SIMPLE GOALS:


For many of us, one of the hardest steps is taking a goal from our mind and putting it on paper. I want to encourage you to just “write it down”. Don’t worry about defining it at this point. Don’t worry about validating it at this point. Just write it down someplace and let it sit. The goal will begin to work itself out as you study it, think about it, put practical steps to it, but the first thing is to write it down.



For many of us, we may take the step of writing the goal down, then we do nothing with it. We may lose the paper, we may ignore it, we may fight it. The second thing we need to do is to create some simply action steps. What can we do that will help us achieve this goal. An example would be: I want to lose 10 pounds.  Action steps might be:  weigh myself today, determine where and when I will exercise, develop a menu plan, etc…    What are the first steps you need to take to even begin moving towards the goal.



For many of us, we need to be constantly reminded of what it is we’re trying to accomplish. I’m going to let John W. Richardson speak to this in a post on his blog, Personal Success Today. He’s got some great suggestions and a simple tool that will help you keep your goals in front of you. Read his post HERE.


Don’t make it too complicated. This tips can be used by kids, young people, new leaders and any professional.

If you haven’t taken that first step of creating some practical goals, try it today!

Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 31 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: Write directly to Russ at: twitter: leadwithruss, leadermundial

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