How I Am Setting Goals This Year


Setting goals is never easy. The list I create is always too long and overwhelming.

So this year I purchased a set of workbooks curated by Seth Godin called “Pick Four“. Pick Four is a quarterly goal setting program originally written by the late Zig Ziglar and republished by Seth in a more contemporary “workbook” format.

Four goals, worked on everyday, reviewed every week.

That’s all there is to it.

How Does Goal-Setting Work?

Studies have determined that there are generally three things that make goal setting achievable.

  1. Small Steps
  2. Consistent effort
  3. Accountability

Here is a portion of Seth Godin’s testimony found in the workbook:

 “Within a month I had written down all the steps he (Zig Ziglar) describes in the goals program and I started following the steps. Drip, drip, drip. Day by day, bit by bit, I started to make progress. And then, quietly, my progress started accelerating. Suddenly, the bricks started falling into place, personal goals achieved”

Set a goal and in small steps, consistent steps, work to reach the goal you set. Get support from your friends when you need it.

Seth continues.

“the reason we don’t set goals is that we’re afraid. We’re afraid of saying a goal out loud, even to ourselves and certainly afraid of writing it down. We’re afraid of trying to achieve a goal and failing. And, surprisingly, we’re afraid of reaching our goals because reaching them means our lives will change and change is often at the center of our fear”

I think there is quite a bit of truth here. If not, very thought-provoking.

There is no denying that goals work.

Asking the Lord what He wants you to do in 2013 and how He wants to co-labor with you to see it done is vital. I know God wants to show these things to you and partner with you to see it done. That’s exciting!

A last word from Seth

“Choosing one thing means not choosing another. It means revealing (to yourself or someone else) what you truly care about. Caring costs you because it exposes you. If you care, then you’ve just made yourself responsible for your future. If you’re brutally honest about what you want and what’s possible, you’ll clean out a lot of junk that’s been holding you back. When you quit the bad stuff and embrace the good, the obstacles disappear and things start to get done. Drip, drip, drip, things get done, progress is made and goals accomplished.”

So How does Pick Four Work?

  1. Create a Dream list. Prayerfully, create a list of anything you think you’d like to be, do or have. No more than 50 items.
  2. Filter the Dream list (the workbook helps you).
  3. Break your filtered goals down in categories so you can achieve balance in your goal setting. Again, the workbook helps you.
  4. Choose only 4 goals to work on for the first quarter of 2013. This would be January through March.
  5. Write out each goal and answer a series of questions for each goal chosen. The workbook provides the questions.
  6. Review and report daily via the workbook.

That’s it.

Use It Daily

The hand-sized Pick Four workbook provides a way to keep goals in front of me. My job is to work on each goal and report how I am doing on a daily basis.

Now, I realize that I will miss days for various reasons but it’s important to keep these goals before me in the morning and evening of each day.

I have some pretty big goals I feel the Lord has dropped into my heart the first quarter of 2013. Please keep me in your prayers.

I hope this benefits you in someway with your own goal-setting plan.

[note color=”#f5f5f5″]Questions: Love to hear from you. Do you set goals or do you think setting goals is kinda a waste of time? Is it difficult for you to achieve set goals? How are you achieving goals this year?[/note]

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Greg is the Founder and Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer, Husband, Father, Pastor and Writer. He is married to his wife Wendi, and have three amazing children and four grandchildren. Greg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  1. Sounds like a great, easy plan to follow. I pray you will have success this year in sticking to your goals. I know anything led by Father will be amazing and successful.

    Happy New Year! 2013 is rolling in fast and I am so excited to see what this year has to offer. Praying and hoping that this is the year Jesus raptures His church. I feel like a little kid waiting for Daddy to take me on a wonderful trip!

    Be blessed!

    1. Great hearing from you. Hope all is well.

      Pray that the Lord brings continued blessings and increase your way in 2013. Thanks for stopping by. 😉

  2. Brilliant PG! I can manage four. Thanks. I needed that!

    1. Glad that this can possibly work for you.

      1. Thanks pg very helpful looking into the workbook good organization set up connie

        1. Connie, glad to hear it. If you do get the books, please let me know. I would love to find out how it’s working for you.

          I’ll put up a post after this first quarter of the year and let the community know how the workbook worked for me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’ll try this system and see how it compares to my current system.

    1. Glad you are trying it out.

  4. Im using 4 questions this year from Perry Noble’s pocast:

    What I am asking God for?

    What am I willing to go through?

    What am I really wrestling with?

    What am I willing to believe?

    This is helping me keep my goals faith oriented, knowing that without God my goals wont be accomplished.

    1. Just added 2 more questions to my list (already have 2 of the 4). I like questions 2 and 3. Praying for you. Thanks for sharing. 😉

  5. great post, and comments…

    I am really interested in these workbooks, are you surprised? My goal setting is way out of control and needs simplification… again, Im sure your surprised…
    I’ll be ordering them on Amazon 🙂 gina

    1. I am totally surprised. 😉 Let me know what you think when you get and use them. I will fill you in on how I am doing.

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