By Denise Willms
Now that the new year has arrived, everyone seems to be talking (or blogging) about their resolutions for the next 365 days. Some people are making resolutions not to make any more resolutions! I even found a blog post this week by someone who chooses a theme for each year, rather than makes resolutions.
No matter what you choose to call it, you've probably set at least a few goals for yourself this year. Your list might even look a little bit like mine:
It's completely natural, and even healthy, to set goals and plans for yourself. After all, if you don't know where you want to go, how will you ever know when you get there? The tricky part is knowing which goals you should be setting for yourself.
How Do You Decide Which Goals to Set for Your Business?
It's easy to get caught up in the goal-setting frenzy of the new year. "What are your business goals for the next year?" is the question of the hour. "Make them now or you won't get anywhere this year!" You may have even heard the discouraging, "You should have set your goals for this year three months ago. It's too late now!"
But if your plan includes listening to God more in your business, and following His plan, you may have to take a different approach.
Do You Know God Has Plans for Your Business Too?
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, in Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).
For a long time, I didn't really like that verse. I had this idea that God's plans for me weren't as exciting as what everyone else was up to... and certainly not as good as what I could come up with on my own. So, I made my own plans instead, and then wondered why they didn't work out like I had wanted, or why I wasn't happy with where I ended up.
One day I slowed down enough to read the rest of the verse: "... plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." To me, that verse is not an assurance that my business will be successful, because I believe that God's idea of success and prosperity often differs from our earthly definitions. However, it is an assurance for me that God knows exactly what He has planned for my life and my business, and if I follow His plan, I will discover the very best He has for me.
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