Use these tips and Bible verses excerpted from Lessons of a Lifetime to set and achieve your goals.
1. Desire: Here’s where it starts. You want something that is not presently with you it has to be achieved. “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” —Psalm 37:4
2. Imagine: You must form a mental image of that thing or situation, which you desire—whether it’s a visible thing like a new car or an in- visible thing like love. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” —Ephesians 3:20
3. Goal: The image and the goal actually overlap. After you desire something, you form an image of it in your mind’s eye and then set it as a goal. Writing it down is important. Refer back to it often. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 3:14
4. Faith: The Bible has much to say about faith and belief. “According to your faith will it be done unto you.” And you must believe that you will have what you desire. “Now faith is conﬁdence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” —Hebrews 11:1
5. Act: This is the most important step. Most people stop here. Taking action gets you out of your comfort zone. Once you set your goal and hold that image before you, you must willfully step out in faith. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” —Matthew 6:34 “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” —James 2:22
6. Give: You must give in order to receive. This is a law of the universe. In business, you have to give a product or service in order to receive compensation. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” —Luke 6:38 Likewise, if you want love, you must give love. “Love covers over all wrongs.” —Proverbs 10:12
7. Receive: There must be no feeling of guilt or unworthiness. If so, there must be forgiveness—either for you or toward others. You must have a good self-image, or you will unconsciously sabotage your goals. “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks ﬁ nds and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” —Matthew 7:8