#75Hard Day 45: Why Goals Should Be Guided By Your Values
▶️ Using our core values as a filter when we set goals and intentions is extraordinarily important.
▶️ It ensures that we will end up somewhere we actually want to go.
▶️ Think about it: if you have big goals you’re trying to achieve, you can only assume what it will look and how you feel once you get there. You don’t know by experience.
▶️ The last thing you want to do is get there at the cost of your values and those things which are most important to you.
▶️ In addition, if you set your goals based on values, you set up an accountability system which serves as an intrinsic motivator. You enjoy being the person who cheats those outcomes, so it’s easier to stay invested in the process.
▶️ Using your value system not only ensures the outcome is one that you will actually enjoy achieving, but also keeps you interested in sticking through the process even when it gets tough.
▶️ This is also a great way to avoid wasting time and energy in the wrong things. You must say no to the good in order to say yes to God’s best for your life—His Kingdom purposes for you.
▶️ For example, say you want a relatively successful career with a comfortable paycheck, but don’t need much beyond that to be happy. Your primary goal is to provide for your family and then spend as much time with them as possible. If you are offered extra hours for more compensation, but it comes at the expense of time with your family, the outcome might not be worth it to work extra hours. You value the time more than you do the money.
▶️ Conversely, if you enjoy the challenge of extra work and are motivated to earn an extra large paycheck because you want to meet a goal of giving it away, then the outcome of working hard is likely worth it.
▶️ In this scenario, if you aren’t thinking with your value system in mind, you might make a decision by default, rather than by design. You might still come to the pressure to do what’s expected of you, rather than what really aligns with who you are.
▶️ The same process applies to goals of any kind whether they have to do with personal, financial, relational, spiritual, health, etc.