Welcome to the 50th Episode of Productive Pastor! I am going to help you learn how to discern big goals in this episode…but until then, there is even more awesome stuff I want to share with you.

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How To Discern Big Goals

I hear from folks constantly needing help about goals. Some people need helping creating systems and checklists and others have a tough time actually filtering what is worth being a goal. Let me take you through three movements of  how to discern big goals.

  1. Questions.
    Think about these things. Here are the first questions I use…and I’m sure you can come up with more.
  • What would radically change things?
  • What holes exist currently?
  • What problems repeatedly arise (handle this proactively)
  • What would give us a new “normal”?

2. Dreams
Take the time to think about what could be. Think about what a new future reality could look like.

  •  What would the environment of completing this goal look like?
  • What would be different?
  • How would it be different?

This is the space where you think about what manipulating and changing parameters could do.

3. Implementation
Now begin putting these things together. I’m a big fan of sitting down and taking a massive amount of notes. Don’t        worry about building it into systems and pathways yet.

  • Step your goal back.
  • Begin creating steps
  • Find mini-goals
  • Discern if your main goal is way too big. How can you transform this into a reachable win?
  • What are the bottlenecks in your way? How can you fix them?
  • What do you need to do to cause the dreams to happen?

Mentioned and Recommended Episodes

Lists and Bottlenecks

Digging yourself out of a hole

Project Management 101

Rich Birch on Project Management