Setting Your Spiritual Goals for 2020
It’s that time of the year again. A new year has started but still, it feels like we haven’t achieved anything last year. And yet we somehow have to write down a new set of goals for this year.
If you’re feeling lost on what spiritual goals you should set for 2020, here are some tips for you.
What Are Spiritual Goals?
Each of us has different types of goals for the new year. Some want good health while others may want professional advancement. But whatever it is, there’s only one purpose: to achieve something.
This is primarily the reason why we have goals: to realize an outcome we yearn for. And one thing that most humans almost always yearn for is spiritual enlightenment.
Simply put, spiritual goals are the objectives we set for ourselves to get closer to God.
Why do we need spiritual goals?
We may have different religious beliefs but if there’s one thing that binds us all, it’s the thirst for spiritual nourishment.
While most of us go to church, recite prayers and take part in various spiritual rites, most of the time this isn’t enough to fill that void inside us. That void that causes us to crave for a deeper connection with ourselves and our creator.
This is what spiritual goals are for. It helps us grow and mature spiritually and build a better relationship with God and our fellows.
How To Set Spiritual Goals for 2020
Before you go about writing down what you want to achieve spiritually for this year, here are a few reminders to keep in mind:
Ask for Guidance
Setting your goals for a whole year can be confusing. Sometimes, there’s just so much you want to do that you don’t know where to start.
If you’re stuck in a rut, don’t be afraid to ask for His guidance. Pray that you’ll be enlightened as to his plans for you. All of us are here for a purpose, including you. Lift up all your doubts and aspirations and pray that He’ll lead you to the path that He has prepared for you.
Evaluate Your Year
There’s a famous saying that goes: you cannot change the past but you can learn from it. Indeed, the greatest lessons we can ever learn are from our experiences.
Think about your goals last year. Which of them have you achieved? Which of them proved too much? Where do you think you went wrong? Asking yourself these questions can help you formulate a better plan for the year ahead.
Envision Your Goals
Picture yourself a year from now. What’s your spiritual life like?
Creating a vision of your goals will help you break it down into smaller actionable plans. Imagine the things you want to achieve. If it helps, list it all down in paper. Then create a graph or a diagram – whatever it is that can help you envision your spiritual objectives.
Keep It Real
Having goals is good. But having too many goals can be exhausting. In life and in goal-setting, one thing is consistently true: never bite off more than you can chew. Instead of achieving your objectives, you might end up too stressed and frustrated. It can lead you to lose your drive and give up even before you realize your goals.
So keep it real. Make sure that your goals are possible and attainable. Start with the basics. Avoid aiming for things that you know you can never do.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
If you fail to achieve a goal, don’t be disheartened. More importantly, don’t punish yourself for the things you weren’t able to do. (Related: The Most Valuable Lessons We Learned From Tuesday with Morrie)
Just keep on trying. God sees your struggles and pains. He will never forsake you. Pray for fortitude and the strength to keep moving forward.
Spiritual Goals Example
Here are some samples of spiritual goals you can set for 2020:
- Read the entire bible. Allocate a few minutes each day to read several verses in the bible. With 365 days in a year, reading the entire bible is certainly doable.
- Actively take part in church services. Attending it is not enough. You need to be in there physically, mentally and spiritually.
- Make daily prayer a habit. Just a simple prayer a few minutes each day will do. You can do it every morning upon waking up or before you go to bed. Over time, it will develop into a habit.
- Keep a spiritual journal. Use it to pour your thoughts and daily reflections. It makes for a motivating read whenever you feel down.
- Practice forgiveness. Forgiving someone who has wronged you will not only heal relationships. It will give you peace of mind too.
- Give back. Doing charity should not only be confined to Christmas and Thanksgiving. Giving back should be done all year round. Strive to be a blessing to others every single day. You can start by volunteering at a soup kitchen or donating your old clothes to the poor. (Related: 50 Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today)
- Converse with God daily. Find a few minutes each day to spend alone with God. Tell him about the things you’re thankful for this day as well as the things that you’re worried about. Talk to him as you would a friend.
- Read encouraging books. Aside from the bible, inspirational books are a great way to attain spiritual fulfillment.