10 Steps to Setting Goals #4 – Think in Categories

It is hard to pull life goals out of thin air. I think some of our minds go blank when we think about goals. Looking at other people’s goals helps. So does thinking in categories.

One of the things that has worked for me is breaking my goals down into categories. And I have five of them. You can have more or less. But different categories help you set different types of goals. They add variety to your list.

Here are my five categories:

1) family goals
2) travel goals
3) physical goals
4) experience goals
5) influence goals.

Did you notice that I don’t have spiritual goals?

The reason is simple. It’s because all of them are spiritual. Some goals seem more spiritual. Like do a forty-day fast or go on a mission trip to five different continents. But climbing a 14er with one of my kids is spiritual too. And so was running a triathlon last summer. I’ve found that physical discipline helps me be more disciplined spiritually. Running that triathlon wasn’t just good for me physically. It was good for me spiritually. And learning to snowboard with Parker was one of the most joyful and worshipful experiences of this past year. Singing in church is one way of worshipping God. Riding a chairlift
your son is another.

Think in categories.