Statistics recorded by smallbiztrends an online magazine that features, entrepreneurs, business owners, influencers and experts show that out of all the businesses started in 2014, 80 percent of startups made it to the second year, 2015.
About 70 percent of the startups progressed to the third year- 2016, 62 percent to the fourth year of 2017, and only 56 percent made it to the fifth year - 2018. According to these statistics 44% of business startups failed in their first five years.
What did 56% of businesses do differently in their five years of operation from the 44% that failed? The answer will surprise you, - it’s in goal setting. Businesses that flourished in the first five years of operation had clear well defined goals.
To understand goals, let’s imagine you are driving from your home to a destination that is 5 states away. You wouldn’t dare drive on the intestate without a map, would you?
That’s where GPS, an amazing invention becomes a life saver. The GPS does not just map out the way, it informs you of the best route to take, the routes to avoid and the quickest way to get to your destination. Goals are your business's GPS.
God in the book of Habakkuk 2:2 directs, “Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.”
Writing down well defined long term and short term goals is what separates businesses that succeed and those that fail.
“All successful people have a goal
No one can get anywhere unless he
knows where he wants to go and
what he wants to be or do.”— Norman Vincent Peale, Minister and Author
In this article we will find out why Christians should set Christ centered goals for their businesses.
What are Christ Centered business goals?
Before understanding Christ Centered goals, let's first clarify what business goals are. Goals are business statements. They are general statements of intent, meant to direct the business’s activities to a desired destination. Every part of a business requires goal setting, finance, marketing, business growth, and staff management.
Corporate goals have to be SMART. They have to be, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and have to be achieved within a set Time frame. Napoleon Hill author of Think and Grow Rich simplified the definition of goals, he said, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
Goals are met when you act. Don Lancaster advised; “Most 'impossible' goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite-size chunks, writing them down, believing them, and then going full speed ahead as if they were routine."
Christ centered goals are birthed in prayer, when you seek God’s direction in your business God takes control. “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 God will direct your goal setting process.
Christ centered goals are plans drawn as directional maps that must be diligently pursued. They give direction to your business decisions. “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5.
They must be aligned to God’s will. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord ’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
When you are in Christ Jesus and are filled with the Holy Spirit, he makes known God’s mysteries goal setting for your business becomes a simple affair. “The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, Ephesians 1:17.
Should you set goals as a Christian Business?
As a Christian you may be tempted to rubbish goal setting as unspiritual, You may reason that the Bible says we should walk by faith and not by sight. Granted the Bible says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6.
Jesus said this about planning, counting costs, and goal setting. “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — 'lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?” Luke 14:28-30
18th Century American Revivalist preacher, Philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian Jonathan Edwards wrote, “A true and faithful Christian does not make holy living an accidental thing. It is his great concern. As the business of the soldier is to fight so the business of the Christian is to be like Christ.”
When you approach business goal setting with the mind of Christ you remove yourself from the equation, it’s not about what you want to achieve but what Christ will achieve through you. You give preeminence to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8,10
How do you set attainable Christ Centered goals?
Attainable goals have to be realistic, realistic goals should make sense, here lies a quandary. As Christians we move by “faith not by sight,” and “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Why should we then limit our vision to what we can “see”? Why should we tie our achievements to a set of goals?
God’s Spirit helps us to know God’s mind. However, while we live in mortal bodies we know him in part, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. '1 Corinthians 13:12
Our flesh acts contrary to God’s Spirit, “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” Galatians 5:17. Our senses seek to make sense of what goes on around us.
Setting Christ centered goals gives direction to our senses. When we pray and surrender our daily activities to the Holy Spirit, then we move in faith and not by sight, as we follow through our written goals. God’s spirit helps us to change and redefine the goals according to His leading.
Christ centered goals should encompass every aspect of your business, they should act like road reflectors helping you stay in the lane. However, they shouldn’t be barricades that constrain God’s leading for your business.
Let’s Conclude this article with a quote from Colonel Sanders founder of KFC, “I pray to the Almighty to encourage you to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ. Whatever difficulties you may have to face, turn to him, recognize him and render him all your glory, and he will help you overcome.”