Green to Gold; Reaching Your Goals

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Robert McNerney
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, Training,

Grab a cup of coffee and a cozy chair - we’re nearly half way into the autumn term already. Before we push on any further let’s pause and reflect on how the plans we made in the summer have been doing.

Like me, you might have entered into September fired up for a brand new year, refreshed from the summer holidays and with a well mapped out plan for how this next year will play out. Now that you’re six weeks in how are you feeling? In this autumn season where the leaves are moving from green to gold, what about your goals? Setting both long term and short term goals is crucial for getting the results that we desire. Professionally and personally, having clear goals keep us purpose driven, focused, and motivated. Hopefully, this blog will be a timely suggestion to pause, reflect, and gently make any needed adjustments in the path towards reaching our goals. 

If you haven’t already created short and long term goals then this might be a helpful time to do this for yourself and for the young people you work with. “A goal without a plan is just a wish”

Two suggestions to help with this are:

  1. Mind Mapping - https://imindmap.com/how-to-mi...
  2. 1-3-5 Plans - There is an example template on the schoolwork website here (feel free to take this and make it your own to fit your context or search for another version online) 

Here are a few suggestions to realign our paths with our goals in our schools work, church work, personal lives, and for the lives of our young people. 

1. Measurement:

Assess, don’t stress - Having to make tweaks to staying on the path you’ve envisioned is just part of the game. Don’t worry if this is you, it’s most of us. Instead of stressing out, simply assess where you and your young people are at. An honest assessment will provide an excellent platform for launching. What’s been working? What needs rethinking? Once you’ve had that conversation you can reassess the plan and build back towards the goal. 

2. Momentum:

Stay Resilient - Although invisible, momentum is a powerful thing. When it is in your favour you feel unstoppable but when it is against you, it feels no matter how hard you work pushing towards a goal you haven’t gained a step. “The righteous may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the unrighteous.” Proverbs 24:16

3. Motivation: 

Turn creativity into innovation - This means implementing those brilliant ideas that you’ve sitting on. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” Innovation advocates a change in approach and processes. Why not pick just one creative idea you’ve have that is aligned with your goals and try implementing it this term?

4. Meaning:

Remember why you do what you do - Helping other people reach their goals is truly an amazing thing to do. Whether it’s our own personal growth or advocating for the growth of our young people try to keep your perspectives rooted with in the bigger picture in mind and have fun with it all. Joy is strength.


Let us know in the comments below what your goals are!

And you can download the FREE 1-3-5 resource here