Utilizing the Goal Setting Theory

by Matthew T. Fretwell

Directions: Read the Summation and Task below and then in your own words, answer each question in 100 words or less. (Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goal-setting_theory)

Summation and Task:

The Book of Psalms lists many goals which have aspired and inspired many Christians. They are filled with countless principles of keeping our eyes focused on the Lord. For example, the Psalm 1:1-2 states:

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

Although these principles look to be results, the statements are great goals, which Christians should follow. Notice the Psalmist’s organization: first walking, then to standing, then in sitting, this correlates with the wicked, sinners, and scoffers. The result of the goals that are set (i.e. not walking, standing, or sitting with people opposed to God’s commands), lead to more narrowed desirable goals (living in delight and meditating on those things which are godly and edifying). With this understanding, answer the following:

1. Choose from among any of the Psalms, one set of goals which may are important for a leader to possess (be specific).

2. What sort of goals does/should every Christian have, if they aspire to be a leader?

3. As a leader, how do we assist others in achieving their specific goals (hint: think feedback)?