In Habakkuk 2:2 the Lord tells the prophet, "Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, the he may run that readeth it." This scripture reveals the key to successful goal setting.
The vision must be written. When you keep a vision in your mind, it is not really a goal; it is nothing more than a dream. There is power in putting that dream on paper. When you commit something to writing, commitment to achievement naturally follows.
God wrote His vision for us in the form of the Bible. He does not rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us; He put His directions in writing. We are told to make the Word of the Lord plain upon "tables" (tablets) so that the vision is clear and "so that he may run that readeth it."
The key word is "run". God desires that we run with the vision in our lives. As long as we are running with the vision, we will not turn around. When you walk with a vision, it's easy to change directions and go the wrong way. You cannot stroll a goal.
In Proverbs 24:3-4 (TLB) we read: "Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts." Simply stated; effective goal setting provides an opportunity to bring the future to the present so that you can deal with it today. You will find that achievement is easy when your outer goals become inner commitment.
Even though we have the Holy Spirit, we still need to prepare; He just makes us better equipped to do so. God does not desire for us to disorderly or to waste funds. That's why proper planning is so important. Plan for potential. Believe for God's biggest dream. When you plan, look to the future - not to the past. You cannot drive forward effectively when you are looking out the rear window.
Always involve yourself with something that's bigger than you are because that's where God is. In the beginning every great success seems impossible. We all have opportunity for success. Having a bad life requires as much energy as having a good life, yet most people live meaningless lives because they never decide to write their vision down and then follow through. If you cannot see the mark, you cannot press toward it.
"Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established." (Proverbs 4:26). You will find that what you learn on the path to your goals is actually more valuable than achieving the goal itself. Columbus discovered America while searching for a route to India. Be on the lookout for the "Americas" in your path. Put God's vision for your life on paper and begin to run with His plan.