Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013

This past week, I have been studying and reflecting about goal setting. There are three basic parts we use in the mission to accomplish certain things. We call this Vision, Goal, Plan. First, we set a vision of what we want to accomplish. This is a broad, overall statement of success, such as "Make it to Heaven." In an everyday sense, an example is "Graduate from BYU." The Goal is a specific, measurable statement that you can achieve with effort, and can be one of many goals set to accomplish your vision, such as "Complete 4 semesters", "Achieve an "A" in 3 classes each semester", etc... The plan is a very specific, detailed course that you will take to achieve the goal: "Study for 2 hours each day, in each class." 

The Scriptures give us wonderful examples of setting a vision, goal and plan. In Alma 48, we see first an example of evil, Amalickiah, who sets a vision to rule over all the land, a goal of conquering all of the Nephites, and a plan of setting certain captains to attack weak points in the Nephites armies. Moroni, a couple verses later, explains his vision, which is to have his people follow God, and have faith in him. We might expound this vision to receiving salvation. His goal is to save the people's liberty, lives, wives and children, and his plan, in this circumstance of war, was to strengthen his weakest points and build up fortifications. We also see examples of Vision, Goal, Plan from Nephi in 1 Nephi chapters 3-4. 

From these three men, I was extracting some key points for achieving our visions and goals.

1. They were all ambitious. All three of these leaders did everything in their power to achieve their goal, and never expressed any doubt that they would not reach their vision or goals (see 1 Nephi 3-4 for many examples).

2. Specifics. They all had very specific plans that they could execute in the moment, there was no waiting around to do something later; they set a course of action, and acted.

3. Righteousness. Out of the three, the only two who reached their goals and became closer to reaching their visions were Nephi and Moroni, who established their goals with the firm mindset to build the kingdom of God, and not their own. Amalickiah directly planned to exalt himself above others. 

If we want success in this life, we must master setting vision, goals and plans, and then follow through with those plans. This is part of what makes God, God. He established a plan, and he is following through with it, and will continue until every jot and title has been fulfilled. 

Pres. & Sis. Metcalf - Kearns
Got to eat dinner with our stake president, he's an incredible man!

This week I went down on an exchange with the Assistants to the President to their area in Draper. The work there is based solely upon members. They cannot progress anywhere until members invite, due to the fact that no one would be out on the streets, where as Kearns has an abundance of people outside, ready to be talked to. MEMBERS ARE VITAL IN MISSIONARY WORK! 

This work is great! If you lack the spirit in your life, get out there on the front lines with the missionaries and share your testimony! That which one keeps, he loses, and that which one freely shares, he shall keep. 

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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