Three reasons why Christians do not set goals

To live a goalless life is to roam aimlessly in the earth. As important and biblical as goal setting is, still millions of people and believers have not realized the virtues and values of it and consequently never   apply themselves to this powerful secret to success.  I am going to list ten reasons why people do not set goals.

1. Because goal setting is deemed as unspiritual

Many Christians do  not set goals because somehow they deem that goal setting as 'unspiritual.' Especially in the Charismatic and Pentecostal circles, we feel that it is irrelevant to our lives. Our escape out of setting goals is saying, 'I am led by the Spirit' or 'I am waiting on God', While I totally believe in the leading of the Spirit, however most believers have cognitive dissonance when it comes to goal setting. What is cognitive dissonance? It is the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes. as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. It is a mental clash of old program with a new software. In other words, the car is still in reverse and yet you want to go forward. It will never happen. For whatever reason and a complete lack of teaching, the church has earmarked goal setting as the work of the flesh and worldly. It is viewed as relying upon the flesh rather than God. Yet the Apostle Paul who taught us about the leading of the Spirit was a goal oriented person. 
Paul planted many churches, wrote two thirds of the New Testament, went on three missionary journeys covering thousands of miles without modern transportation and led thousands to Jesus. How did he and other biblical characters accomplished so much in their lives and walk with God? They set goals. Goal setting is very spiritual. Paul said to the Philippian saints, 'I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ.'(Philippians 3:14) In fact I like how many of the modern translations render this verse,

“I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” Holman Christian Standard Bible

“I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God's heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus.” International Standard Version

“With this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” New English Translation 

“And I run toward the goal to take the victory of the calling of God from on high in Yeshua The Messiah.” Aramaic Bible in Plain English

“I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God's heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.” GOD'S WORD® Translation

While the King James employs the usage of  'mark', the newer translations employ the word 'goal'.  The Greek word for 'mark' is the word 'skopos'  where we derive our English word 'scope'  The Strong's Concordance pictures a sentry stationed to keep guard of a place looking through a scope intently at a target in the distance.   The problem for many believers is that they think there is a discrepancy between goal setting and the will of God. It is viewed as somehow negating or aborting the will of God. In contrast the Bible shows us that it will take goal setting to fulfill the will of God.
Nehemiah, knowing the will of God, had a specific goal and a specific time frame to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. He did it in 52 days. The will of God was revealed to David that the temple of God needed to be built. However it would be Solomon whom God said would build the temple as David had blood on his hands. With a clear cut goal, it took Solomon seven years to finish the temple of God. Goal setting causes you to be a planner and focused. God himself is a planner and goal oriented. See what Paul says to the Ephesians, 'He (God) planned to bring all of history to its goal in Christ. Then Christ would be the head of everything in heaven and on earth.' (GOD'S WORD® Translation) Therefore I need you to understand that there is unity between the will of God, spirituality and goal setting. Let us allow Paul to have the final word on this matter,

1 Corinthians 9:26; “I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air."  New Century Version

2. Because of their upbringing

Many people grew up in a household where goal setting was not a priority. They grew up with goal deficient parents. For some parents sending their children to school was not for the betterment of the child but rather  to get them out of the house and out of their hair for seven hours. Many children grew up with parents that were not driven for success but lived mediocre life. Many grew up with parents that never read books, but watched television all day long. Achievment and the art of goal setting were no  where near their vicinity. Therefore if a child grows up in that environment, it is only logical that goal setting is not a must in his life. Fortunately, I grew up in a home where my parents were driven to succeed in life irrespective of their education levels. I was also blessed to go to a Christian school that taught us to set goals for the day's work and study.

3.Because they don't know how to set goals. 

In a way this is somewhat of a plausible excuse for many. How can you do something if you do not know how to do it?  Many did not go to schools where goal setting was a subject taught in class. You can go through your primary, secondary, high school and college without ever being taught about how to have and set goals. Yet if you were to ask any great achiever in life  what their main key to success was, you will hear 'setting goals'.  Ignorance of goal setting has caused some people to set too big of a goal and later became discouraged. (G.A)