The Most Important Thing You Need to Achieve Your Goals (It’s not what you think)

You want to achieve your goals but something keeps getting in the way. There’s something that you need to keep in check: your attitude. It plays a bigger role in your progress than you may realize.

A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t go anywhere until you change it. — Zig Ziglar

The bible is clear about the power of your words and the importance of reigning in your thoughts. The book of James is all about taming your tongue and the book of Romans talks about the importance of renewing your mind. 

What does that look like practically speaking? And how does that affect your goals?

Your thoughts/words have power

“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Prov 23:7 NASB

Scripture is clear that words and thoughts influence your behavior.  If you think or tell yourself that you can’t do something then you won’t. It works the other way around too.

Cast a vision for where you want to go and make up your mind to get there

It’s hard to know when you will arrive at your destination if you don’t know where you’re going.  This is why having a vision is so important. Take the time to think about where you want to go, plan how you want to get there, and commit to it. Don’t let anything take you off course.

Watch your complaining/watch your words

This goes back to point number one. Be very careful about what you say out loud and to yourself on your journey.  If you start complaining it will definitely cause your attitude to take a dive. Be careful about the stories you tell yourself about yourself.

Don’t be afraid to try and fail or to go slow

There is no rush to the finish line. Remember our motto: Little by little, a little becomes a lot. Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to make slow progress. You can learn a lot from your mistakes, and God is good at helping you make up for seemingly lost time.

Be careful about the attitude you surround yourself

The attitude of others is contagious. You don’t want people around you that will speak ill over you or encourage you to give up. You want people around you that will be in your corner to encourage you to keep going when you want to quit and to give you a [loving] kick in the pants when you need it.


We are instructed to give thanks in everything we do. As you are working towards your goal take moments to show gratitude. For your progress, your mistakes, and everything in between. The more time you spend in gratitude the less time you’ll find for complaining. 

Remember, when it comes to your goals your attitude determines your actions and helps with motivation, progress, and accountability. 

Recommended Resource

Grace Goals: a Biblical Goal-Setting System

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