Photographer Thom Hogan shares his insights on setting goals and meeting them. Something that is often overlooked is the accountability part of goal setting:

Be communicated. Not communicating a goal to at least one other person is like making a prediction on the future but not telling anyone. It doesn’t count when your prediction comes true, because no one knew you predicted it. Likewise, goals tend to be the same. The coward’s way out is to not communicate your goals to anyone else. This gives you wiggle room to save face if you don’t meet them. But you’re making a classic mistake if you do this: you’re making the assumption that notmeeting a goal is somehow a badge of shame. No, it just means you didn’t meet the goal. Either you keep trying to meet that goal, or you set a slightly less ambitious goal next time. The fate of the world doesn’t rest on whether you meet your photographic goal, so there’s no shame in not meeting it. Indeed, there’s a lot to be learned by not meeting it. You may have thought you could progress faster than you can, now you have a better sense of the rate at which you can. You may have underestimated the task, next time you won’t.

When goals are shared, it creates a support that otherwise wouldn’t exist. We are created to help one another and communicating our desires is a major component of this.  Not only will it lead to accountability, but it will also provide resources that otherwise wouldn’t have been offered. When you say you want to run a marathon and share that will your friends and family, you just might find two other people are doing the same thing. Through that communicating, you now have a three person training team, such a better way to go about the process

That’s the way things are meant to be. It isn’t an individual walk through life, but a group effort. Share your goals. Share your purpose. Not only will it provide accountability, but it will provide you with resources that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. That is God’s intention for us as relational creatures – we’re not meant to keep these aspirations to ourselves. We are meant to live and work in community with others.