55 Powerful Spiritual Goals Ideas for 2022 (plus spiritual goals worksheet)

What is the goal of spirituality? Your spiritual life is so much more than the religious practices you observe. If you’re feeling a little lost about what you should be doing with yourself, this is where spiritual goals come in. The spiritual goals you set are intended to be a compass for the you to live a balanced, purposeful life. If you’re not on that path yet, there is no time like the present. The best place to start is with self-reflection and setting spiritual goals.

What are spiritual goals?

Spiritual goals do far more than help you to grow closer to God. If that were the case, that’s all the Bible would teach on. But in it are principles for us to live by. Spiritual goals allow you to use what God says to influence every aspect of your life. 

Here is the thing. The ultimate goal of biblical spirituality is to allow the inner transformation that God is undertaking in your life to flow into all aspects of your living. In other words, spiritual goals help you to bear fruit.

They allow you to live out your faith in practical ways as you contribute to the lives of others. These goals also help you to stay in alignment with your core spiritual beliefs in all aspects of your life. The meaning of your life and the purpose of your existence is actualized through Bible-based spiritual goals.

Biblical examples of goal-setting

In case you think that goal-setting is some New Age, post-modern idea, here are some characters from the Good Book who set goals:

Jesus – When he was about to start his ministry, Jesus was particular about how he was going to do it. The first thing he did was to call 12 men who would help him. This is a signal of his planning and organizing. At the end of each day or at the beginning of each day, He always seemed like he knew exactly what he was going to do or where he was going to go. He had three years to make an impact. There was no time to waste.

Noah and the Ark – God gave specific instructions to build the massive structure that was the Ark. To create a vessel that could withstand 40 days of rainfall plus accommodate hundreds of stinky animals was no ordinary feat. It took him 120 years to build it. That takes setting short-term and long-term goals.

Jacob – After his father-in-law ripped him off, he decided to go back home. He couldn’t branch off on his own without resources. That meant he needed to beef up his livestock. He set a goal and planned strategically so that he would have more than enough to take care of his family.

Joseph – He was elevated from prison to palace because he used his gifts wisely. He came up with a plan that could save Egypt and the rest of the world from famine. For years he set goals and worked towards them so that there would be more than enough storehouses and grain for food.

Joshua – Leading the children of Israel to the promised land was not easy. There were many battles to fight. He needed to set goals about which territories he was going to conquer and strategize how they were going to do it.

Solomon – He was both the wisest and the richest man who ever lived. He was an excellent entrepreneur who planned out his goals for expanding his empire. He also built a massively extraordinary temple that was the envy of nations around. That took setting goals and executing plans.

Spiritual Goals Examples

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? (Luke 14:28)

Jesus endorsed goal-setting and planning. Any undertaking in life needs to be properly thought out. Here are some spiritual goal ideas to help you plan for growth in your life.

Spiritual career goals

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)

We spend most of our waking hours engaged in work related to our jobs and careers. It makes sense to ensure your spiritual growth is getting some attention while at it. Here are a few professional spiritual goals to consider.

  1. Change your career – Get into a career that aligns with your calling. If you know you have been called to help people with their finances, you should probably not just be a bank teller. Take steps to change that. Whether you need to get more training or start a business, get moving in that direction. You might need to get a whole new degree to answer God’s call. That’s fine. He’ll provide the means. The point is that you need to start living your purpose.

  2. Grow your knowledge base through training – You have a spiritual responsibility to grow in your career. This is what the parable of the talents is really about. If God blesses you with something, He expects you to grow it. Schedule conferences, write a list of books to read, attend webinars. Consider earning a higher degree as well.

  3. Join a faith-based network in your field – Whatever you do for a living, there is usually a community of faith dedicated to supporting you. If you can’t find one, start one. Facebook groups are great for this.

  4. Include God in your business – Now more than ever we need people who will be bold in offering service that is driven by biblical principles. There are many who are teaching how to do that. Find a community who will help you.

  5. Teach others how to include God in their business – If you have already figured it out, show someone how to do it.

  6. Start a faith-based business – The truth is that while the Bible teaches us how to live faithful lives, it’s not easy to figure it out. You can help others by being their support while they grow in faith. Your audience can be people of a particular career or stage of life. 

  7. Mentor someone at work – You can spread the sweet influence of Jesus’s gentle spirit by being professional support for an early career professional. Discipleship is more than just calling others to Jesus directly but it includes the indirect as well.

  8. Pray with and for your coworkers – Offer it. Ask the Holy Spirit to nudge you at the appropriate time to do it though. Whether or not they are aware, include them in your daily prayers.

  9. Have prayer time during your break at work – Work days can be so full and busy we can easily forget to connect with God during the day. This year, plan for it. Set a reminder if you must.

  10. Build relationships with your co-workers – If you have had terrible experiences in the workplace it can be easier to just keep to yourself. Don’t. That doesn’t honor God. Seek out some good relationships and show the love of Jesus as you support, encourage, and inspire those you work with.

  11. Volunteer your skillset in your community – Your skills aren’t only useful at work. Some community organization could benefit. If you are a nurse, give health talks at the local community center. Show young girls basic hygiene tips. The possibilities are endless. New doors could open for you.

  12. Mentor a young person at a school or at your church – It is very normal for some youth to be lost when it comes to choosing a career. If you see one with promising skills that could help them to get into your field, mentor them.

  13. Step up to a leadership role – If you have been offered a position to be a member on a team or even lead a team, don’t shy away or back down. Take it. Use your God-given gift of influence to change systems in your organization.

  14. Improve your communication skills – Soft skills are really short in the workplace nowadays. Communication is even more powerful than competence. Sharpening your communication skills can help you to sell yourself well, build fruitful professional relationships, advocate for those who can’t, lead effectively, and a ton more.

  15. Increase your job satisfaction – Not all workplaces are created equal. Sometimes it’s hard to be happy at work and to be satisfied professionally. If you can’t change careers or jobs right now, create a goal to find joy in your job or at your place of work.

  16. Develop a spirit of excellence – The prophet Daniel was a believer in the land of the heathen. He occupied a very lofty position in government and he was known for good, ethical, excellent work. That was his brand. If you have not been standing out for this, work on it.

  17. Become a thought leader – TED talks are powerful because individuals with original ideas build careers around influencing the lives of others in unique and specific ways. Develop an idea that you can use to move the needle on a career-related issue. And yes, get yourself featured on a TEDTalk.

Spiritual financial goals

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds. (Proverbs 27:23)

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce. (Proverbs 3:9)

It’s funny how we avoid conversations about money yet it is the source of 70% of stress in many lives. It is also the reason behind many couples getting divorced.

The state of your finances affects both the quality of your life and your relationship with God as well.

Consider the following money-related goals.

  1. Explore your relationship with money – You have convictions about money that you are not conscious of. There is a story that you tell yourself about money, a story that was developed by how you were raised. This story is controlling the way you think about money and how you handle your finances. Take some time to explore that this year. Start by writing your money autobiography. Books like Business Secrets from the Bible or Rich Dad, Poor Dad are good for helping you with your money mindset.

  2. Learn about money – Surgeons have to be trained extensively to perform procedures. It’s the difference between life and death. Your money is just as important. Money is a tool. Learn how to use it. Spend time increasing your knowledge about money management. It’s the difference between peace of mind or misery. Take short courses and read books. You can start with Dave Ramsey or Tiffany Aliche or Clever Girl Finances. All great resources.

  3. Develop money habits – Change happens when behaviors change. All the knowledge in the world comes to nothing if you never implement. This year, practice what you know and learn. Start habits like tracking spending, sticking to your budget, paying your bills on time, living within your means, paying yourself first.

  4. Get out of debt – Scripture says the borrower is a slave to the lender. Think about how you feel when your debt crosses your mind. You might not be able to get rid of it all in one year, but this is the year for you to set up a direct plan for paying off your debt. 

  5. Increase your income – Wealth and riches have a bad rap in many religious circles. Be clear. It’s the detrimental love of money that Scripture warns against. If you want to get out of debt, one source of income will not do. Set a goal to increase your income. Explore some side hustle ideas. They can earn you more than your actual day job.

  6. Build an emergency fund – Do you have enough money to pay your bills for at least 3 months if you lost your job tomorrow? If your answer is no, fix that this year.

  7. Save money – Yes, it is possible to save no matter how little you make. This habit can boost your financial confidence and decrease your anxiety about unforeseen expenses.

  8. Invest – God expects you to use every opportunity to grow the money you have been blessed with. That’s just stewardship 101. Check out the parable of the talents. Take on the challenge of learning about investment options and try one.

  9. Build your assets – One way of increasing income without exchanging time for money is through assets. If you’re still paying on your home and you live in it, it’s not an asset. Neither is your car. An asset is anything that puts money into your pocket, not takes it out. Real estate, stocks and bonds etc can be intimidating. Start small and take your time. Starting a blog or running a website or opening an online store with digital products are all examples of assets because they can provide passive income. You will need to put the work in to start but maintenance takes a little less over time.

  10. Give – If you aren’t aligned with a religious organization that endorses tithing, that’s fine. Seek out other opportunities to give. Giving is an act of worship and a deeply spiritual experience. Somehow, giving multiplies your resources and ensures you always have what you need.

  11. Teach someone about money – You may not be an expert but you likely know more than someone else you know. Help them to improve their finances this year.

  12. Plan for the future – Becoming a financial burden to others as you age does not bring God glory. Don’t just leave your life up to “God will provide”. Capitalize on your years of youth and ensure you set yourself up for financial security in the future. Create a goal this year that is just for that.

Spiritual growth goals

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation. (1 Peter 2:2)

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)

Spiritual growth is multidimensional. Not everyone’s desire to grow spiritually is driven by faith. That’s why choosing faith goals is different from spiritual goals.

Atheists can have spiritual goals but they are probably not going to have faith goals. They would set non-religious spiritual goals. But in my world, the work of growing spiritually is built on my religion, my faith.

  1. Explore spiritual growth topics – Nowadays, how-to books, blog post, videos, and sermons are very popular. If you do not know exactly where to start with growing your faith, tap into some of the great resources available online. 

  2. Get to know God – This year spend more time reading your Bible. Study it deeply. Memorize Scripture. Get to really know the being on whom your faith is built. 

  3. Implement routines, rituals and habits – Who we are spiritually is influenced by the things we do on a daily basis to support our spiritual growth. Ensure you are setting up rituals and routines to accomplish that. Going to church, having specific time for prayer, spending time with spiritual friends, giving thanks before you eat, reading your Bible at a certain time of day etc. Start with one simple habit.

  4. Engage in acts of service – A truly spiritual life is lived for others. That was the entire goal of Jesus’s ministry. Outside of your job, how can you serve others this year? 

  5. Set gratitude goals – Nothing increases the burden of giving thanks like counting your blessings everyday. Make a goal of doing a gratitude exercise daily. It could start or end your day. Either way you will reap the benefits of a more positive disposition and overall spiritual growth 

  6. Cultivate the fruits of the spirit – People can sense your spiritual energy. They are either drawn to you or just don’t want to be around you. Take some time this year to become more like Jesus by studying and practicing the fruits of the Spirit.

  7. Start journaling – Reflection is an excellent way to process how well your behaviors and choices align with your beliefs. Journaling is a good way of facilitating this type of reflection. If you’ve not done it before, start with some journaling prompts.

  8. Pursue solitude and contentment – Globally there is a pervasive atmosphere of hurried, deeply dissatisfied living. It is leading to restlessness and ingratitude and a host of mental health problems. This year, go on a journey with God so you can increase your inner peace. Spend time in quiet meditation on the Scriptures. Reduce social media intake. Declutter your life. Laugh more. Be intentional about what you watch, listen to, read, and talk about.

  9. Encourage others – There is always someone who could do with a word of hope. By encouraging them, you encourage yourself too. You don’t even have to speak to them. You can leave little notes in places where they can see. Or print off free encouraging wall art for them to display in their spaces.

  10. Watch or listen to more faith-based content – There are many ways to saturate your life with the Word. Bible study is just one. Faith-based movies, books, podcasts, sermons all accomplish that goal. This year be intentional about engaging these materials.

  11. Pray for a daily divine appointment – reaching others does not have to been going off across the lands to be a missionary. It can happen everyday, if you ask God for such an opportunity.

  12. Set a prayer goal – In order to pray without ceasing, you might want to set a goal. You can use prayer prompts, start a prayer journal, be deliberate about praying Scripture, set cues at certain times of day to remind you to pray.

Spiritual health and wellness goals

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

If you’re unwell. If your mind is confused. If you’re constantly in pain, there will be limitations on how much you can do to fulfill your purpose. 

You might not be able to hear God clearly. You might be taken up praying more about health concerns than about other aspects of your life.

Your spirit will be burdened.

That’s why God calls us to balanced living. Consider the following goals this year to improve your fitness and well-being.

  1. Get your BMI within reason – I deliberately did say “lose weight”. Not all weight loss goals are reasonable depending on your age and season of life and genes. Consider all these variables as you think about your weight. Don’t get caught up with the numbers. Be reasonable. In fact, you might need to just work on building muscle strength or longevity rather than lose weight. Set the goal in a way that makes sense.

  2. Drink more water – I’m so guilty of not drinking enough. It’s bad for blood flow and kidney function. Set a goal to increase your intake of crystal punch. It will flush your body and clear your mind so you can hear God’s voice. Plus, you will glow.

  3. Eat more raw foods – Overprocessed foods are more popular but not necessarily better. Your fruits and veges are more likely to help improve your overall body functioning. You will have lots of energy to live out your faith through service and work.

  4. Get your body moving – Our lives are more sedentary than ever. Just 15 minutes a day of walking on the spot can help to improve your heart rate and blood circulation. Your sleep will be better. You will be surprised at how all these tiny changes can boost your spiritual growth.

  5. Get therapy – Mental wellness is as important as physical wellness. They walk hand in hand. You might need more help if you’re struggling with the effects of early life trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, building healthy relationships, mood swings or anything that’s preventing you from living in freedom. It’s very hard to achieve spiritual goals if your mind is bogged down by unresolved issues.

  6. Get some sleep – There is a sleep epidemic. Resolve this year not to be in that statistic. Take steps towards improving your sleep hygiene.

  7. Live a balanced life – Balanced living has to do with giving the right amount of time to the various aspects of your life so that no part suffers. Take some time to reflect on your life. Start with a goal that will help to improve the way you spread yourself.

Spiritual relationship goals

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

We are all but lost without at least one other person in the world to relate to. We all want to belong. Feeling safe is a basic human need. Thriving relationships are that place of belong and safety. 

When it comes to professional growth, networking is extremely important. Bottom line: you need to work on your relationships because they increase your social capital.

  1. Work on issues from your family of origins – The state of the relationship between you and the people you grew up with has everything to do with how you see God and other people. We all have some kind of issue with family. You might have a bundle that will take a lifetime to unpack. Pick one tiny goal for this year. It could be to have visit for a few minutes, call to say hello, send a text once per month. Get some help and support with this. You will need it.

  2. Heal from broken relationships – This does not only mean family. It also relates to relationships of a romantic, professional, church, platonic, business nature. For you to move forward and grow in each related area, you need to make peace with those who hurt you. Get therapy. Do forgiveness exercises. Write open, honest letters to them. Choose one to let go of this year.

  3. Set goals as a couple – If you are dating seriously or married, create a couple’s or family vision board. When you dream together, you work together and achieve together. You will fail and win together. You will grow together. As a couple your intimacy will deepen.

  4. Attend relationship seminars – In professional circles, learning is an important aspect of maintaining growth. The same applies to romantic relationships. Make a goal of undertaking one learning experience this year that is related to growing your relationship.

  5. Become more open about faith experiences – Sharing what’s happening in your faith life can be a truly intimate way of bonding. Create opportunities in your relationship to talk about how you’re struggling or growing in your relationship with God. Read your Bible together. Watch Bible-based movies together. Use a couple’s devotional. All these can create the atmosphere for conversation about personal faith.

Tips for Setting spiritual goals 

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish”. (Luke 14:28-30)

Whether your spiritual goals are long-term or short-term, set yourself up for success. For spiritual life goals to stand a chance, it’s a good idea to set goals that are SMART.

Specific- Describe in detail exactly what you want. Write the what, why, who, where of your goal. Leave no detail out. Don’t forget to list the resources you will need.

Measurable- You need to be able to track your progress. What will indicate to you that you have reached your goals. It’s important so you can stay motivated. Habit trackers are very useful for this. 

Attainable – Your goals should be realistic and reasonable. Not so far out of your reach to discourage but just enough to stretch you. Without the stretch, there is no growth. Think about whether you have the time, money, resources, level of knowledge, emotional capital etc that you will need.

Relevant – Your goal should be important to you and should align with your overall purpose of spiritual growth. Whatever you choose to work on should be worth your time. Don’t waste your time on a goal that’s not good for this season of your life. 

Time-bound – It is said that the amount of time you give yourself to do something is the amount of time it will take. So, when will you accomplish your goal? Your goals need to have a deadline. This helps to keep you on track. You can set up short-term goals. Assign tasks to be completed daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, half-year.

Other tips:

  • Create goals from reflections on your past. You could do assessments to help you with deciding which area to tackle first.

  • It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the number of things to improve in your life. Work on one area at a time. As soon as you have gained some ground on one goal, start working on another.

  • Pray and ask God for guidance with your goals. You will need the help of others as well as resources. Ask Him to guide you to the right people and things.

  • Review your goals throughout the year and revise them if necessary.

Spiritual goals worksheet

Putting pen to paper is the best way to get started with goal-setting. Use this worksheet to help you. It has focus questions to ensure that your personal spiritual goals are SMART. 

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