A goal is the purpose toward which an endeavor is directed, an objective. Its synonym is "intention."

Goals are your intentions, formalized. Setting and reaching goals is an initiation that you face constantly, daily, although you may not recognize it as such.

Edna Lister on Goals

The fulfillment of your visions, the clear path before you, reaching your goal, all depends on the quality of your desire to sacrifice the little self to your soul's growth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 28, 1938.

I put my mind on the goal, let go of my self and let God! – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 10, 1941.

The goal of your personal work is to attain Oversoul consciousness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 4, 1945.

Continue on high, one way, toward one desire, one path, one goal. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 4, 1945.

Gird your loins, dig in and march toward your goal mentally, emotionally and on the outer. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 3, 1947.

I'll forever set a too high goal for my soul. I never want to feel I've reached a satisfactory point in my ascension, compared with where I want to go. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 11, 1955.

Reach out with your arms of Light and draw the goal to you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1957.

It's not your job to set a goal of competition for another to reach, for this only encourages him to outer enslavement to keep up. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 21, 1957.

Put aside lesser matters of the self, and focus all your powers of logic, reasoning, discernment and vision on one goal. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 11, 1962.

Little by little, you add substance to the goal. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 22, 1965.

A goal is an opening, not a door you batter down, but something you work toward and through. An "up and down" sort of person produces mediocre results or part-time miracles of perfection and malformed creations. Increase your capacity for reaching new goals by going up constantly, not intermittently. Setting a goal is fixing a place in time-space to reach without being diverted by circumstances. It is a target in life, a broadened and expanded horizon. Double your efforts toward your goals, for without that extra effort, your horizons collapse. Enlarge your horizon when you feel squeezed. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 10, 1965.

The first challenge is to have a new idea for a goal. The next challenge comes from outer criticism. To keep silence is good. Only occasionally does a new goal tear down everything about itself. A challenging goal sparks interest in itself, and even adverse interest enables you to reach a goal. Only a controversial goal idea will spur the goal's originator to greater effort to break through the veil covering the new horizon. If the challenge causes discouragement or weakness, it is well to know it at once. Never let a goal slip by untried, no matter how fantastic it may seem, for hidden within is the seed of life to bring forth a new idea. Carefully examine it without picking the seed apart before planting. Let each seed mature, and sometimes two goals will merge to become one flaming ideal goal. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 10, 1965.

When your eye is upon the goal, you cannot stumble in the darkness, for you face the Light, which makes all into "good and very good." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 20, 1966.

It takes only a few days' inattention to the goal for dry rot to start. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 2, 1967.

Your goal is to be as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Many Appearances, December 17, 1967.

Your goal is to keep your eye on the Lord until He is ready to move you to a new position that will demand your every talent. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 28, 1968.

Accept a higher place, then move toward that goal with all that is in you to move and use, and ever greater capacity shall be given to you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 26, 1968.

When you plan to attain a high goal, days pass, each with its own success, and you know the time and place will finally meet. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

Humanity awakens to inspiration of spirit, and aspires to a goal higher than self. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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New Testament on Goals

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33.

He who endures to the end will be saved. – Matthew 10:22.

Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant, just as the Christ did not come to be served, but to serve. – Matthew 20:27-28.

With God nothing will be impossible. – Luke 1:37.

Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord. – Luke 1:45.

Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many will seek to enter and will not be able. – Luke 13:24.

Your Father has been working until now, and you have been working. – John 5:17.

The Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that He Himself does; and He will show him greater works than these; that you may marvel. – John 5:20.

If you bear witness of yourself, your witness is not true . . . the works which the Father has given you to finish– the very works that you do– bear witness of you, that the Father has sent you. – John 5:31-36.

The works that you do in your Father's name, they bear witness of you. – John 10:25.

Do not say, "Father, save me from this hour." For this purpose you came to this hour. [In Gethsemane came the judgment of this world; the ruler of this world will be cast out.] – John 12:27; John 12:31.

The Father who dwells in you does the work. – John 14:10.

If a plan or work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it. – Acts 5:38-39.

All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28.

Pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. – Romans 14:19.

You may plant, another may water, but God gives the increase. – 1 Corinthians 3:6.

He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; we are God's field, we are God's building. – 1 Corinthians 3:8-9.

We can lay no other foundation than that which is laid, which is Christ. If we build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each our work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test our work, of what sort it is. If our work endures, we will receive a reward. If our work is burned, we will suffer loss, but we ourselves will be saved, yet through fire. – 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.

We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (We do not look at the visible, but at the invisible; for the visible is temporary, but the invisible is eternal.) – 2 Corinthians 4:18.

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13.

Aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12.

Let the rich do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. – 1 Timothy 6:18.

Do not strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. – 2 Timothy 2:14.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15.

Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of Christ, fulfill your ministry. – 2 Timothy 4:5.

There are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:20-21.

When we patiently endure, we obtain the promise. – Hebrews 6:15.

Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward; for you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. – Hebrews 10:35-36.

We count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end the Lord intended – that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. – James 5:11.

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Etymology ofgoal: Old English, gal, "obstacle, barrier," a word implied by gælan, "to hinder."

Goals: Setting and reaching goals is a <law of doing.

Goals: Setting and reaching goals is an initiation

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Langston Hughes


Hughes, Langston. "Dreams," The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Vintage Classics, 1995.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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