What are your goals? Goals are good things. They point us to a positive future. And as long as your goals are consistent with God's goals for your life, they're worth working toward.
But note a key phrase — working toward.
Achieving goals requires work. That's why most people never achieve many of their goals. The effort is not added to the desires.
The human tendency is to always look for the path of least resistance. We want to find the quick and easy way to success. We want to get “there” without doing the work that needs to be done “here and now.”
Effort is something God established as an important life ingredient from the beginning of time. Even before the fall of Adam and Eve, effort was required of them. They were assigned the task of keeping up the Garden of Eden, which involved work — effort. It was a part of God's plan for them. They needed to do something productive. They needed to be a part of the process.
There's something about exerting effort that's good for us. Working hard in your assignments and toward your goals is a positive thing.
Look at the apostle Peter said about this:
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith …” — 2 Peter 1:5 (NIV)
No growth, no addition, no progess is made without you making a contribution to the process. Accomplishing anything great in life requires effort. Don't be afraid of hard work!