I used to be a goal flunky. Once mid-January hit I was all done with goals — I was doing good to just be living day to day! But last year I was determined to move forward and work towards a few things I had been dreaming about.
Goal Setting Successes
For 2016 my word for the year was “action.” I had felt that I always had the greatest of plans but failed to implement them. So I challenged myself to not wait until I knew everything, not wait until I had everything just right– but just to start and do things! And now at the end of 2016 I have found that I’ve made good progress– and that feels good! I feel that several things made goal-setting click for me this past year:
2. PowerSheets from Lara Casey
3. Essential Oils
4. The Reset Girl
5. Having other friends work on some of the same goals w/ me.
Some goals I can actually see the progress!
What About 2017?
I have spent the last two weeks praying/thinking/reflecting/planning what I would like to accomplish in this upcoming year. For me, using PowerSheets has been a must– it helps me put what I am thinking and feeling into words and has helped me figure out how that relates to goals.
And for this year, I do have a word: “Committed”
- I am committed to do my best at all I do for the glory of God.
- I am committed to move forward towards the business goals I have set for 2017.
- I am committed to homeschool well.
- I am committed to continue working on wellness for me and my family.
The nitty-gritty of what that all looks like is still being fleshed out and will continue being worked on/changed through the year. I try to set aside time each week to pray/think/plan for the upcoming week. Developing that habit has been the key to me actually making progress on my 2016 goals!
Some goal setting tips that I’ve learned as a wing-it goal-setter:
Start small. A goal of “become a morning person” or “get up at 6:00am” is not doable for me. While it is an awesome goal that I might want to achieve down the road– I know I’m setting myself up for failure if I make this my goal. So my goal is “Get up 15 minutes earlier than I normally do.” Then once I master that– I can change it to “Get up 30 minutes earlier than I normally do.”
Break your goals into doable action steps. While I have the goal of getting healthy– I know that includes what I eat, physical fitness and emotion/spiritual components as well. In the past I have tried to work on all those aspects at once– and of course failed. So my first action step is: “Drink 8 16-oz glasses of water a day.” And I work on that until it becomes a part of my routine. Then I add another wellness step. “Do 15 minutes of exercise at least 2x a week.” And I do that until it becomes a part of my routine. Then I can add “Complete one round of Whole30” as an action step. When I try to change too many things all at once I set myself up for failure. But when I work on one portion at a time– that’s when the small successes add up.
Give yourself grace. I give myself grace with goal-setting. Some weeks I do great, some months I’m off track. Some days by golly need chocolate and a large chai latte. But I pick up where I need to pick up and start again! 🙂
Do you set goals? Do you have a system? I’d love to hear what you think about goals and goal setting
Thank you…I needed this. My first goal will be taking time out to sit, pray and plan…
Still working through my overall goals, but consistent would be my word for the year. 🙂
Maureen Spell says
Love that– consistent. Yep, that’s something I need to develop.