For the past three years I’ve begun the year with a short list of goals. I’ve really learned the benefits of goal-setting and have enjoyed measuring my success over the years! For me, goals are not simply items on a checklist. I don’t cross them off the list and move on – my yearly goals are things that I hope will become part of my daily lifestyle.
For example, both 2016 and 2017‘s goals included a daily household cleaning routine that would be incorporated into my schedule. I’m now accustomed to doing chores every day and don’t even have to write them down – I automatically do them! I didn’t need to include that in this year’s goals, because it’s just part of what I do on a daily basis like brushing my teeth and cleaning up after supper.
Goals don’t always work out the way I think they will – I haven’t incorporated everything into my schedule as I planned. I don’t play the piano on a regular basis. I decided that wasn’t really something I needed to do! I’ve made goals for friendships that didn’t turn out the way I thought they would. That’s ok! I have also learned that abandoning a goal is totally an option. Goals that involve other people are slightly out of our control!
With my word of the year in mind, here are my personal goals for 2018:
- Spiritual: Commit to a one-year discipleship group and complete the F260 Bible reading plan (along with my church & discipleship group)
- Marriage: Choose a passage of Scripture to pray every day for Paul
- Personal: Reach my goal weight
- Family: Be intentional with the influence I have in my niece and nephew’s lives, pointing them to Christ at every opportunity
- Household: Improve my cooking and hostessing skills with frequent practice on guests 🙂
These are all big picture goals that I look forward to incorporating this year! I do enjoy creating “bucket list” type goals for each season, and I share those at the beginning of the season. As I mentioned last week, Paul and I have a list of goals that we’re working through together as well – many of them are things that God has laid on his heart as leader of our family. I imagine I’ll share some of those things throughout the year.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement as I launch out into my year of growth! Your kindness means the world to me. I would love for you to share one of your goals with me in the comments – let’s cheer each other on this year!