If you’ve been around here long enough, you know I love a good goal and a good New Year’s Eve (or New Year’s Day) goal setting session. So I’ve gathered a couple tips, and a couple links to help you on your way – these are the tools I use to reflect, regather, and recharge!
I love Jennie Allen’s Dream Guide. Yes, the title has “dream” in it, but it’s not airy/spacey at all… it’s a really good way of looking at goals. Spiritually based, she splits her goals similar to what I do: spiritual, relational, personal and work. Love this guide. Link to it HERE – you sign up for her emails, and it will be sent to you to download.
Another good approach is just to sit with a notebook and pen and make lists: I’ve used the following in the past:
-What I enjoyed the most about the past year
-What I enjoyed least about the past year
-Then look at those two answers and develop ideas or goals about how to pursue or purge those things in the coming year.
Another approach to making lists:
-What I NEED to do (around the house, doctor appointments, things you don’t have a choice in, but need to get done, etc)
-What I WANT to do (travel, weekend getaways, workout, clean out that closet in the hallway…)
-What I WISH I could do (learn French, write a book, dream big here!)
Make all those lists off the top of your head – don’t think too hard about it until AFTER you’ve written them, then look and see what you could focus on by breaking it down into smaller goals. Pick a few from each category to tackle and share them with someone else to keep accountable!
Once you’ve got those goals formed, you need a tracking system:
Find one HERE – simple bubble system to color in to track your progress – I’ll be using this in 2017, for sure!
And for your kids: You can find a good review of the year form for 2016 (looking ahead to 2017) for kids HERE.
As you know, I love to read, and this is a fun reading challenge from Tim Challies HERE – he has different levels for different commitments. Good list! Modern Mrs Darcy always has a fun reading challenge as well – you can find that one HERE – I LOVE her ideas and options for reading lists – there’s a “fun” one and a “challenge” one – both are great ideas! And if you just need some recommendations on books, here is my 2016 list I read, with the ones I’d recommend marked with asterisks. Find that list HERE.
Do I always finish my goals? No. But I do more than I don’t, so I always make them. They’re not to over-analyze my life or make me feel like a failure, they’re to inspire and motivate and develop discipline. Focusing on them usually lends to a happier me, which means I’m a better friend, mother and wife. Win-Win-Win.
Holding them tightly and focusing on them helps develop discipline, while holding them loosely and understanding I am not in control of the days helps me develop in my faith! How else is there to look at it?
If our lives were not appointed of heaven, we should wish they were. If there were no overruling Providence, we would crave for one. We would merge our own wills in the will of the great God, and cry, “Not as we will, but as thou wilt.” It would be a hideous thought to us if any one point of our life-story were left to chance, or to the frivolities of our own fancy; but with joyful hope we fall back upon the eternal foresight and the infallible wisdom of God, and cry, “Thou shalt choose our inheritance for us.” We would beg him to take our times into his hand, even if they were not there. – CH Spurgeon