What will your new year look like? Have you made any resolutions yet? Any milestones you will reach or goals you are determined to achieve?
Maybe it’s because I’m getting older. I choose to believe it’s because I’m getting wiser! But I have been very focused on goals lately.
Usually I’m a “play it by ear” or “go with the flow” kinda gal. I try not to stress out about things like I did in my 20’s. I try not to stress out about whether things go exactly like I had planned or not.
Why set goals
However, this year is different. This year my father in law passed away and I had time to spend talking with him about life. We had some of the best conversations and I wouldn’t take anything for that time or those talks. But it got me to thinking.
You see my day gig is in hospice and I love it. It has given me the blessing of realizing that life is short. People and memories are precious. Also, even though we hear it all the time, it’s worth saying again. Don’t take a single day for granted!Life is short. People and memories are precious. Don't take a single day for granted!
Ok, so back to the goal thing. I purchased a book from Michael Hyatt called “Your Best Year Ever: A 5-step Plan For Achieving Your Most Important Goals”. I also purchased “Create a One-Year Blog and Editorial Planner” by Meera Kothand.
They are both wonderful and have really helped me to focus on how I want this next year to look and what I want to accomplish.
It seems like everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions and then by March or sooner, they fall away. Inc. reports that “While 60 percent of people abandon their resolutions within six months, 25 percent of people abandon them within a mere 7 days.” In this article it is reported that you are “42 percent more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.”
According to Statista most people make resolutions to save money, lose weight or get in shape, travel more, read more books and learn a new hobby were among the top ones listed.
Although it’s great to have goals and set New Year’s Resolutions how exactly are you going to make any of that happen? Are you like I have been and just do what you can and see what happens? Or do you have a definite plan and actionable steps to get you there?
If you have never been one to set goals before I encourage you to do so. I do, however, suggest if this is you then start with your top 3 or maybe just 1. What is the 1 thing you want more than anything to accomplish this next year?
How to set goals
Personally, I have more than one. Like several women I know, one of my goals is to loose weight and get in shape.
My main goal is to grow in my faith. I’ve been saved since I was 9. Without going into any detail let’s just say it’s been a long time lol. I’ve read the Bible through and read the majority of it several times. So my goal is not just to read my Bible again but to really dig into it, learn and apply it to my every day life. I want to grow as a Christian really put more power into my prayers.
I have bought a journal and will begin Bible journaling this year. It’s actually my War Binder. I’ve joined a couple of Facebook groups that focus on this and I have really learned a lot from these wonderful ladies about how they use their journals/war binders and what they have learned so I’m excited to start this!
My last goal is one that my husband and I are doing together. Our home is 118 years old! We were in the process of remodeling it when my husband got hurt and we had to put things on hold. So thank God now he is better and we have 2 projects we would like to complete this next year.
As far as our family goes, besides working on our home we want to spend more time together having fun! We started camping last year and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! If you have never camped you don’t know what you are missing. Seriously, it is the BEST!! I plan to write a few post about camping this year to help folks out who are wanting to start camping.
So what are your goals and how are you going to get there? Maybe you have heard of SMART goals. This stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. This is from Brain Tracy if you want to read more about this.
It makes sense to use this method when working on your goals. I used to think goals had to be complicated and very involved. However, I have come to understand that they do not.
For instance with my weight loss goal it goes something like this. First, let me say I’m a chocoholic. I admit it. If there was a support group for people who love chocolate I’d be there!
- Goal: Loose 10 pounds by March 31. 2019. That’s my specific goal.
- It is measurable because I want to loose 10 pounds.
- It is attainable because I’m not saying I want to loose 10 pounds in a week or less.
- It is relevant because it is important to me.
- Finally it is time bound because I gave myself a deadline of March 31, 2019.
Now if my goal is to loose 10 pounds by the end of March that is 13 weeks to meet my goal. That is only 3/4 of a pound a week. Hopefully I can do this before my timeline. So how will I do it?
As much as I like sweets, and I’m seriously not kidding here, I love sweets! I have to find some way to reduce my sugar intake. I know that there are some sugar free desserts out there so I will definitely be looking at that!
In order to reach our goals they must be attainable. I can walk 30 minutes at least 2 days a week. I’d love to say I’ll walk 2 days a week and lift weights 3 days a week but I know I won’t do that. Set yourself up for success!
Don’t make your goals so hard you can’t reach them. That is why a lot of people give up and abandon their goals. So take small steps. Baby steps.
What goals do I set?
According to goskills.com the Top 10 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions are:
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Live life to the fullest
- Save more money/ spend less money
- Quit smoking
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Travel more
- Read more
These are all great and I’m sure they will be popular again this year. These are all personal goals. A lot of people have work goals as well.
This is wonderful but I think, at least for me, some of the most important goals are my faith goals. It’s funny how this gets pushed to the back burner so easily.
We get busy with work, our spouses, kids, responsibilities at home like cooking, cleaning and laundry. It’s not that we mean to do this, it just happens.
My faith goals for the year are:
- Read my Bible every day for at least 15 minutes
- Utilize my prayer journal every week
- Pray for more specific needs instead of just general prayers
- Make sure I seize every opportunity to tell others about Jesus and His love (hence this blog)
In Michael Hyatt’s book Your Best Year Ever he talks about SMARTER goals.
He uses Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Risky, Time-Keyed, Exciting and Relevant. I actually like this better because if a goal isn’t risky then is it really exciting? I think I’m more likely to work toward a goal that’s a little risky and exciting.
So what are your goals for the new year? Have you had a chance to think about this yet? Are you going to set attainable, risky and exciting goals for the new year? Or abandon them after a short time?
Reply to this post and let me know what your goals are for the new year! Sign up to get access to my Warrior Women Library and be sure to grab your free goal planning printable to help you set and reach your goals!
I believe you can reach any goal you set your mind to. Don’t gorget to grab your free goal planner and make the life you want this coming year.
Be blessed, be faithful and live fearless!