Hello everyone!! I’m afraid it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but a lot has been happening besides the typical Christmas mayhem. I spent a week in Peru (and have a post coming up to share with you all!) and I got engaged the week that I got back! It’s been so exciting. But, blogging was put on the back burner.
But, now I’m back, and I have lots of great posts lined up for y’all!
So, let’s talk about goal setting and goal completing.
My Goal Setting Problem
I’ve always been a goal-setter. It really doesn’t matter what time of year it is, I am always open to setting new goals.
But, that is usually about as far as it goes, because I am absolutely awful at following through. There are very few goals that I have actually completed (honestly none that I can think of off the top of my head). I am not a good goal completer at all.
But, still I’ve set the same goals year after year, over and over. I think that is the definition of insanity. It goes something like insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
I want this year to be different though. I graduate next May, I’m getting married, and- dang it!- I’m tired of never completing my goals. So, I looked to the experts on goals, like Michael Hyatt.
Most of my problem comes from setting too many goals at once. It’s impossible to complete your goals if you can’t remember what they are because there are so many of them!!
So, this year I decided to break things up. I got the idea from Living Forward by Michael Hyatt. He breaks down his goals into small, manageable pieces. (Lots of other people do too.)
I, personally, am trying this out by breaking my big, yearly goals that are kind of vague (like “Improve my physical health”) down into specific focuses for every quarter. Then, I set specific goals for every month, then every week, then every day. This gives me a specific action plan that I can follow every day without having to put a lot of thought into how I can take action on my big, overwhelming goal.
For example, one of my biggest goals for the year is “Improve my physical health.” (Yes, I know it’s not a SMART goal, but I don’t want to set a weight or a specific size I want to be. I just want to feel and be healthy!) So, for the first quarter of the year, I am going to focus on exercise. In January, I am going to work my way up to doing yoga four times per week. This week, I want to do yoga twice (although I expect I’ll get closer to four times). So, on Monday and Tuesday, I did yoga!
Boom. Big goal broken down into manageable, bite-sized pieces.
I have a couple of ways that I set goals this year. To start, I completed kind of a mixture of the “Level Ten Life” from The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and of the “Life Accounts” from Living Forward. I created eight different areas of life: faith, person, family, health, work/school, finances, community, and my relationship with Storm (my fiance). Then, I rated each area on a scale of one to ten.
It sounds a bit weird, but I have found that it is hard to know where you want to go when you don’t even know where you are.
Based on that, I created two goals for each area. Some are vague. Some are specific. Some are small, and some are big. I’m okay with that, because I don’t plan on completing these all at once. I’m going to spread them out over the span of the year and break them down as needed.
Then, I set my “big” goals. There is a lot of overlap between these goals and my life account goals, but that is also fine by me.
So, here are my goals for 2017!!
- Create a passive income stream from my blog. (No, it’s not all about money for me here. If I never made money on this blog, I would still love it. But, I am getting married as a poor college student, so some extra income would not hurt.)
- Improve my physical health.
- Commit to spending time with the Lord daily and learning new spiritual disciplines.
- Read 36 books.
- Complete life account goals (just so I have something to tick off).
Life Account Goals
- Read my Bible every day.
- Keep a running prayer request list that I go over daily/weekly.
- Create daily and weekly routines.
- Make time for me to be alone.
- Do something with my brother and sister once a month.
- Do something with my parents once a month.
- Follow the diet my doctor sets for me.
- Do yoga four times per week.
- Work 20 hours a week for The Flash.
- Find a second source of income.
- Stick to my envelope budget.
- Save 15-20% of my income.
- Find a church for Storm and me. (We currently go to different churches.)
- Hang out with a friend twice a month.
- These are personal.
- There are two of them.
I’ve broken these goals down into quarterly focuses and more specific goals, which I will review at the end of this month!! I’ll also share what worked and what didn’t each month.
What goals have you set for 2017? Are you a goal setter or a goal completer? Let me know in the comments below!!