Maybe you can relate.
I want to do it all. And, I want to do it all well. The problem is… when I try to do it all, I end up doing nothing at all well. I far too often let my type-A, perfectionist personality steal joy, overshadow progress, and limit fruitfulness.
Maybe you can relate.
As you may have noticed, I love writing goals. Even more so, I love seeing good goals carried out. So why, you may ask, do I give goal setting so much attention? Well, simply it's because human beings are fickle. I'm fickle. I don't know if it's my personality or just crazed hormones. One day I'm completely motivated. The next day... well, I'm not. So every January, on a day when my thinking is clear and my emotions are in check, I set goals for the year. Goals that keep me focused on what matters. Goals that get me where I want to be. That way when the winter blues set in or the summer sun sidetracks me, I have a list that prioritizes my efforts and grounds my thoughts. These goals aren't just career driven as they once were. Now they're aimed towards building a grace-filled home and a Christ-centered life.
So if you dig deep and find you are fickle-natured like me, I challenge you to give goal setting a go! Here are five steps to help you write good goals and create a life you love:
2016. The year I learned to stop striving for perfection and find satisfaction in making progress instead. The year I faced the reality that I can’t do life in my own strength. The year my heart refocused towards desiring the future God has set before me rather than one that “could have been.”
With this in mind, reviewing my incomplete 2016 S.M.A.R.T.Y. goals didn’t bring about the same stress of “failure” like it may have in the past. I made progress, therefore, I was successful. So here’s my challenge to you: as you reflect on 2016 and look to the future, don’t focus on last year’s inadequacies; instead, see the progress you made and look expectantly into 2017. You’ve got this!
Here’s the PROGRESS I made on the three personal S.M.A.R.T.Y. goals I shared in 2016:
Three Christmases ago, back in 2013, I remember spending hours on Pinterest, “pinning" the countless ways I planned to be an intentional mom during the Christmas season. I was debating whether I was going to do a chocolate Advent calendar or wrap up twenty-five Christmas books for the days leading to Christmas. I believed I'd be the creative mom making the cute felt tree for my toddler to decorate--or maybe even be gutsy enough to let him or her decorate our real tree. I dreamed up fancy holiday brunches and elaborate Christmas traditions to start as a family. And then Liam came.
And the exhaustion.
Fall, also known as my favourite time of year, boasts of crisp, sweatshirt weather, warm apple cider, and mouth-watering pumpkin pies. But it’s also a time of reflection and thanksgiving. So to commemorate the first of two Thanksgivings I celebrate each year, I’ve put together a list of 10 reasons of why I am feeling grateful today. I challenge you to stop this week and really reflect on all of the blessings you’ve been given, big or small, as well.
Here’s my list of 10 reasons I’m thankful (in no particular order, of course):
Hello, I'm Erin – a Registered Dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, and self-proclaimed foodie. Welcome to my blog where I hope to inspire others to make nutrition, health, family and faith more than just good intentions.
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