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:
What I learned: Primarily I created this “physical” goal to stay active. While I didn’t achieve this goal in it’s entirety, I made PROGRESS by realizing that I need a little variety in my life and exercise routine. So this year, instead of boring myself or stressing out if I fall behind in a unreasonable, large goal (a.k.a. walking 3,640,000 steps in a year), I’m reevaluating my physical activity goal on a quarterly, monthly, and weekly basis.
Here’s one of my new exercise goals: Attend a 90-minute prenatal yoga session once weekly in January and February.
What I learned: I realized I really enjoy reading again! That’s PROGRESS. However, I’d like to read more fictional books for pleasure. Also, I’m reducing the goal to one finished book per month and keeping a running list of books on the go.
Here’s a simple worksheet I made to track what I’m reading. Nothing fancy, but it will get the job done!
What I learned: The number of verses or chapters you can memorize isn’t the only thing that matters when making progress on a spiritual goal. Sure, the more Bible verses you can commit to memory, the easier you’ll recall them when you need them. PROGRESS is allowing the head knowledge from God’s Word become heart knowledge with the Holy Spirit’s help. Likewise, this year I learned first-handedly of the joy that follows sharing the life-giving power from God’s Word with others.