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:
- Last week I shared that I need variety in my exercise goals—so I’m making multiple mini-goals throughout the year to stay active! (Side note: I just had my first prenatal yoga class last night, and it was a blast!)
- Also, my grand plans to post two blog entries every week fell through when I didn’t plan for unexpected life with a toddler and writer’s burnout. I realized if I don't adjust my schedule to reflect my priorities as a mom (with less alone time), I’ll always feel like I’m failing. This year I’m simplifying my blogging routine to work with my family’s life (and the addition of a new baby this Spring!).
- Lastly, I’ve come face-to-face with reality that many of the things I do (or don’t do) come from a place of fear. That’s why I’ve chosen my 2017 “word of the year” to be “fearless.” While it’s impossible to be completely without fear, being fearless means being faith-filled. As Dennis Rainey said on FamilyLife Today with Trillia Newbell, “Faith cause fear to take flight… Fear can’t coexist with faith. You’re either afraid, or you are trusting God… Are you really trusting God with that which is troubling you today?” If we let it, fear can control us. It causes anxiety. It makes us rethink and even forget God’s goodness. So, I’m not allowing fear to dictate my 2017 goals. I’m approaching my dreams and to-do lists with faith. 2017: the year of fearless.
3. Write It Down
4. Make Progress
First put them where you can see them:
- In your planner,
- On the fridge,
- Taped on the bathroom mirror, or
- Pinned on a bulletin board in the office.
Then work on them little by little! Every bit of effort adds up.
This year I finally broke down and bought the Powersheets Intentional Goal Planner by Lara Casey after a little nudging by Anna from Spunky Sapphire Events. And I haven't regretted it. Besides its playful design and adorable stickers, this goal planner gets you really thinking about what matters most and motivating you to action! My Powersheets are already helping me make progress on my yearly goals using the "Tending List."
But remember—you don't need this fancy planner to work through these five steps and write out good goals. Just take your list of 2017 goals and break them down into monthly, weekly, and daily goals and make some progress!