It’s that time again! You are probably seeing a lot of posts about planning your resolutions for the New Year. Don’t let the information overload discourage you.
Making plans for the New Year can actually be a helpful tool.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.-C.S. Lewis
Several years ago, I decided to ditch the resolutions for intentional goal planning.
Goals give us something to target, they give us the ability to move forward with focus and effort.
If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. -Zig Ziglar
As a wife, mama, and homemaker I am spinning lots of plates over here, and if you are reading this you probably are too!
I don’t have time to waste, and my family is depending on me. This is why choosing to be intentional about my goals is so important to me.
This year I’ve been able to:
- Run a 5k (at 11 months postpartum and still nursing).
- Finally, understand (with confidence) the bookkeeping software for our family business.
- Develop better ways to manage my home.
- Lose weight, this time, without a personal trainer or gym membership.
I was only able to accomplish these goals by creating a purposeful strategy.
Today, I am sharing with you 5 things I’ve learned from setting intentional goals:
- Seek God through His word and prayer. When we look to God regarding our plans we are able to filter out what’s really important, avoid comparison and focus on our own aspirations by staying in our own lane.
Galatians 6:4 (NIV) says:
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.
Furthermore, we know that God is ultimately in control so our plans may change based on His will. As we are planning let us keep in mind that our goals should be planned loosely as we trust in Him.
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. -Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)
- S.M.A.R.T. Goals method. Sometimes, I can get too excited about planning, and want to accomplish big audacious goals all at once. This system has helped me develop clear and realistic ideas.
- Accountability increases our chances of achieving our goals. My accountability is usually my husband or a good friend. I tell them the goal and date I would like to accomplish it. Because they care about me (lol, this is what I have to remind myself) they check in to see how I am doing. This motivates me to work towards my goal so that I am able to report back to them with progress.
- Write it down. According to this study, simply writing out your goals, significantly increases your chances of completing them.
- Life happens. We may fail at our goals one day and conquer them the next. We will experience the ebbs and flows of life, so don’t be too hard on yourself when you get off track. The process does not have to be perfect. Give your best effort when you can, as often as you can.
How about you? Are you tired of making resolutions only to fizzle out in a few months? Let me help you. I’ve created a free 6-page guide to get you started on creating your own intentional goals.
This guide includes:
- The S.M.A.R.T. Goals Criteria.
- Goals Worksheet to help you develop your plans.
- Scriptures to guide you as you create your goals.
- Goals sheet to record your final goals for the year.
I want to see you flourish this year! I pray, by God’s grace and strength, that you will accomplish everything He has planned for you in the New Year!