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(Breath of Life) Goal Setting

New Year Resolutions have become rather cliche. While it is a potentially positive ritual that our culture has adopted, it has become the ritual that everybody does yet nobody does.

The concept behind New Year Resolutions is fabulous. At a time of fresh beginnings, it presents the the opportunity to reevaluate your life and ask yourself questions such as: What changes do I want to make in my life? How do I want to grow? What do I want to learn? What impact do I want to have? What are my goals? Proverbs 29:18 tells us that, “Where there is no vision, the people will perish.”

So how do we set and maintain goals in a way that is visionary yet attainable?

1. Designate a notebook for your goals. This gives you a place to write down your goals where you will not lose them and where you can lightly journal your way through your year’s journey with the goals (simply referencing, jotting down your successes and struggles, and adjusting your goals once every month or two is all you need to do).

2. Set measurable goals. Saying that you want to become a better wife, learn photography, lose weight, or keep your house cleaner are wonderful visions but provide you with nothing tangible to complete. There is no goal to reach. You have to define the measuring stick. You do that by setting goals like writing a love note to your husband once a week, take a picture a day for a whole year, set a laundry deadline, or simply changing the way you put food on your plate. You will draw energy and motivation from seeing progress! So set your goals in small, definable increments.

3. Divide your goals into categories.

1) Mental/Intellectual

2) Relational/Social

3) Family

4) Financial

5) Physical

6) Career (as a stay-at-home mom, this looks like “Household” goals)

7) Spiritual

4. Reference, Reevaluate, and Readjust your goals periodically throughout the year. See #1.

What goals do you have?