January 16, 2015

My Goals for 2015 and How I Set Them



As promised, I’m back to share a bit more about my goals for this new year. In my last post, I mentioned how easy it is to fall off the wagon with our goals because we have overreached our ability to attain those goals. The idea is to set goals that are:

Attainable

Specific

Reasonable

Realistic

Using these parameters, I have set some goals in my own life that I believe I can achieve with ease and confidence. However, I have long ago accepted that I am not Superwoman, so I will give myself grace if something has to fall through the cracks if something more pressing comes up. 

Using a new strategy to me, I sat down at my desk and wrote out some things that I would really like to do this year. I wanted to purpose to finally take care of some of the things that have long been on my to-do list.
Once I looked at that list, I tried to break it down into actionable, specific goals that I know I will be able to attain. I would like to think that all the goals I am setting for this year are realistic. I certainly believe they are reasonable. The idea is not to set myself up for failure by putting too much on myself, so I kept my list relatively short. Anything I achieve beyond my original goals is lagniappe (It’s a Louisiana thing.)

When I broke my goals down into simple goals, I also decided to categorize them into different areas of my life that I need to spend the most time improving. The categories are:


  • Faith
  • Personal Health and Growth
  • Family Health


I’ve taken each category and listed some things I hope to achieve using actionable language. This can really help with motivation to complete the goals on the list. Again, you will notice that my goals are quite specific. 

Faith

- I will faithfully read through the Bible in one year using the Olive Tree Bible Study app by December 31st.
- We will officially join a Sunday School class at church by January 31st.
- I will faithfully read through the Children’s Bible with the kids by December 31st.
- I will faithfully take time every day for prayer and meditation.
- I will excitedly develop a faith-based activity plan for the entire family and implement it by March 30th.

Personal Health and Growth

- I will excitedly join the gym by January 31st.
- I will happily commit to working out four days a week.
- I will remove the unhealthy carbs from my personal diet by June 30th.
- I will faithfully take one night a week to pamper myself with manicures, pedicures, facials, etc.
- I will faithfully read two books a week by December 31st.
- I will work hard to practice patience with myself, my family, and in all areas of my life. 

Family Health

- I will commit to removing 75% of the processed foods from my family’s diet by March 30th.
- I will happily serve at least one vegetable with every evening meal.
- I will commit to lessen the chaos in our home by the use of behavior charting and positive reinforcement by February 20th.
- I will happily encourage as much outdoor activity for the entire family by organizing specific activities such  as volley ball, basketball, and soccer by April 30th.
- I will happily have a date night with my husband once a week, including at-home dates.

In addition to these goals, I also have goals for my home that I won’t bother sharing right now. I keep a running list of goals and projects in our family planning binder, and they are nothing out of the ordinary. You probably have some of the same goals as me, like getting closets organized, develop a filing system for bills, and so on. Quite frankly, that list is as long as my arm, but I am not intimidated by it. There will always be stuff to do around the house, so I don’t stress myself out about those things. 

Throughout the year, I plan to update my progress on these as much as possible. The goal is to do a monthly check-in to share how I am doing.

As you can see, I have laid out my goals in a way that is attainable, specific, reasonable, and realistic. In fact, I have already accomplished a few goals on my list. I hope by sharing my goals that you will also make some solid, simple goals to make your life more fulfilled and happy.

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