Each year I make goals for myself and my family. Goals help me stay focused, grow and improve, and live the kind of life I want to live. For a long time, I’ve used the SMART model of goal development – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound. Using this model helps me develop goals that might actually get completed.
And I say “might actually” because, I’ll be honest, there are PLENTY of goals I’ve developed and not reached. I could give excuses galore, but mostly, life happened. And with 7 kids, lot’s of life happens around here. So, I’ve learned to be easy on myself and BREATHE when I feel frustrated with my progress.
As I begin to develop my goals, I think about the year before, consider any life changes that I might know about in the year to come, and consider several areas of focus. I think about setting goals in the areas of body, mind, spirit, family, social, vocation, and financial. Sometimes I have a few goals under one area, sometimes only one.
I also word my goals in the positive, stating “I will…” Wording goals this way helps me take ownership of what I want to do. I also add the words “….so that” at the end of the goal SO THAT I am clear about my why. Sometimes, as I’m writing my goals, it takes me several “so that” statements before I get to the real why. Also, I’ve learned over the years to really hone in my goals on what I can control. Too many factors go into weight loss for me to say what the number on the scale will say. I can, however, control how many times I exercise or plan for healthy eating.
Here are my goals for 2022:
- I will move my body three times a week, so that I will be healthy and strong.
- I will pamper myself once a week, so that I remember I am worth care.
- I will read 36 books this year, so that I can learn, relax, and grow.
- I will attend counseling twice a month, so that I will better understand myself and grow.
- I will journal five times a week, so that I am intentional with prayer and reflection.
- I will take a personal retreat each quarter, so that I have time for rest and renewal.
- I will have at least three 1-1 date nights monthly, so that I have individual time with my family and friends.
- I will plan quarterly family trips, so that we have time for rest and play.
- I will begin the coaching certification process, so that I can encourage others to live a life worthy of their calling.
- I will put $$$ a month into savings, so that we have a fully funded emergency fund.
- I will develop a guest speaking/preaching ministry and have no more than two events per month, so that I can have a secondary income stream.
I’ve already started progress on a few of my goals and look forward to what intentional goal focus brings in 2022. I’ll post some updates throughout the year to hold myself accountable to you all!
What are your goals for 2022? If you need help figuring that out, join my 2022 Goal Coaching and Accountability group. We start on February 1st!