Last year was a year of brokenness and survival.
The remainder of the year was marked by a husband traveling almost non-stop, leaving a church, finding a new church home, having a baby, making new friends, doing countless house projects, and so much more. So much more.
It was a year of constant transition and a year of a lot of grace – accepting grace that is.
At the beginning of 2013, I had big dreams! I set a lot of goals, and as I look back over the course of the year, I realize that I fell short in a lot of ways. Life took over and I lost purpose. Life took over and I stopped straining toward my goals. Life took over and I went into survival mode.
Sometimes survival mode is necessary, but eventually, you have to come out of survival mode and get back into living intentionally. You have to shake the dust off your homemaking binder, pull out your goal setting worksheets, and start living life on purpose.
Goals mean nothing if I do nothing about them. As I’m evaluating and setting goals for 2014, I realize I’ve learned four significant lessons about goal setting from 2013.
4 Goal Setting Lessons I Learned in 2013
1. I must set up regular times of evaluation.
I could have curbed survival mode this last year several times if I had put regular times of evaluation on the calendar.
This year I plan to put a monthly planning session on my calendar. I will do everything I can to make it happen! It’s easy to let times of planning and evaluation slide, but evaluating is an important part of intentional living.
2. I must have accountability.
I didn’t have any accountability this last year. In the past, I blogged about my personal goals and shared regular updates with my readers. I stopped doing this because I thought it would be boring to read. But this blogging gig is as much for me as for you. I’m learning it’s more for me than you. You’re just welcome to read along. 😉 So this year, I plan to blog more faithfully about how I’m living intentionally, setting goals, reaching goals, and planning my days for Him. I hope you don’t mind.
3. I need to utilize my calendar more effectively.
If I put something on the calendar, it’s more likely to happen. As I mentioned above, I need to add a monthly planning session to my calendar. I also need to start adding tasks that need to be done at specific times to my calendar.
For example, I need to put “review the budget” on my calendar weekly. I need to set a time and get it done. This last year, I simply added it to my to do list. I might have reviewed our budget five times. This is not good enough! So this year I plan to utilize my calendar more effectively.
4. I need to focus on doing the best things and not just the good things.
Some days I do a lot of really good things, but fail to do the best thing altogether! Recently I started asking myself what is the most impactful thing I can do next?
This has really been helpful in setting my mind on the “do the best thing” track. It’s easy to get lost in the mundane tasks of the everyday.
In order to live intentionally, I have to start setting my mind on seeking out the best things. This means I need to review my mission statement and start learning from the previous three lessons.
I’m hopeful that the goal setting lessons I learned in 2013 will help shape my approach to 2014.
What about you? What lessons did you learn in 2013?
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