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What to Do When Your Goals Flop {February Goals Update}

what to do when your goals flop

I shared my February goals with you last month, so today I want to give an update.

February Goals Update

Memorize one Bible verse

Complete two chapters on leadership study & review with Mark

Plan one date night out with Mark

Begin reading one book together as a couple

Plan one date with Sam

Complete one prayer walk through each room in my home – I made progress, but I totally forgot to complete this one.

Complete two books from my reading list – You can see my February reading list here. I did manage two books from my actual list!

Go ski one time

Yep, you’re seeing this right!

I accomplished one goal for the month.

And that’s okay!

In my eBook, Live for Him: A Grace-filled Look at Planning, I say this about goals:

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our goal is to live for Him. We get wrapped up in living for ourselves. But there is grace and we must remember who we are in Christ.

This month, I survived. My husband was gone more than he was home, we visited family out of state, and I just tried to take care of the basics around the home.

I didn’t move forward on many goals, but I did accomplish what the Lord had for me.

When your goals flop, you have to stay focused on the bigger picture. We don’t live intentionally so we can be better people. We live intentionally to bring glory to God! This doesn’t always mean I get to do what I want to do. Sometimes, I have set my goals aside to accomplish what God has for me today.

My failure to accomplish many goals this month doesn’t mean I will throw in the towel for March. I’m not giving up. I will make my list and strive to work toward my God-given dreams again this month.

Here are my goals for this month!

March Goals

Memorize one Bible verse

Complete two chapters on leadership study & review with Mark

Plan one date night out with Mark

Begin reading one book together as a couple

Complete one prayer walk through each room in my home

Complete two books from my reading list

Go ski one time

Check off all items from my March Intentional Living Checklist

What are you goals this month? I’d love for you to share them with me in the comments!

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10 Comments

  1. How encouraging! It’s good to set goals, have something to shoot for, but also to remember that
    “Sometimes, I have set my goals aside to accomplish what God has for me today.”
    Wise words, my friend!

  2. Thank you for this post.

    I often feel like I’ve failed in my to-do lists before I’ve even started. All it takes is one lazy morning and then I’ve pretty much resigned myself to not getting anything accomplished that day. But I’ve found that when I give myself a little grace and pick up and start again the next day, treating each one as a new opportunity, sometimes it is surprisingly easy to turn it around!

    I’ve been trying to work through the goals and tasks I had in my Live For Him planning session, but I’ve often stumbled, and caught myself thinking yesterday (after a particularly lazy couple of days) that perhaps it was too late now that we are a couple of months into the new year. But you have given me hope! 🙂

    Thank you.

    Claire

    1. It is certainly not too late. 🙂 I view my goals like a compass – pointing me in the right direction. I may not be moving, but I at least know which way I should be pointing!

  3. This was so encouraging to read, because I haven’t been working towards my goals in a very orderly way at all, so then I feel behind and like I’ve wasted so much time. But it’s true: our main goal is to live for Him, and He has got everything planned out according to His timing and will anyways! Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. I am constant;y working on my monthly goals. I had good intentions in January and didn’t get all of them accomplished. What I want to do for each month is to have one healthy habit goal for each month, like drink more water, eat more fruit and veggies etc. Then I have a goal for cleaning and decluttering one room a month. I am currently taking an online class on time management in which I am learning quite a bit. I need to work on my follow through now. I find if I have to long of a to do list or too many monthly goals I will just get overwhelmed and nothing will get done ,

  5. “We don’t live intentionally so we can be better people. We live intentionally to bring glory to God!”

    It’s so easy to lose sight of that! Thanks for the reminder!