Every New Year, countless people across the world start the same resolutions that they attempted to start in prior years. I have had several weight loss goals and money-saving goals that for whatever reason, went south right after March twenty something. However, last year, I started keeping lists, journals, and calendars to keep my dreams from just becoming thoughts, but allowing my dreams to turn into real, tangible goals. Last year, my husband and I got back on Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball in August and since then, we’ve been able to pay off $20,000 of debt even with the birth of our son in September, in 5 months. I’ve also been able to read on average, 2 books a week and make it to the gym every 3 days. Which may not sound like much to the fitness heads, but it’s more than enough for a breastfeeding mom who’s working full-time.
My family and I have been able to keep up with all of this by me writing everything down. That includes appointments, meal plans, grocery lists, and simple to-do list. The Bible says in Habakkuk 2:2, “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets…” I truly believe something happens when you put a pen to a paper and be intentional. Some say you’re releasing it into the Universe, but I believe it’s spiritual. You’re not only telling yourself, but you’re reminding your spirit that you have a standard to reach every time you look at that paper.
So this year, in 2017, I’ve decided on 4 areas with 4 specific goals that I will focus on and be intentional in reaching:
God – I will read the Bible and pray each day(I’m a Christian, and I believe in the power of God’s Word, the Bible)
Family – draw closer to my older son(with a new baby, it’s easy to make him feel left out)
Work – transfer into a position that has a more steady work schedule( I am currently working shift work that forces me to work a different set of hours each work day which has me exhausted by the last day)
Personal – eat well and workout consistently(I don’t believe in diets, I believe in balance)
I believe the most important part of goal setting is remembering that I am not perfect and that I will mess up. I may not even keep all 4 goal through the year. But the hardest part of keeping a goal is jumping back on the horse once you’ve fallen off which is why most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions. So as the year progresses, I will glance at my list from time to time to keep myself accountable to my goals and being intentional. So when the day comes where I decide that I’m too lazy to perform the task at hand, I can glance back at my journarl and remember that I have a mark to meet, a standard to live up to.
I will keep you updated with my goals and in March 2018 I will give you a 1 year update on where I am with each one .