Here we go, y'all! It's January 1st, 2013, and I am so ready. I'm also incredibly grateful for a clean slate each year... aren't you? That we get to "start over" in a sense. That we get to look back and learn from where we've been, then look forward with great anticipation with where we are going. I CAN change things about my life, and so can you. This year can look completely different from your last if you need it to. I'm convinced the Lord created time and seasons with a reason and for a purpose - because we all need a regular fresh start!
So, before we begin, I want to share some tips that help me with my goals, and hopefully they will help you as well as you join me in this journey. I believe in keeping goals simple and attainable. I also believe in pushing yourself and dreaming big. I believe in writing it all down.
First, prayerfully visualize the life you want to live. Ask the Lord to guide this vision in every part, every detail... how to cook, look, shop, eat, dress, spend time with your spouse and family. How to run your business, sleep, exercise, love on others, give your time, budget your money. How to rest, vacation, and make time for what matters. How to involve yourself in your church. How to live to the fullest.
From this vision of your life, your goals will simply flow. What parts of your life do not line up with this vision right now? Write those down. Don't be overwhelmed at the distance you might feel from this vision. Don't be discouraged by your imperfection. Write down simple, attainable steps for you to take this year to get closer to the life you want to live.
Write them down! Write out your goals for 2013, then delegate them over the timespan of 12 months. This will be your guide for your monthly goals throughout the year. Remember, only write down goals that correspond with your life's vision.
Here are our guidelines for setting goals, and why we need to stick with these guidelines. A big thanks to Dave's Entreleadership for these guidelines. Then we'll dive in!
1. Be specific.
2. Have a timeline.
3. Own them.
4. Measure them.
5. Write them down.
Be Specific. If you say something vague like, "This year I'm going to be healthier!" you won't get far before eating another piece of pie. However, if you say " This year I'm going to run a 5k," then you have a specific goal to aim for. Make goals, and your "resolutions" will follow.
Have a timeline. If you do not put a timeline and deadline to your goal, it will not get done. That's why it's so important to stay on top of your goals, then reevaluate your progress every month. Once you decide to run that 5k, sign up for one. Put it on your calendar. Make sure you have a deadline in place!
Own them. If your mama / husband / friend / wife / pastor wants you to accomplish something, but it is not resonating with who you are, then don't put it down. You have to own it! These goals have to be goals of your own, no created by those around you.
Measure them. Your goals have to be measurable. "I want to lose weight" won't work. "I want to lose 15 pounds" will work. "I want to learn the guitar" won't work (one of my own goals this year!). "I want to learn how to play 30 songs well" will work.
Write them down. I've said it once, and I'll say it again - there is something so powerful when you write down a goal and it stares back at you. It goes from being on your head to being tangible. If you've never done this before, begin this year.
Here we go! Introducing my 2013 goals + my January goals
Learn to play the guitar well
Run an official half marathon
Purchase and learn to ride a Roadbike
Complete a sprint triathalon (hence the roadbike)
Host a Dinner Party
Be a 6am morning person (5 out of 7 days/week)
Complete the Whole 30
Celebrate our 5th Anniversary in style!
Become completely comfortable shooting in film
Expand my business [outsource more]
Change the way we shop for groceries (ie: local, organic, farmers market, whole foods)
Mentor a group of girls at church
Be intentional with rest
Read 15 Books in 12 Months
Read 15 in 12: Seven by Jen Hatmaker
Schedule my first Guitar lesson
Look into after-Christmas sales for bikes
Schedule the Dinner Party and decide on a theme (!)
Wake up at 6am Sundays - Thursdays
Complete the Whole30. (Feel free to join us on Instagram : #awhole30newyou . My Instagram friend and fellow photographer Kristine Neeley is encouraging many of us who have never done it before, and it's wonderful to have a community! I'll be doing the Whole30 January 3rd through February 1.)
Complete budget for Anniversary Trip and narrow down destination options
Research Local farmer Co-ops
I cannot wait to hear your goals, and I cannot wait to journey throughout 2013 with you! Remember...
- You can modify your 2013 list of goals if needed. It is YOUR life after all.
- If you forget to post on the first of each month, that is okay! Post on the 2nd or 5th or 10th, but post anyway. Don't be discouraged. As my dear friend Emily says, I will hold myself to a standard of Grace, not perfection.
- We are in this together, so don't forget to leave a comment with the link to your blog at the beginning of every month! We will all be able to gain inspiration and encouragement by sharing our goals with one another.
- Always always remember the following :