Along with the new year comes the desire to do better and be better! The excitement of it has me making lists of all the things I want to do better in the new year. Sadly, so many of my goals get forgotten until the next new year only to try again each January. This year I decided to do things a little bit differently in how I’m going to accomplish my goals.
Goals can help you make necessary changes in life. They can inspire and encourage you through the challenges and difficulties in life. Good goals should be realistic, reasonable, well planned out, allowing you to improve in a variety of aspects of your life.
The first step is to discover WHAT you need to work on? What changes or improvements would you like to see in your life? I love the thought of constantly making myself a better person and setting goals is a great way to do so. Are there any talents or skills you’d like to gain? What are some of your ambitions and dreams? Now is the time to accomplish big things! Take a step to move forward. Conquer your bad habits. Start some more good habits. Ask God in prayer what He would like you to work on and pay attention to what He tells you to do. You will “feel” guidance on where to go from here.
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Another important part of setting goals is planning out how you will accomplish them. What steps will you need to take in order to complete them? How will you accomplish that specific goal? I like SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive). Make a plan for each step of the goal as well as a plan for when you will analyze how it is going.
Now comes the fun…we get to act on the goals. Try it, practice it, do your best to achieve it. If you get stuck, make adjustments so that you can be successful. Hopefully these are goals you want/need to be doing.
Finally, reflect on what you have learned and how you’ve grown? What did you learn? Is the goal completed? Would you like to set up another similar goal? What can you do to continue to grow in the future?
This year I’m going to focus on 4 categories: Spiritual, Social, Physical, and Intellectual. This will help me improve in many aspects of my life. I’d recommend you also try 1-2 goals from each category . I’m going to try to do them for a month and then reevaluate how they are going. I’m also going to have them written out and review them every morning. I am very visual so seeing them each day is a great reminder for me to keep at it!
SPIRITUAL-How is your relationship with God? Do you have peace in your life? Set goals here to help with that relationship.
- Pray every morning and night. Look for ways to improve your prayers. You could express gratitude for something different every night or meditate for a few minutes before and after the prayer.
- Start a journal. Write in it before bed. How have you been blessed or seen the Lord’s hand in your life?
- Study the scriptures daily. When and where?
- Attend church as a family.
- Take time to count your blessings.
- Read all of the lessons before class.
- Read from a children’s bible to your kids at nighttime.
- Have a morning meditation time.
- Have a more meaningful Sabbath.
- Listen to uplifting music or uplifting talks at home or in the car.
- Plan a Mommy play date. I used to love those where the kids could play and I would have adults to talk with or do crafts together. We also enjoyed picnics at the park with others.
- Volunteer at your child’s school.
- Join the PTA or Community Council or other organization at school.
- Join an online social media group where you can interact with others about things you are interested in. I have one about improving blogs.
- Look for a neighbor to serve. Take them a treat and introduce yourself.
- Plan daily one-on-one time with each child.
- Avoid gossip.
- Have a weekly date night with your spouse. It’s fun to invite other couples along!
- Be positive and keep track of daily positive thoughts with a counter.
- Plan daily walks with your kids, spouse or a friend.
- Find a time when you can have a regular exercise routine (like 6 days a week).
- Plan out your meals for the week.
- Don’t go out to eat all month.
- Shop at the grocery store and eat only homemade meals all week.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables each day.
- Go to the dentist, doctor, or eye doctor regularly.
- Plan an earlier bedtime.
- Join a recreation team.
- Organize your home. Check out Marie Kondo.
- Set up a weekly cleaning schedule.
- Study a different topic every month-order books from the Library and take notes on them.
- Take an online class.
- Take an art class.
- Join a book club.
- Consider a new hobby.
- Learn how to do family history or indexing.
- Learn how to do a new craft.
- Take a photography class.
- Create a budget and a plan to save money.
- Learn a new skill (like baking).
Really the options are limitless! I love that goals are so individualized to challenge each of us to do better and be better! What will you work on this year?