Happy new year to you all! I’m really excited about the potential and possibilities this year holds. Plus, this is a major milestone birthday year for me. In just a few weeks, I’ll be turning 40! How in the world did I get to middle-aged??
But enough about me…let’s talk goal setting and resolutions. I don’t know why but I always get pumped up about goal setting exercises. Over the holidays, I came across a folder filled with mission statements and goals dating back to my college years. It was truly a walk down memory lane as I read through those pages of ambitious goals and dreams. Which brings us to 2016. Here are a few things I’m doing differently this year.
1. I’m Not Sharing My Goals Publicly (at Least Not Yet)
Over the last few years, I’ve often shared my goals here on the blog, but after reading a post by Michael Hyatt on goal setting, I decided against it this year. He references a TED talk explaining why sharing your goals makes them less likely to happen; and while watching the video, I found myself shaking my head in agreement several times. If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to check it out.
2. I’m focusing on a Few Things
I started off my resolutions process but coming up with a laundry list of goals I’d like to accomplish during the year. Looking at that extensive list completely defeated me and had me overwhelmed before the year even began. Once again, the Michael Hyatt article, as well as a sermon by my pastor, reminded me to focus on a few things and do those well. While I kept my dump list of goals, I decided to focus on just five. As I accomplish those, I plan to add others from my list.
3. I Didn’t Wait Until the New Year to Get Started
This year I went with the mindset that there’s nothing magical about January 1st, so why wait until the new year to get started on my goals? Since I was already pumped up about my resolutions, I used that excitement to get started early. I’m happy to say that I’m already 30 days into one of my goals and have a good start on some of the others as well.
4. I’m Identifying My Why
It’s all good to come up with resolutions, but as I can tell you from personal experience, not having a driving reason or motivation behind that goal makes it hard to keep the momentum going as the year progresses. That’s why I’m taking extra care to make sure I understand why I want to accomplish the goals on my list. I ended up scratching some goals off my list because my whys were flaky or unrealistic at best. For example, I conceded that my goal of waking up before 5:30 a.m. every morning for Bible study time and prayer because that’s what good Christians do wasn’t really realistic given my current stage of life. Having an infant who still wakes up multiple times at night and our family’s school/work schedule that already requires us to wake up early, would’ve made it a very difficult habit to sustain.
While I implemented a few changes this year, I still continue to enjoy setting resolutions and even had a few opportunities to begin explaining the concept to my kids. What’s your approach to goal setting this year?