I love setting goals. I love creating a plan and attacking it. With the New Year approaching quickly, I have begun setting new goals. I don’t consider these things resolutions, which by definition are firm decisions to do something. Rather, I consider my goals to be something to achieve. Some might say they are exactly the same thing, but for me a goal is attainable whereas a resolution is a stressful decision to make an immediate change. I don’t need anymore stress.
For 2017, I had one goal. I set out to read the entire Bible in a year. I am happy to report that in just a few short days, I will have achieved success with that goal. The process to accomplish reading the entire Bible was not complex. I purchased a One Year Bible and I followed the daily reading. I made a commitment to read no matter if I was busy or sick or just plain tired. I chose this goal because I wanted to learn more about God. I wanted to hear from Him and to really connect with His desire for my life.
It hasn’t always been easy to stick to my reading. Let’s face it, reading lists of laws and all those genealogies in the Old Testament can get, well, exhausting! But I did it. And now I’m just finishing up with some minor prophets and the book of Revelation. It’s an exciting end to a year of reading. I’m literally looking ahead and reading God’s vision for the future… prophecy fascinates me!
So that brings me to setting new goals. What will I do now?
For 2018, I have set four major goals for myself. Four seems like a lot, but they all flow well with the life I am trying to create for myself. It’s a life of peacefulness, gratitude, health, and overall wellbeing. I’ll share three of the goals in this post. One is just too personal to blog.
In order to plan out my goals, I sat down and wrote out a list of what I wanted to achieve. For all you planner babes out there, that meant using the note pages in my Happy Planner. It’s great tool!
Once I listed the items, I went through and broke them down further. I wrote specifically what each goal means for me and the action steps I need to take in order to achieve success.
Below is a summary of my goals and action steps. Everyone has their own way of looking at these things, so keep in mind that this is specific to me.
This means being more active and seriously cutting down on junk food. Additionally, this means losing a very real 50 pounds.
- With fifty-two weeks in a year, that puts me at a one pound per week loss.
- I will track my vitamins and my walking. I will use my FitBit to set step goals.
- And because 50 pounds is the longterm number, I will set month specific goals to achieve. I will also provide myself with rewards for success each month.
I plan to talk more about my health goals as the year progresses.
Continue to Minimize
This means letting go of all the extra junk that causes me stress and overwhelm. I will focus on creating a space that is peaceful so that life can be more enjoyable.
- I will continue purging excess and unused items.
- I will be intentional with purchases, focusing on only what I need and not bringing in more useless clutter.
I’ll be sharing more of my minimalism journey for those who are curious.
This means making time daily to focus on what I am thankful for.
- I purchased a daily horizontal lined planner that I will be using as a gratitude journal.
- I will set aside five to ten minutes every evening before bed to write.
- I will remind myself that there is good in every day.
There will be another post on my gratitude journaling later.
So there you have it… My 2018 goals. Let me tell you, there is so much blog posting that can come from all of this. I really hope that you will stick around and enjoy the journey with me.
Have you made any 2018 goals yet?