2017 Goals – Part 1

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating with your families! We still have one more celebration on Saturday!

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As we head into the last week of 2016, many people will be reflecting on the past year and making goals for the year ahead, myself included. I think we all know that most people don’t keep “New Years Resolutions.” I prefer goals. Resolutions… it seems like if you break it’s over. For example, maybe your resolution is to stop drinking pop, but on January 5, you have a pop, so you say… “Well, I broke my resolution, so I will just go back to drinking pop every day.”

Ss I make my goals for 2017, I am going to keep a few things in mind…

  • Are they S.M.A.R.T goals? (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely)
  • How am I going to make it happen? Last year one of my goals was to not always be worried about what other people were thinking of me. However, I had no plan for exactly how I was going to tackle that. It is still a struggle for me, but it is one of my goals for 2017… more on that later.
  • Why does this matter to me? What is my motivation? Back to my example of worrying… I know I must please God rather than men. Worrying about what others think of me steals my JOY. I cannot control what other people think, say, or how they act. I can control how I treat others, so if I focus on treating others in a way that pleases God, then I know I am pleasing to my loving Savior!
  • Break your goals up into smaller chunks. (Ex. If you want to lose 100 pounds, make it your goal to lose 8-10 pounds in January).
  • Accountability! Tell at least one person about your goals and ask them to check in with you! Join a healthy challenge group! Choose a group that is in it for the long haul – lifestyle change over crazy diets.
  • A partner! Maybe there is someone who has one of the same goals that you do. Maybe you have Bible study goals like me. Perhaps, you and I could both study __________ and check in with each other once a week regarding what we learned.  It doesn’t have to be a face to face meeting… it could be via phone or even e-mail. Personally, I do much better when I have time to compose my thoughts in writing.
  • A, B, and C goals – When I set a goal for a race, I make 3 goals.
    • A goal – Really hard to attain, but given the perfect circumstances, I could hit it. This goals is usually quite a bit out of my comfort zone.
    • B goal – This is a goal that would still be quite an accomplishment, but I am pretty certain I can hit it.
    • C goal – I completed the race in a decent time. Nothing to write home about, but it’s done.

How was your Christmas? Are you starting to think about 2017 goals?

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