Goals, resolutions, ideas, inventions, and so on. The list of words that describe our intentions is long, but do they ever represent our results?
The only think I love about Christmas being over is the shift from one old thing to a new opportunity. A new year is like a Monday to me. Both are a great time to start something new.
“Oh, on Monday I start my diet” or “On Monday I’ll stop eating sugar” or “This year I’ll create a budget and stick with it” or “This year, I will, I’ll be, I’ll start…” New years and Monday’s are just a great place to START.
But this year I want to do more than start. I want to finish, complete, or grow. Some things will never be complete because they’re a journey and there really is not a destination but some things I can achieve.
So as I take down Christmas décor and thumb through inspiring recipe books I ask myself what will I do differently this year.
New year, new goals, and new ways= new results
Really, my goals or desires haven’t completely changed meaning, a lot of what I want to do this year I wanted to do the last 10 years. You know what that tells me? I never achieved the results associated with those goals or I did and I was too blind to appreciate the work I did put in. So this year, I am going to use the SMART (Specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely) concept and with that, give myself some grace.
- This is the most important thing, in my humble opinion, to KNOW before anything else; Grace is new and never runs out. No matter what, NOTHING can separate Gods love and provision from us when we belong to Him. Every stain, every mistake, and every wrong you’ve done, even if it was 5 seconds ago can be wiped clean and covered by the blood of Jesus. AMEN!
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 COR 9:8, NIV)
- What is my short and long-term goals- Short can be from one month to one year. Make the long-term goal 5 years and on. The 5-year is extremely important because it takes time to grow certain things especially when were talking about legacy preparation
- I’ll write my goals down and make reminders to check in
- I’ll apply the SMART concept to my goals
Okay, here are some of my goals this year. (FYI, the ones listed may seem superficial but some goals are personal and I tend to share those with God and my husband)
-Regain my health
-Sell every coffee mug that I’ve ordered
-Submit my book proposal and have a reputable agent agree to take it on
-Stick to the budget my husband and I created
-Use my home at least once a month to love on women creating a space for the Holy Spirit to move in our lives together
Using goal #1, here is how I’ll apply the smart concept….
SPECIFIC– I want to lose 15 pounds of body fat by April 1st and fit, (comfortably) into all my clothes hanging in my closet. Like, I want to get out of the “just because it fits, doesn’t mean it fits stage.” I will do this by creating meal plans, drafting a grocery list, and sticking to the list when getting my groceries. I will do my best to only go to the grocery store twice a week and not buy anything that doesn’t serve our healthy life style. There will be minimal exceptions for Ivy but if she want’s a treat, we will go get one for her rather than buy an entire box of cookies that quite possibly I would destroy while the others sleep.
MEASURABLE– I will weigh myself in the morning and measure particular areas of my body to determine my starting point of weight and inches. Then I will do that weekly to determine progress according to numbers. I will also choose one article of clothing that does not look good on me and barely fits, set it to the side and every week try it on until it fits just the way it should.
ATTAINABLE– Notice I didn’t say I want to lose 50 pounds? That would make me sick and unhealthy and impossible to attain without eating illegal drugs for breakfast and never eating again which both are not an option.
REALISTIC– Normal and healthy weight loss is typically 2 pounds per week. Everything else is just water weight and can be expected to put right back on after one meal. So I generously gave myself nearly 3 months to achieve this goal (Grace)
TIMELY– I set a deadline. Deadlines or due dates are critical in achieving goals or completing tasks. When I worked and someone gave me a task, my first question was “when do you need this by?” That way I could prioritize and complete all my tasks according to the urgency.
Have a lovely weekend and God bless your goals and desires!
Dear God, thank you for another year and another day. May my goals and desires align with yours. May everything I do honor you and please you. I invite you in to every detail in my life and ask to remove and add where YOU see fit. I love you so much and know that this race will never be finished until I meet you face to face. I pray my life is meaningful in every way and that the work I do is never in vain. I offer it all to you and ask you to manage my details and goals and always remind me who I am in you. In Jesus name, Amen