Setting S. M. A. R. T. Goals
I LOVE setting New Years goals, and have done so for many years. I know setting goals works. There have been so many studies done on goal setting & success. Just do a quick Google search, and you will find a plethora of information on the Goal Setting subject. I am not sharing this post to convince you. I know by setting written goals, I have achieved much more in my life than I WOULD HAVE WITHOUT THEM. Setting goals has been a total game changer in many areas of my life. A large area where I have had success in goal setting has been in the area of our finances, & I will be sharing some of that story in our new feature Frugal Fridays.
Each year, I chose a Word that helps me set my goals according to this theme for the upcoming year. In the past, I have chosen Grace, Faith, Priorities…….just to name a few. When I write out my goals, I keep this word in mind. My word helps me define a theme for the year.
My word for 2016 was Authentic. You can read that post here. For the past several weeks, I have been meditating and thinking and praying over my 2017 Word Theme. Several themes have flooded my thoughts and heart. I have had a very difficult time narrowing it down to one. So I believe the Lord would have me to do something completely different this year.
I have decided to set a New Theme each month.
This is completely different from any type of Goal setting I have done in the past & I am super stoked!!
I will chose a theme at the beginning of each month. Then I will write weekly…..Specific……Measurable…..Action…..focused goals to help achieve my desired out comes. I will Post updates weekly on my progress. This will have a dual purpose. It is not enough to just write down your goals (although that is a great start)…You must constantly put them before you! Goals without action are just dreams. If you would like more info on that you can read a post regarding action on goals here. This will also give me accountability!
In fact, this weekend my husband & I will sit down and actually write (with Pen & Paper) in our brand new 2017 notebook…..our goals. We have been discussing & working out the details of our goals for several weeks now. Let me state a little disclaimer…My husband has not always been a goal setter or on board with the whole “set written goals” idea. Actually quite the Opposite. In the beginning of our marriage, He couldn’t wrap his brain around the concept. You know what, I wrote the goals anyway. I kept doing it for me, and in a way for “us”. We (My hubby & I) also have a little secret to share with you all, that we will reveal in our Frugal Friday Segment which will start January 6th!!
You see there is soooo much power in the written word (Maybe that’s why God chose to send us HIS love letter & Instruction booklet in the form of the Bible) that I knew even if He wasn’t on board, setting & writing goals would still have power in our lives, and I was right. It did not take too many years, and He was seeing that setting goals was making a difference in our lives, because even though He wasn’t an actual part of the process at that time, I would always share with Him what I had chosen and was working on…I love the verse that states husbands will be won with the conversation (Lifestyle) of their wives! 1 Peter 3:1…At that time my husband was not saved!
So if your Husband isn’t on board, don’t despair. If you are a Single woman even more reason to put feet to your goals!
If you’ve never set goals before, no worries.
Read our entire Goal Setting Series. It will help you get started.
Tomorrow I will post my January theme with weekly goals posted every Monday!!!!
Have a Safe & Happy New Year’s Eve!!!
Love & Blessings,
Note: Please keep Sandy & her family in your thoughts and prayers. There was an unexpected death in her family, and she has been ministering to her family this week. She has been absent here on the blog, but she will be back with her perspective on goal setting Single Mama style!!