I have never kept a New Years resolution for more than a week or two.
Goal setting? I gave up on that years ago.
Friend, can you guess where that has gotten me?
Yup- you’re right, NOWHERE.
I have been floating through the years, treating time like a renewable resource. Yes, some of it has been fruitful and life has certainly been “full” (aka crazy busy) but looking back, it’s more of a fog then a memory book which makes me sad.
I know that is not the legacy I want to leave behind.
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A switch flipped this 2016. A light peered into the darkness. It showed me all of the wasted time I’ve collected. I saw myself sitting amidst a pile of “hopeful some-days”.
After praying through the mess, one word emerged from the rubble and grabbed my heart.
Most of all, I want to be a good steward of this life God has so graciously given me. In order to be a good steward, I need to be intentional in all aspects of my life. Knowing this, I went to prayer and to work and created my plan to not totally fail this year, because let’s face it, I’m determined yet realistic 🙂
Here are 5 Ways I Set Myself up for Success!
I Built the Framework
- I evaluated what the main areas of my life were. Where do I have influence and responsibility? For me that looked like: My relationship with God, my health, my marriage, my kids, homeschooling and my business.
- For each area of focus, I picked 1-2 goals to set for the year. If you need a little help in this like I did, the Makeover Your Mornings course by Crystal Paine helped me to really narrow in on my goals by keeping it simple and being specific!
- Sprinkle in the “me”. I know myself. I know that my perfectionism procrastination gets me nearly every time! I also know that time bound goals are a huge way for me to help combat that. I had to look at what works for me. I didn’t go with a specific pre-set plan, that is great if you can, but I had to craft it to my personality and set myself up to battle against my weak areas that drag me down.
- Add a dash of “us”. I also had to take into account what our family’s strengths and weaknesses are and plan accordingly.
- Lastly I had to go back to my word and act on it. Intentional: done in a way that is planned or intended. I had to (and need to continue to) focus on stepping out in faith and actually take those small, specific steps that God calls me to along the way
Working Out My Non-negotiables
In addition to reviewing what was built into my framework, I needed to determine the steps absolutely needed In order to accomplish my goals. These steps become my non-negotiables. I have these broken down into daily and weekly.
Here is an example:
- Menu plan/Week plan
- Co-op class prep
- Family Day
- Exercise 3 x’s
- Accountability Call
Therefore, by taking the step above, you can easily create an “everyday” day schedule for those days that are actually normal! It will also be a great base schedule to work off of to add in those irregular events that we always have thrown in 🙂
And… if the kids are climbing the walls (or each other) and every-other-thing seems to be going wrong, but I actually get in these non-negotiables then it’s a good, good day!
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Talk to you soon,
O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul;
You have redeemed my life.
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