In my last post I gave you key information on preparing for a new year or a new season, which ever you would like to call it. If that post isn't fresh in your mind, stop now and read The End is Near. You can't pour new wine in an old wine skin. We can't fully step into the new if we're still full of the old, even if it was good.
After we've said good-bye to 2014 (last year, last season) in a healthy way and we've let our dreams go crazy huge, it's time to set some goals. I like to keep things simple and allow room for unexpected change. If you have a goal setting system that works for you, keep at it. If you haven't found one you love, feel free to try this one.
Before I go any further, I want to share why setting goals is so important. We often think of goals in a business sense and if we don't fit into that model, we figure they aren't for us. Let me remind you, when we plan a family vacation, one of the first things you do is pick a destination. The who, what, when, how long, mode of transportation, etc are all part of the planning process to make sure you have a successful vacation. You can't get where you're going if you don't know where you're going and how to get there. Life is the same. God has given us dreams (purpose) to fulfill, and there are "things" we want too. You can let life happen to you and take a chance that you'll magically fulfill your purpose and have a life you love, or you can set goals and live a healthy happy life of purpose.
Let's get started.
Set some time aside and grab that tablet that has the dreams you wrote down for 2015. Decide the key areas of your life you want to set goals for. Here are some examples; Health (body, mind & spirit), career, personal interests, relationships, family, self-development, etc. Take one page for each subject and label it. Under health, you may want to have a page for mind, body & spirit.
Invite God in and look at your crazy dreams you wrote down and insert where they belong. Then add what ever else you want to carry out this season under each topic. Keep it simple, but detailed and time specific. Some things might need to go in your life goals list and others might be completed in a months time. Here's an example: My weight loss goal this year is to lose 40 pounds and keep it off. I'll complete this goal by December of 2015. I'll do this by hiring a professional or professionals that will help me do this in a way that is health producing, safe and that will change me so I stay at my perfect weight.
Remember, it's like planning a vacation or a meal. Keep it simple and don't be afraid to dream huge and stretch yourself. Don't allow fear of failure to stop you. You're Worth It!