Welcome to 2019 Goal Setting, Part 3 (go visit Part 1 and Part 2 before you dig in here or move on to Part 4 and Part 5)! Oooooh, this is getting good! We have some fun things to do together today. Ready?
As we talked about in Part 1, we’re doing this goal-setting thing differently. We’re not choosing goals out of thin air, or because of comparison. We’re not doing fleeting resolutions or quick fixes that don’t fix anything at all.
Right, friends?! I’m so glad you’re with me on this!
You see, what most of the world misses is that our goals are already there.
Deep below the surface, where the fiery good stuff lives.
It’s just a matter of peeling back the layers of fear and all the things to get to them.
I’m so excited for you today!
At our shoot for the 2019 collection! Treasured Cultivate friends and REAL LIFE PowerSheets® users.
STEP 7: What are you going to need to say YES to more often in order to cultivate what matters in 2019, and what are you saying NO to?
Saying no to one thing means you are saying yes to something better!
Write your list of what you are saying YES to in 2019 and what you are saying NO to. There are no wrong answers here, friends. Look back through everything you’ve written through this series so far, and making your lists will be easy!
Here’s a peek at what I’m saying yes and no to from my PowerSheets…
These lists are so important! When we say yes and no, we are making decisions. Download my free Intentional Year List printable below (instant download)!
You may find some of your 2019 goals coming to the surface in these lists—they serve to summarize where you’re going and where you DON’T want to go in the year ahead.
STEP 8: Here’s where the magic starts to happen! Read over all you’ve written so far and circle, mark, or sticker things that stand out to you. Look for common threads or themes in what you’ve written. Add to what you’ve written, if needed. Get out a highlighter or a big bold pen and get messy here! Dig through what you’ve written so far, and notice the threads.
This step took me a good 25 minutes, FYI. I went back and read every word I wrote in my PowerSheets prep and highlighted, circled, and stickered things that stood out—things that really mattered to me and things that kept coming up.
The threads point to places that are craving cultivation—patches of your life that are waiting to be transformed.
The threads are little golden strings that tie your goals together.
The threads are your goals in the making.
Let’s do some treasure hunting and find them!
What themes are you seeing in what you’ve written so far? Maybe you’re looking at the threads and wondering if you’re missing something. Maybe the themes you are seeing don’t feel “groundbreaking.”
If that’s you, I hope what I’m about to say sinks in deep: goals don’t have to be shiny and “big” to be powerful. What they need to be, though, is real. Connected to the big picture. Authentic to you and your unique path, right where you are.
Maybe you keep thinking about wanting a better system for the paperwork that piles up in your house.
Maybe thoughts of sitting down together at the dinner table as a family a few nights a week keep coming to mind.
Maybe you want to get to know your neighbors.
Or maybe you want to spend more time outside.
Is reading more on your list of things you are saying yes to in 2019?
How about being present and turning the phone off at 9 pm?
These things are important—just as important as starting a new business or running a marathon. Why? Let’s look a level deeper and start to uncover some big picture, cultivated goals that are right below the surface…
Our 7-year peach saga was the sweetest reminder of His faithfulness! I have learned many lessons in the garden, but the greatest is trust. Keep going. Keep tending. Keep trusting.
Taking care of paperwork frees your brain up to focus on more important things, and clutter-free surfaces leave you ready for dinner prep or craft projects.
Dinner together strengthens your family’s bond and gives you a conversation opportunity with your kiddos.
Knowing your neighbors could be a great local support system (and of course, they’re good for the odd cup of sugar, too!).
Getting outside for fresh air and a quick walk may help give you space and perspective to tackle challenges and make meaningful decisions.
Reading more may open your understanding of people’s stories, helping you to grow in compassion.
And being present and turning the phone off at 9 pm will most likely give you a greater connection with your loved ones and better sleep, which makes everything better!
Now is the time to get your 2019 PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner! You’ll get 15% off with the code BESTYEAR2019!
Cultivated goals are about growing what you’ve been given well—what you already have.
Those themes that keep popping up? The things on your yes/no list that you can’t get out of your mind?
These little threads are illuminating your path forward. Notice them. Mark them. And take a shovel and dig into them.
This is cultivating.
Tilling your growing ground, digging in deep, and preparing for new growth.
STEP 9: Pick a word for 2019. When you look at all you’ve written so far, what word keeps popping up in your mind? What one word most resonates with you for the year ahead, summarizing what you want to focus on?
Here are some tips to help you uncover your word:
First, I like to make a list of a few possible words that resonate with me, even if I think they aren’t exactly right.
My list for 2019 included:
- Discern – a suggestion from Ari – ask close friends and loved ones, if that helps you!
- Cultivate – big surprise, no? 😉
- and Heart
My 2019 Word of the Year?
I didn’t think I would ever choose this as a Word of the Year, but that’s the beauty of this process! Taking time to go through the PowerSheets process and write to you here, search scripture, and pray about where the Lord wants me to go in 2019, helped me see it clearly. Taking time to cultivate my goals slowly and intentionally, I peeled back the layers and found the unexpected.
You’re about to, too!
How did I confidently decide on Heart? I looked through all I had written in my PowerSheets, I marked the threads – or themes, and then I got out the dictionary! Make your list of possibilities and then look at the definition of each word, its origin, and any synonyms and antonyms. I love using BlueLetterBible.org to look up the Greek, Hebrew, and related verses, too. You may be amazed at what you discover!
Heart kept coming up for me, resonating with me, and summarizing all I need to focus on in 2019.
Have some ideas about your word, but worried you’ll choose the wrong one?? Take the pressure off! Think about this as a word for the season ahead, not for all of time. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and you have permission to change your mind later on! (In the PowerSheets, you’ll do a goal refresh every three months because, as we grow and change, our goals do too—no pressure needed!)
Repeat after me: it doesn’t have to be perfect. DONE is better than perfect!
Once you have your word, I’d love for you to share it here in the comments. Give a virtual high five to those who might have the same word as you—we are bound to have some shared words!
Now, do something with your word.
Write your 2019 word in prominent places in your life. On days you feel overwhelmed or need some direction, your word will help remind you of where you are going. This will help keep you from getting distracted and off track. Put your word on a sticky note in your car. Put it on a note literally inside of your fridge (I’ve done that!). Make it your computer desktop or phone lock screen. Write it anywhere and everywhere to remind yourself of where you are going!
You can even download one of our hand-lettered iPhone wallpapers! (Casey, our Art Director, is so talented, isn’t she!?)
How fun, right?! (Share this with your friends so they can be reminded of their words, too!)
A fun bonus step that has consistently helped me stay focused on my word of the year and my goals: make a 2019 playlist or choose a 2019 song to kick off the year! Listen in to my 2019 playlist here. I’d love to hear what your 2019 song is, if you have one!
Your turn! Today’s Goal Uncovering Steps:
7. What are you saying yes and no to in 2019?
8. What threads are you seeing? What themes are you discovering under the surface?
9. What is your word for 2019? I can’t wait to hear!
And your optional bonus step: choose a song for 2019!
Whew, this was fun! I love doing this work with you, and I’ll be back on Friday for Part 4. Till then, I’m launching a podcast tomorrow on my 39th birthday. Ahhhhh!!!!
Need some extra motivation? The Ultimate New Year’s Giveaway is on! I hope this gives you a little extra encouragement to share your answers as we go through this series. One person who comments with answers to every step in this series will win a bonus prize: one of everything from the Cultivate What Matters® Shop! Yes!!! This includes 2019 PowerSheets, the new Celebrations Binder, a Goal-Setting Sticker Book, your choice of Make it Happen zipper pouch, my books, and so much more! There are 35 prizes, so that means 35 of you are going to win one of these prizes—it could be YOU. (Including international friends!)
— 10 sets of 2019 PowerSheets to help 10 of you cultivate your BEST year yet!
— A Goal Guide Bundle to help you dig deeper on your specific goals.
— Five signed copies of Cultivate.
— Five signed copies of Make It Happen.
— One Write the Word All Seasons Collection to help you cultivate fresh faith all year long.
— A gift card (YES!) for a massage to kick off your year refreshed!
— A Balanced Life membership – get moving and motivated with a year of at-home pilates!
— A Floret Flowers puzzle (it’s double-sided and so much fun!)
—A Revelation Wellness membership with a ‘Wellness Kickoff Package” to cultivate your health in the New Year.
— One Artifact Uprising album to document the people and experiences that matter most to you.
— An Emily Ley Simplified Planner to keep your schedule organized in the new year.
— Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course—a life-changing experience to help you pursue financial freedom.
— One Val Marie Paper Yearly Prayer Journal. I’ll be using one this year, too!
— A Hello Fresh box to keep you fueled with good food.
— One Art Bar canvas (up to $150 value) to brighten your walls.
— A Fitbit to help you celebrate your literal steps forward.
— An Amazon Alexa to keep you dancing.
SHARE THIS SERIES WITH YOUR PEOPLE. Don’t keep all this goodness to yourself! I’d be so grateful if you spread the word about this free series. Email this kick-off post to your friends, tweet it, ‘gram it (here are lots of shareable graphics for you to make it easy!), text it—sing it to the rooftops! Let’s get all our friends in on this so they can feel as refreshed and clear about 2019 as we will. Here’s to our best year yet together—starting now!
Giveaway ends January 30th. Winners will be announced on January 31st here on the blog. Hard goods are for US entrants only. If you don’t claim your prize within 48 hours, another winner will be selected, so mark your planners and stay posted! 🙂 This post contains affiliate links.
P.S. There is nothing magical about January 1st, so pick up your PowerSheets and get started now! You’ll get 15% off with the code BESTYEAR2019. P.P.S. If you’re not sure which cover fits your personality most, take the goal-setting personality quiz!