Let’s dig in!
Remember how you felt when you started this series just a few posts ago? Equal parts nervous and excited, maybe?
What would you uncover in this process? Would it be hard? Would you be able to follow-through? Would you be adding to your plate instead of simplifying things?
But, you felt the fear and dove in anyway. You stepped outside of your comfort zone, and that says a lot about you!
Look where you are NOW.
— You are doing goal setting differently than you’ve done it before.
— You are NOT choosing goals out of thin air or because of comparison or fear or trying to keep up.
— You, my friend, are uncovering what matters. And that changes everything!
You’ve blown me away in this series and you’re getting ready to choose your best goals for 2020—goals you can’t wait to get started on. I’m so excited for you!
REFRESH YOUR MIND
First, let’s refresh our minds as we begin! Review everything you’ve written so far. Like we talked about in Part 2, look for the threads or themes in what you’ve uncovered so far.
I can’t believe what I would have missed had I not reviewed everything again with fresh eyes. Here’s what I found…
— The biggest thing that keeps popping up—my clearest thread—is spending time with my physical Bible and growing a richer faith.
— I also circled and highlighted many things that have to do with solitude, moving my body, and helping our children delight in good things. (See my word of the year popping up??)
WRITE GOAL IDEAS FOR 2020
Now that our minds are refreshed, let’s write out some goal ideas! Make a list of “goal ideas” for the year that help you live out what matters in the big picture. Your goal ideas don’t have to be perfectly written—just write what comes to mind first when you think about the big picture. Feel free to share some of your goal ideas in the comments, too!
Check your goal ideas to make sure they’re worth spending your time on. Let’s sort through the goal ideas and see if we can find any weeds. It’s easy to make goals that sound good or goals that look like other people’s. Let’s not do that 🙂
The idea here is to do your life well, not to give yourself a new to-do list of random things that sound good or things we think we “should” have on our lists because everyone else does. Maybe those things aren’t right for you in this season—or ever. Be intentional about how you decide to spend your time, with your own unique gifts and talents and resources. How you spend your time is how you spend your life. Check each of your goal ideas to see if they are leading you in the right direction.
Do a GOAL CHECK and ask these essential questions:
— Will this goal help me to cultivate what matters?
— Will this goal help me get to where I want to be when I’m eighty years old?
— Does this goal help other people?
— WHY do I want to make this goal happen? Am I desiring this goal for the right reasons, or am I striving for “perfect”—or whatever I’ve been chasing?
Download a free printable checklist (direct download) below!
If the answer is NO to any of these questions, then it’s possible it’s not the best use of your time. Don’t run in circles with goals that don’t directly connect to what matters most in the big picture. Cross goals out that don’t fit. Be bold and take leaps of faith as you write!
If you are a believer like me, here are some additional questions I’m asking myself (there’s so much more for you in my God + Goals 5-day reading plan on the YouVersion Bible app!).
— Does this goal help draw me and others closer to God?
— Is this goal rooted in God’s truth? (Find scriptures to support it!)
— Does this goal rely on my strength or God’s?
— Does this goal help me steward what I’ve been given well?
Yep! I have a printable for these questions if you want them, too! Download it below (direct download)…
WRITE YOUR WHY
When I was a personal trainer in New York for many years, I had a client come to me and say, “I want to lose 20 pounds because that’s what I weighed in college.”
Can you guess how far a goal like that will take someone?
You guessed it! About the same distance between my thumb and my pinky!
When we dug deeper into what mattered to him in life and where he wanted to be when he was 80, a picture of true fitness started to emerge. Instead of, “I want to lose 20 pounds because that’s what I weighed in college” (not very motivating and more self-defeating), his goal changed to, “I want to be healthy and strong so that I can walk my daughter down the aisle. I want to live a long, happy life so I can be a better husband and show my kids how to be joyful and healthy, too.”
That goal worked.
That was motivating.
Get real with why you want these things to happen and connect them to something that really matters to you. This is the key to achieving your goals instead of tossing them aside.
There is so much goodness to come when we write our 2020 goals in the final post in this series coming December 27th using a special method I’ll tell you about then. For now, keep making a mess and digging into that rich growing ground of yours!
Your turn! Today’s Goal Uncovering Steps:
—Write your goal ideas.
—Check your goals with The Intentional Goal Setting Checklist.
—Write down your WHY with every goal idea.
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