Welcome to Part 1 of the 10th Annual Goal Setting Series! Looking for Part 2? Here you go! 🎉
Friends! This post officially marks a decade of our annual Goal Setting Series together! 10 years! I’m a bit at a loss for words as I write to you, thinking back on how much has changed in the last decade—and the things that have remained true all those years.
One of those things that has been a constant is YOU and your kindness. You’ve encouraged me over this decade when I was the one trying to encourage you. You are generous and wonderful, friends!
Over the last 10 years, we’ve shared our fears, our hopes, our blunders, and our victories together. What a gift! I never imagined I’d be writing this series for so long—or how it would impact me personally.
There have been wild things that have happened because of this series – from a book contract to Oprah calling (true story) to a partnership with Southern Living to goals achieved and meeting people from all over the world.
But, the very best thing, above all, is how my faith has grown. Some people think goals are narrow targets that you have to strive for at the expense of everything else (which is why most people abandon them—totally unsustainable and not true!).
I’ve learned something quite different. I think we’ve learned it together. Cultivated goals are leaps of faith, believing in what we can’t yet see because they’re worth it. They’re worth the risk and faith to dream about what matters, no matter the outcome—or how life changes. Our circumstances may change; what matters remains the same. The alternative to intentional faith-filled steps forward is something you and I decided long ago we didn’t want. In fact, it wasn’t even an option: going through the motions. Aimlessly wandering through life. No, thank you. I’ll take the beautiful risk of faith any day.
A la Oprah, it feels fitting to share the 10 Things I Know For Sure from the last 10 years together! 🎉
10. There’s no such thing as perfect progress on a goal. All progress is imperfect (case in point!). And it’s okay to be scared—sometimes being nervous means something is really important to you.
6. We can’t do it all and do it all well, but we can choose to cultivate what matters. That means saying no to distractions and a big passionate YES to all the rest.
5. Small steps add up and good things grow little by little—not all at once.
3. PowerSheets work. Writing down our goals makes us 42% more likely to achieve them.
2. Our days are numbered—and we should LIVE them!
1. God is real. Nothing is impossible with Him.
10 years ago, I had never been on a hike, Cultivate What Matters didn’t exist, PowerSheets were just an idea in my head, I wouldn’t even think about letting my hair down, I didn’t have kids, I was NOT a gardener, my husband had yet to become a rapper and go viral, and 10 years ago our marriage was a mess.
I was a different person, friends. Now, I know for sure that God can change anything and anyone. I’m living proof—and I’m so grateful He’s not done with me yet!
Looking back at the last 10 years gave me SO MUCH passion to live out the next 10, Lord willing, with great faith. The best is yet to come!
And it all starts here. Up next week, I’ll be sharing a look back at 2020 with a year in review post. Then, on December 30th, I’ll be sharing my 2021 PowerSheets goals.
Yes, this series is simplified this year! It feels fitting, given all we know for sure, that this would be the year to shift things. Just like I had to let go of the podcast this year to focus on homeschool in this season—I am doing things differently for this Goal Setting Series.
I can’t do it all (you know that!), and I hope this invites you to remember the same and let go a little bit to make room for life. Instead of a step-by-step series, I’ll be sharing my process here in two simple posts, and Team Cultivate will be walking you through all the rest – with me coaching you step-by-step in some really fun videos! Get your PowerSheets and dig into Goal School! You are already loving it!
A big thank you to everyone who entered! What a joy it was to hear your responses and get to chat with you in the comments! Congratulations to our winners below! If you’re a winner, please email [email protected] to collect your prize within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected!
But, I couldn’t pass this milestone without a 10-Year Goal Setting Series giveaway—one of everything in the Cultivate shop (YES!!) – Rebecca Walters, a pair of AirPods – Allison Lieuwen, a scholarship to Financial Peace University – Sara Driscoll and an Echo Dot –Courtney Doi! Enjoy these yourself or have New Year’s gifts for everyone you know! 🙂 Simply comment to enter and we’ll choose winners in early January. Bonus points if you share this post with friends!
See you next week and, till then, get out there! Get your hands dirty, smell the roses, and cultivate what matters : )
Your turn! Have you been doing this series with me for years? What do you know for sure from the last 10 years? Where were you 10 years ago, and what has changed since then? I’d love to hear!
P.S. Shhhh. A special 10-year celebration discount just for you. 🎉 Get 25% off anything in the shop with code 10YEARS now! Code is valid through January 1. Happy shopping, friends! I’m so grateful for you!
Ready for Part 2? Get to it!