Annual Goals…..where to start? As I began to think about 2014, resolutions never entered my mind. It wasn’t about resolving anything, or solving anything, or being determined or deciding or having courage (all listed under the definition of resolution). It was about paying attention, listening to the small clear voice, taking note and being mindful. There were certainly ideas, hopes, dreams, wishes, maybes and someday’s; however, it became clear that I was to plan my year, write it down, read it back, pray over it, be wise, edit it, and pay attention to the inner desires and longings to get to the heart of the matter.
I began by listing my top five values in life….Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness and Fun….and then listing ideas for growth under each of these categories with a date of completion. And then I prayed. As I began to feel anxious that it was too much, not obtainable or out of balance, I adjusted the timeline (not the ideas) to a more realistic plan. I then prayed some more. It became clear and comfortable and solid. I then looked at the entire list and briefly noted how each action item related to my top five strengths…Positivity, Connectedness, Learner, Belief and Intellection. I prayed again and began to feel a pull toward accomplishment.
I then rearranged each item under headings of daily, weekly, monthly, annually and voila… goals and timelines complete.
Of course, there are many other things besides what are on this list; however, these are the growth items that need to be accomplished and are important enough to be taken on as action items, not “someday” thoughts.
(I recently learned that “someday” is not a day….and had to call my daughter to tell her that someday is today….and that if there was anything I promised to her that we would someday do, today was the day to do it. The only thing she could remember was a trip to Disneyland and as we had already taken many trips to Disneyland, I was off the hook. However, I asked her to remind me if something else comes to mind that I had promised we would do someday, and we would drop everything and do it. This was a heartfelt conversation with some tears as my daughter relived how many times I had said “someday”….and it was never to be or to happen.)
Here is the first list….with the action items listed under my top values:
First goal for 2014: Create Goals
Faith–Take the Perspectives Course; study the Bible, journal and pray; fast for 21 days; serve with LIFE International; serve on Missions Council at church; serve as peer counselor for Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network (TCPN)
Family–Visit Cousins in WA; Visit brother and sister-in-law in NH
Finances–Sign up for Social Security, train 20 new business partners
Fitness–Swim two miles a week, eat mindfully (plant-based whole foods), drink 32 oz PiMag water daily
Fun–Golf weekly during the summer; blog weekly, find fun in everything
I added a few more goal topics just for fun:
Relational–Be present in every conversation and share from my heart; invite company for dinner monthly
Emotional–Attend Deeper Still Retreat in Knoxville
Organizational–Finish kitchen and laundry room remodel; finish painting inside of house; organize household and paperwork
Mental–Read two books of fiction; listen to Ted Talks
Share–Join Toastmasters; write a blog
Then I broke it down into annual, monthly, weekly and daily goals:
January–Write goals for 2014; Start Perspectives Course; sign up for social security; take blog training
February–Finish remodel and painting the inside of our house, organize household and paperwork
March–Set up household cleaning schedule; join Toastmasters
April–Spring Break w/Boys; Daniel Fast for 21 days prior to Easter
May–Complete the Perspectives Course
June–Two speaking opportunities in Seattle; visit cousins in WA
July–Visit brother-in-law and family in NH; Attend Deeper Still Retreat in Knoxville
December–Start 2015 goal planning; celebrate!!
Daily–Study the Bible, pray and journal, practice mindful eating, drink 32 ounces of PiMag water, find fun in everything, be present in every conversation and share from my heart, listen to a Ted Talk.
Weekly–Swim two miles, golf in the summer; serve as peer counselor for TCPN, attend Toastmasters, write a blog posting
Monthly–Train three new team members; invite company for dinner
Annually–Travel with LIFE International; read two books of fiction
So….Lord willing…my goals are set. Here is a visualization of 2014:
One more step will be to record these photos and goals into the Shadow Puppet app, read it out loud and carry it with me every day….
What I am getting out of this whole process is a new sense of balance, purpose, mindfulness and fun!