Goal-setting used to make my stomach turn. Not jotting down New Year’s Resolutions on an office bulletin board. That’s cake. I mean real goal-setting. The kind where you announce, “I will do this thing!!!” And then go do it. For real. I’ve always been wonderful at declaring what I want to do, but having the fortitude to follow through? Not so much.
As we find ourselves in that quirky space between the wane of an old year and dawn of a new one, I notice that I’m at peace with goal-setting.
But the funny thing about goal-setting is that you’re never really done.
Like a laundry basket empty for five seconds, as long as we keep living, our goals will keep moving. And growing. And getting holes ripped in the jeans. And we’ll keep mending and tending until the day we die.
And that’s okay.
Because it’s about progress, not perfection.
That’s the heart behind Lara Casey’s PowerSheets. I’m fairly new to Lara’s work, but already I can see she’s got something special going on. Just read her end-of-year recap post. This woman truly makes things happen.
Just as I hoped, thinking about goal-setting in this way has alleviated my skepticism. PowerSheets tie goals to your core, to what’s most important. That means your goals may change, but your motivations don’t.
Here are my goals for 2015.
Here’s my heart.
- See & Savor Jesus More than anything else, I desire to become increasingly satisfied with Christ in 2015. Without him I have nothing to say. Nothing to do. Nothing to be.
- Establish Intentional Routines One discovery I made through PowerSheets is that most (if not all!) of what didn’t work for me in 2014 was due to a lack of planning and/or executing a plan I made. I think that’s largely due to not having a lifestyle supported by routine. I’m very prone to throwing things together. I used to be proud of that fact, but let me say that flying by the seat of your pants means you work your bum off and get nowhere. My prayer is that established routines will help me live a more paced and less chaotic life.
- Gut-Write I want to pursue more “gut-writing”. Here, on the blog, or on social media I purpose to only write if I have something to say.
- Say Yes To Saying No I am prone to over-committing and stretching myself thin because I often fear man more than God and compare my bandwith to others. This year, I’m going to start saying “No.” I can’t be all things to all people.
- Love Carson As My Daughter, Not My Responsibility It hurts my heart to admit I need this goal, but I do. Motherhood is joyful, but I am not intentional about pursuing the joy to be had. I want my heart to become more tender towards Carson in the new year.
- Bless Others I can be horribly self-centered. Yes, that’s an ugly truth about myself that I’d rather you not know. My desire this year is to be more alert and sensitive to the needs of others (in particular, my church family) and to be a blessing to them.
- Enrich The VictoriaEasterWilson.com Brand I want to make this online space more dynamic and set-up for longevity. That will mean offering more to you, my readers, through free resources and giveaways. It also will mean pursuing a few opportunities that will allow me to compensate my time online.
- Pray Earnestly I don’t pray enough. Prayer is powerful. I want to pray more.
- Appreciate Art I’d like to do more this year to cultivate creativity in myself, my home, and in others. One way we glorify our Creator God is to create. I want to appreciate more art in 2015.
- Share The Gospel I am unashamedly a Christian, but I am often hesitant to be explicit about my faith. It fires me up when people take a stand and stick to their guns on matters of importance. In 2015, I’m doing that with the most important matter of my life.
If you’re weirdly into goal-setting also, I recommend Jess Connolly’s tips on how to goal-set (and meet!) in this post.
If you’re interested in PowerSheets, you can follow the action by tracking any one of these hashtags: #PowerSheets, #MakeItHappen, #2015MyBestYearYet. (Know that I’m not getting anything for writing about PowerSheets, I just really am finding them useful!)
Are you planning for 2015? I would love to hear about your goals and what you’re doing to meet them in the new year!