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Setting Goals: How to Set a Goal for the New Year that Changes You

Mountain - goal settingDo you have a practice of setting goals?

Do you set New Year’s resolutions or goals for the coming year? I’m working on setting goals this year in a different way than I ever have before. I’m pushing towards making this a year that I get closer to being the absolute best version of myself. I want to stretch my sense of possibility and think much bigger than what I think that I can achieve. The thing about goals is it’s not really about achieving the goal in the end. It’s more about who you become in the process of pursuing it. So it benefits you to choose a goal that stretches you. In this post I will share the tactics I’m following for this year’s goals. I have been listening to Brian Johnson of Optimize.me and Brooke Castillo of The Life Coach School for guidance on goal setting.

The process:

I’m starting by evaluating what I want in 3 major areas of my life:

Energy

Where do I get my energy to be a high performer? My energy comes from my spiritual practice, nutrition that fuels me, and exercise.

Family

How do I cultivate my relationships with my family to be an exemplary wife, daughter, mom and Gammy? I have to be intentional about deepening relationships with those I love.

Service

How am I using my gifts and talents in service to others? How do I show up in the world? Can I create value for others?

The next step is to brainstorm all my possible goals in these 3 areas. I wrote these down on paper and just let my brain flow. I do this over the span of a few days because the more I activate my mind the more ideas I come up with. Then I chose the ONE goal that helps me to achieve all the other goals. This will be my focus for the coming year.

Think Bigger

Next I am going to think bigger and move the target on that one goal to a level that I feel is impossible to achieve. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and risk failure. That’s where the change happens. My plan is to fail early and fail often for the lessons that failure will provide for me.

We fear failure but in reality it is only in failing that we grow. If a baby was too afraid to fall he would never learn to walk. Each time he falls he fails in his attempt. But in getting up again his muscles become stronger and he becomes more practiced at walking. The falling and getting up again is actually what makes him stronger. Soon he is a master at walking and learns to run. As I’m writing this one of my favorite worship songs is running through my head.

I could just sit
I could just sit and wait for all Your goodness
Hope to feel Your presence
And I could just stay
I could just stay right where I am and hope to feel You
Hope to feel something again
And I could hold on
I could hold on to who I am and never let You
Change me from the inside
And I could be safe, oh
I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home
Never let these walls down
(Called Me Higher by All Sons and Daughters)
We have the option of staying in our comfort zones. We can stay the same year after year and feel unfulfilled. Or we can answer the call to a higher purpose and stretch our belief. This is that year for me. How about you?

Planning for Failure

So I am planning to set a big goal and then actively think about all the ways I will fail in trying to reach it. I’m not talking about failure where I just don’t do anything and say, “See, I failed.” I am talking about planning targets towards my goal that stretch me. I may fall down in reaching for them. But each time I pick myself up I will have learned something valuable and grown a bit stronger.

The rest of the song goes something like this:

But You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I’ll go where You will lead me Lord
And I will be Yours, oh
I will be Yours for all my life
So let Your mercy light the path before me

Do you want to set big goals this year? I’d love to help and to encourage you. Comment below and let me know what goals you’d like to reach for. Let’s make this the best year yet!

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Janis Cox says

Hi there, I am trying to find God’s goals for me this year. Working on it. So far I have heard the word, “go forth”. So I am seeing where He is pointing.
Blessings
Janis

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