It’s January, a time we typically think of starting over, giving ourselves a mulligan, a fresh start. Yes, many of us make resolutions, but not me. At least not anymore.
Because my expectations are too high and the resolutions I make on December 31st, are almost always doomed for failure before the sun comes up on new years day. By the end of January I’m beating myself up for not fulfilling impossible promises. That’s what resolutions really are, promises with unrealistic expectations.
A couple of years ago I stopped making resolutions and started setting goals.
Stop making resolutions and start setting goals
You might say, Christy, goals are resolutions too.
Resolutions highlight failure. Goals show progress. A resolution is a declaration. A goal is a target.
When we set up a target, we have something to shoot for and if we miss by a little we know we need to aim a tad lower. On the other hand, if we over shoot our target, our aim needs to be higher. It’s just that simple. All in all goal setting helps us see where we’re making progress and where we need improvement. And that’s a good thing.
A while back Hubby had to read a book for work called Psycho-Cybernetics. He was having a hard time getting through it because it wasn’t exactly an espionage novel (that’s his topic of choice). I told him I would read it and underline what he needed to know. Ha!, much to his chagrin, I loved it and underlined almost every word. The book describes the human brain as a fine tuned machine God designed for success. And goal setting is how we get there. God set us up to be winners. He wants us to succeed!
I encourage you to set a few goals for 2015, for spiritual growth, relationships, family and friends, professional goals, and financial ones. When you do, keep in mind what Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians, “So we make it our goal to please him…”. To please Jesus should be at the center of every plan we make. If we do just that one thing, we can’t help but have a successful year.
Do you make a list of your goals? If so, what categories do you typically include?