Two years ago I radically changed the way that I viewed my life. That may sound a bit extreme, but hear me out.
Before New Year’s Day 2013, I would make the occasional “resolution” that was promptly forgotten by the end of the week–get up earlier, exercise more, think before I speak, etc. Now, these are all good things. The problem was not the resolutions themselves, but the lack of follow through. I didn’t make a plan.
In 2013, after some inspiration from Crystal at MoneySavingMom, I decided to change my resolutions into goals. Goals. Even the word has weight as it implies an action plan. I examined my priorities in life. For me these are:
- Personal Growth
I then made goals for each of these priorities. I chose reasonable, manageable goals that could be broken down into bite-sized pieces. These bite-sized pieces became my weekly goals, the steps I was taking toward reaching my big goals. In short, I had a plan.
I was a bit nervous about my first attempt at major goal-setting. What if I failed? What if my husband thought I was crazy? Was I just being too Type A? Was I setting myself up for disappointment?
I began the year with some excitement and trepidation. And it was one of the best experiences I have had. I went through the year with a sense of purpose. I knew where I was going and how I was going to get there. Did I reach all of my goals? Nope. But at the end of 2013, I was a heck of a lot closer to where I wanted to be than when I started.
Here, then, are my goals for 2015. I’ll be doing monthly updates to show the progress that I am making.
- Add high school certification to my teaching license
- Develop a remediation curriculum for middle school English
- Add 10 products to my Teachers Pay Teachers store
- Pray the Morning Prayers at least 4 times a week
- Read through the New Testament
- Read 3 spiritual books
- Do one family outing a month
- Have one date night a month (in or out of house)
- Watch 12 movies on AFI Top 100 list
- Complete the 30 Day Abs Challenge
- Run a 5K
- Publish one piece of writing
- Read 100 books
Do you set yearly goals for yourself? What are they?