For 2014, I’ve made a new set of personal goals. I’ve done this before with some success and some failure, but this year I’m doing something I’ve never done before.
I’m writing my goals down.
I’m writing my 2014 goals down everywhere. I’m writing them on sticky notes, in folders, on my desktop, on my office bulletin board! I want to have a constant, year-long reminder of the goals that I felt would stretch me mentally, physically, and spiritually.
I read a study recently that suggested the best strategy for reaching goals is to write them down, make action steps, and setup accountability with others. Those in the study that did all three parts to the strategy were able to accomplish 76% of the things they set out to do. (Click to read Forbes Article on Goals or Article on Dr. Matthews Research)
I’ve made the goals and written them down. I’m in the process of making some action steps, which is much harder! When I make it to the third step, I’ll probably lean on my wife for the accountability to follow through with everything.
Here are my five goals for 2014 with a brief explanation for each:
1. Grace, Grace, Grace
The more I understand God’s Grace, the more overwhelmed I become. In 2014, I want to study more about God’s Grace, how He demonstrates it throughout Scripture, and what it means for my life. The other two “Graces” are reminders to pay attention to the grace I’m given and give much more grace to others–specifically my kids.
2. Read 12 Books
With work, 2 kids, and a multitude of other distractions, reading has been on a steady decline. I hope to read more than 12 books, but reality tells me that I’ll be lucky to get one a month! I’ll try to share more about the books I’m reading throughout the year.
3. Publish 100 Blog Posts
The decline in reading is matched by my decline in writing. My hope is that I can share a lot more this year about what God is teaching me about Grace and what I’m currently reading, especially how it all relates to preteen ministry.
4. 12 Date Nights–WITHOUT KIDS
I love my wife. I also love my daughters, but I’ve realized that I still love my wife more. So, I am going to ditch the rugrats and have more time with Dana! Those of you without kids probably think this is too easy of a goal, but, trust me, it’s not. We’ve discovered this takes planning and dedication. Anyone know a good babysitter?
5. Run 700 miles
Over the past 4 years, I’ve taken up the sport of running but I’ve lacked consistency. In October, I started running more frequently and averaging 50-60 miles per month. At this pace, I’ll break the 700 mark, but I’ve given my self some space for when laziness or busyness gets in the way.
What goals have you made for 2014 and have you written any of them down?