Happy New Year!
Early January is one of my favorite times of the year because it gives us an opportunity to dream and plan for a new year of living. Last year, I accomplished all of my resolutions (except exercising every day, that wasn't a S.M.A.R.T goal) and I'm fired up to set new goals for 2015!
Resolutions are about creating habits that build the futures we want to live.
How am I going to live in 2015, so that I walk into 2016 happier, healthier, and more attune to God's work in my life?
As you can see from the graphic, I create a resolution for each area of my life: spiritual, creative, physical, professional, mental, financial, giving. Why? Joyce Meyer put it so well in my devotional for 2015 Hearing from God Each Morning:
God designed us with bodies, souls (minds, wills, and emotions), and spirits, and He expects us to take care of all these areas. Exercising our bodies and caring for our souls takes time and effort. Our minds need to grow and be renewed daily. To stay balanced and healthy, we must take time to take care of our entire being. We say we don't have time to seek God, but the truth is that we make time for what's most important to us.
I love the reminder that we make time for what's most important to us. Growing up, when I complained about busyness my mom would say, "people make time for what's most important." I need this reminder now as much as I did twenty years ago.
As we look at how we spend our time, what does it say is most important? What changes to we need to make so that our values align with our schedules?
If you'd like to make resolutions that cover each area of your lives, here are some questions to consider:
What habits can I develop to become spiritually stronger?
(If you're a wife and/or a mother, I'd add a line for those roles as well.)
As you're answering these questions, remember it's essential that the answers are S.M.A.R.T. goals: Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time Bound.
As an example, let's take the resolution to get in shape. "Get in shape" isn't specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, or time bound, but let's make it SMART!
Specific - What does getting in shape mean?
Measurable - How will you know you're succeeding?
By the number of times you got to the gym per week?
How can you track your progress week over week?
Assignable - Can you reach this goal?
Do you need buy-in from a partner?
Realistic - Is this goal attainable?
Time Bound - Can you accomplish this goal in a year's time?
If the answer is no, you may want to think about curating a Life List to hold your big dreams. As an example, I can't get my MBA next year, but I can take the GMAT and apply to grad school.
For more on resolutions and how I'm staying organized and accountable with my life planner, there's a video!
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How we are going to live in 2015 to walk into 2016 transformed?
Cheers to 2015,