When it comes to a new year, a lot of people tend to make resolutions. Have you ever met the person that said they were going to go to the gym only to quit before January was over? Have you met the person that was going to stop eating fast food only to cave when McDonald’s reintroduced Monopoly?
Call it lack of determination, laziness or whatever you want to call it. I am not sure that resolutions work well. Resolutions sound good but you they do not give you a tangible goal. They are great for giving you the big idea or the big picture but horrible for showing you results that you can measure.
If resolutions work for you, great. Keep going!
I am not a resolutions person. I am a goals person.
Setting small goals help you get to the big picture idea. Goals can be planned and help you to think strategically. On the way to the goal, you can re-evaluate and look to see if you need to make different adjustments to reach your goal or if the goal itself needs to be changed.
When you achieve a goal, celebrate it. No matter how big or how small, celebrate the achievement of reaching your goal.
I would like to share with you my goals for 2014. I hope that they encourage, challenge or inspire you to set goals of your own this year.
Here are my fourteen goals for 2014:
- I want to write more. I want to write 500 words a day and blog almost everyday this year.
- Read all the books that I have downloaded.
- Read all of the books that I own that I have not read yet.
- Give more to my church and to others than I have ever given before.
- Publish a devotional and a children’s book.
- Get off blood pressure medicine by my 40th birthday.
- Help my three year old learn to write his name.
- Focus on family time and not be on my phone when it is family time.
- Take my wife on more dates.
- Read a book a week or 52 books this year.
- Help my three year old learn to read this year.
- Give others the opportunity to lead.
- Help others learn to make disciples well.
- Have more of a consistent family time around the Bible and share with each other about the events of the day or what events and plans our family has coming up.
Those are my goals for 2014.
What are yours?