Growing up and even into my adult life, the only thing I can seem to hear this time of year besides “Happy New Year, seems to be, “ Any New Year’s Resolutions this year?.. No? It doesn’t matter anyway, everyone gives up by February anyway.”
I have always been a goal oriented and motivated person. You tell me you want a report done, I want to accomplish it two days before you want it with more detail than you thought it needed. I just love attaining goals. This is why the “New Year’s Resolution” debacle always bothered me… sure there are ways to measure your resolutions, but how do you track them, and more importantly - what have you to show for it at the end of the year?
My father has been and still is in full time ministry. Every single year, he would always pull out a sheet of paper, envelope, napkin or whatever was laying around at the moment and jot down what he called, “10 Tangible Goals” for said year. I remember thinking, “Hmm, that’s a good idea. He’s a smart guy,” and then go about my non essential day. As I’ve become an adult, worked a few professional jobs and now with my husband have planted a church, I realized, this isn’t just a good idea, but a necessity in my life. Not every goal is to go conquer the world, but each one is measurable, attainable, and a betterment to my life spiritually, emotionally, or physically.
I’m going to share my goals (very sheepishly) in a minute as an example to you, but I encourage you this year, in 2019, to create some measurable, attainable TANGIBLE goals. Don’t choose things that aren’t easy to track such as “read more". Write down how many books you want to read this year. You will be better for it. I promise. It doesn’t have to be 10, but I do recommend you prioritize to only 10. The point is to attain these goals, not to be discouraged when you look at your list in June and think, “Yep - that’s not gonna happen.”
Looking back, you will be so surprised what you can accomplish, and there is an unseen power in writing them down and keeping them in your life. What I mean by “in your life,” is keep it in your normal activity. Whether you use a planner, read your Bible regularly, or have a special spot on the refrigerator - keep it in plain sight. Not as a haunting reminder, but as a prioritization for all the plates that spin in your life.
Below are my 10 Tangible goals for 2019:
Get into our new home
Go on an actual vacation that doesn’t relate to church or other familial obligations
Find a running buddy
Run a 5k with my daughter
Play guitar with my worship team on stage by my 34th birthday- however terrible that may be!
Start my daughters college fund.
Pay off my student loan and then save 15% towards retirement
Read 20 books
Run 1000 miles
Plan and save at least 50% for a trip to Disney World- take my daughter on her 7th birthday.
In 2018, We sold our house, began building a new one, hiked the Rim to Rim trail in the Grand Canyon with my father for his 60th birthday, my daughter started kindergarten, I hiked, ran, or biked a total of over 1700 miles and my husband and I completed our first year as senior pastors at Urban Hope Church in Flagstaff. You can change your life, but you have to do it one step, one day and one goal at a time.
Blessings to you this New Year! Seize this year and learn from last year.