Have you started setting your goals for 2015?
I started out trying to come up with a mission statement and goals for 2015. I want to change so many things. I knew I couldn’t do it all in 2015. I’ve tried that before in years past and failed miserably.
I thought maybe just choosing 1-2 goals for the entire year might be better. Surely, I could meet two goals. Then, I thought of how I am a procrastinator, quickly envisioning myself waiting until November to start. Yup, that’s me!
What I really want most in 2015 is to begin living a life that I absolutely love, instead of the one I think is expected of me. That is my focus for 2015. How will I get there?
I will live a life I absolutely love by making changes that are important to me. I’ve made a running list of the changes that would help me begin living a life I love. A running list allows me to modify it all I want to in 2015. If something no longer meets the criteria for “loving my life”, then it will be removed.
I’m going to choose 1-2 things from my list to work on in January. That gives me the 21 days to mold my new habit(s) and an extra week or so to continue and begin deciding on my 1-2 new habits for the next month.) In Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job, Jon Acuff talks about giving yourself a full month before revising or making changes. In his exact words: “Decide that every morning at 7:00, you’ll read for thirty minutes. And decide that once for the entire month.” This will help me a great deal as I tend to want to change my mind too much, resulting in no accomplishments.
Life-loving habits, ideas and goals for 2015:
* be more attentive to my children
* be the good wife we find in the Bible
* lose the belly fat
* read my Bible more
* strong legs (endurance)
* improved communication skills
* a clutter-free home that we can all enjoy
* a welcoming atmosphere within our home
* intentionally joyful
* more decisive
* strong arms
* strong core
* homeschool my son (not in 2015, but start preparing for it)
* see my husband as my best friend and team mate, not the enemy.
* be more prayerful
* give myself the space and time to write – it’s my therapy
* share what’s on my heart (blogging) instead of trying to filter it or follow all the rules that are stifling me
* get rid of all the clutter than weighs me down
* stop being a perfectionist and procrastinator
* simplify my systems and surroundings
* detox my body of sugar (mostly)
* hydrate my body (drink water as a regular habit)
* try new healthy recipes
* cook with my daughter
* consistent family Bible and prayer
* a schedule for my toddler so he knows what to expect
* family mission statement
* take a family picture (regardless of my weight) before my son graduates high school
* workout without making excuses or letting people get in my way
* decorate my home with pictures of loved ones (that are tucked away unseen)
* be more intentional about seeing extended family and loved ones (visiting or hosting game nights)
* be more involved in church
* seek out how God is using me or blessing me in circumstances or inconvenience
* read more books, even from my own unread collection
* read more with my toddler
* laugh more
* plan ahead instead of waiting until the last minute
* be organized (home and schedule)
* turn off the information overload and live
* adopt or foster a child (someday, not in 2015)
* help teens and children find their way to God
* help support the cause to stop child trafficking
There are more than twelve ideas here, but that’s okay. Because twelve new life-loving changes in 2015 will be way better than the zero changes I made in 2014! Did you notice that I didn’t number these? That would just overwhelm me. Bullet-points are friendlier until I get to my list of completed habits, which will be numbered. Then I can say “yay me!” Also, you may notice that my list is all over the place with health, family, work and personal goals mixed together. I attempted to organize the list and then stopped myself. That’s the perfectionist trying to step in and make it better. I said no! This is on my list for 2015. Did you see it up there?
Are you loving life as it is? What changes can you make to love your life more intentionally? What are your goals for 2015?