I have to admit that setting goals is EXCITING for me.  I used to set 5 goals in five areas each month for a total of 25 a month.  I’m sure you can imagine what happened — I got overwhelmed and bored and dropped half of them in two weeks. Now I try to tackle one goal in four areas each month, and that makes it manageable.

My students at school set goals each month in the same four areas: Physical, Mental (educational), Relationships (emotional), Spiritual.  I got these areas from the books My Orange Duffel Bag and My Roadmap by Sam Bracken.  I had the opportunity to meet Sam in 2016 and I now incorporate these books into my curriculum.  The mini writing projects can be found in Write About It.

We also talk about writing S.M.A.R.T. and positive goals.
Action based 
Time based

The purpose of goals is to give your dreams a direction. Without goals, how do you know if you are headed the way you want to be going? My students often complain about having to set goals, but in our weekly individual conferences, they get excited to talk to me about their progress.

Now for the hard part: putting my money where my mouth is 🙂 I’ve decided to publicly work on one goal a month. You are going to be my accountability partners — I will check in monthly to let you know what I’ve learned in my reading, what progress I’ve made, and be honest about what is working and not working.  I would love to hear what you think about the books as well, so grab a copy and join me!

Round 1:

Mental: By January 30, 2019, I will write a family value and mission statement that will direct intentional family decision making as we make family goals for the 2019 year. (Book: Living Your Legacy; change your story, impact your world, and become a visionary leader by Sharon Olson). Matthew 16:15

Physical: I will put into action 2 concepts learned from reading Money Making Mom as I follow the Financial Fitness program.  I will do this by the end of February 2019. (Book: Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine). Matthew 13:12

Spiritual: I will journal my reading of He Speaks to me in order to reflect where my next spiritual goal needs to be focused.  I will post my reflection by April 30, 209. (Book: He Speaks to Me by Priscilla Shirer).  Psalm 46:10

Relationship: I will intentionally teach the kids about positive attitudes using 2 concepts discovered in the book Attitude is Everything.  As a family, we will set down a What if . . . chart for rewards and consequences of having a negative attitude by March 31, 2019.

Round 2:

Mental: I will set an appointment with a financial adviser to look over my budget, help with a debt snowball, and assist with getting my independent contractor taxes figured out by July 31, 2019.  (Book: Money Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn). James 1:5

Spiritual: In order to better teach the kids at home and at school about being the good in their world, I will write lesson plans for school and help my middle three find ways to volunteer by August 31, 2019.  (Book: It’s Your World- If You Don’t Like It, Change It by Mikki Halpin). Matthew 25:40

Relationship: In order to build a closer relationship with ladies that strengthen me, I will start up a Book Club and plan four activities by June 30, 2019. (Book: The Gift of Friendship edited by Dawn Camp). Proverbs 18:24 

Physical: By May 31, 2019 I will have a summer job schedule to help get rid of the entitlement attitude and to foster cooperation.  (Book: Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma). Isaiah 38:1

Round 3:

Mental: For the month of October, I will identify the top three fears that are holding me back from taking next steps in my business, and write the steps I will take to dispel them so I can move forward.  (Book: Fearless by Max Lucado)

Spiritual: I will study the life of the Apostle Paul and identify three areas I need to improve my leadership skills by November 15, 2019. By the end of November, I will have a plan of action for myself in those three areas. (Book: Paul and His Team by Ryan Lokkesmoe)

Relationship: (Book: Boundaries by Henry Cloud and James Townsend)


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