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 that focuses on one of 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.  Mini writing projects can be found in Write About It.

Are your Goals S.M.A.R.T. ?

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.

Vision Boards

This year I’m going to add another piece to my goal setting: vision boards.  I’m going to be doing a class on vision boards twice this year, and I would love to have you join me!  I’ve learned some ways to use them more effectively, and I’m excited to try it out and share it with you.

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:  For 10 minutes daily in the month of January 2020, I will work on destroying the lies I tell myself, and write five positive declarations to post on my vision board.  (Book: You are a Bada$$ by Jen Sincero) Jeremiah 29:11

Physical: I will implement a set schedule to track my daily exercise to increase my physical and mental health byMarch 31, 2020.  (Book: Yoga; the poetry of the body by Rodney Yee) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Spiritual: By February 29, 2020 I will have two pictures posted on my vision board in the areas of family, financial, charity, travel, and legacy posted in my WHY I do what I do so I can set my intentions daily. (Book: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl) James 4:3

Relationship: In order to build better relationship with my kids, I will accept three challenges from Jill’s book and do them with my kids by April 30, 2020 (Book: Born to Be Wild by Jill Baughan) Proverbs 31:28

Round 2:

Mental:  To stop self-sabotaging thoughts, I will complete the Mental Affluence steps (pages 137-160) and update my daily declarations by August 30, 2020. (Book: Mastering Affluence by Carol Tuttle) 1 Corinthians 6:12

Spiritual: In order to better understand the judgement of Jesus before his crucifixion, I will study the life of Pontius Pilate and make note of four things I’m doing in my own life that reflects the bad leadership of this man in order to make adjustments by July 31, 2020.  (Book: Pontius Pilate by Paul L. Maier) Exodus 18:21

Relationship:By May 30, 2020, each of my kids will have their own vision boards and five declarations developed, and we will discuss ways I can support them in their goals. (Book The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D) Psalms 20:4

Physical: For the month of June 2020, I will work on creating a stress-free environment at home by getting rid of five bags of items we no longer have need of to clear room for the family. (Book: Getting Things Done by David Allen) 1 Corinthians 14:40


Round 3:

Mental: I will identify five ways I think about money that are not serving me, and will adjust those negative thoughts into positive declarations as I work towards sticking to my budget and mentoring my college aged children in their own financial obligations.  I will do this by September 30, 2020. (Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason)

Spiritual: Reflecting back on July’s goals, I will identify one area in my spiritual life to break free from.  I will complete this by November 30, 2020. (Book: Breaking Free by Beth Moore)

Relationship: I will identify the type of reactor I am, and learn two new ways to improve my communication in order to better respond with peace in conflicts by December 31, 2020. (Book: Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst)

Physical: (Book: The Serious Power of Fun by Chris Brady)