I debated on sharing my specific goals and encouragement for this year because I wasn’t sure if anyone else would want to read it. Then I read Val’s post on her goals for the year and had a change of heart. In her post Val said, “reading examples from other people’s goals is so helpful and God uses it to spark something in me so my prayer is that God will do the same as you read through my goals”. After reading that, I realized that I share the same hope for you.
So instead of looking at it as if I’m just telling you what I’m going to do this year, I’m looking at it as I’m sharing where God is leading me in hopes that it will encourage you in your journey this year. Val’s words already sparked something in me, and I pray that I can do that for someone as well. I also hope this can help hold me accountable for my own goals. It has certainly helped push me to actually committing to goals and finish thinking through the process rather than letting it fade away like I have in the past.
The past few weeks, I’ve been working through my PowerSheets workbook to discover my purpose and direction for this year. Goal setting can be an overwhelming process, and after not reaching so many of my goals from 2016, I was nervous about even setting any goals for myself this year. It can be hard to know what goals you should set for yourself, especially without knowing where the year will take you. But like I mentioned in my post about not reaching goals, you don’t always need to know where you’re going as long as you focus on following God’s plan for your life. Setting goals aren’t about forcing a plan for your life, it’s about working through your purpose and discovering where He wants to take you next.
With that said, the goals I set for myself this year are things I’d like to work on in my life and business. I focused less on setting specific goals and more on things that I’d like to build upon. Instead of setting a goal to do this certain thing by this certain date, my goals are more bigger picture things that I want to be intentional about in my life and business.
Words of encouragement
When I started the goal planning process this year, I wanted my goals to stem from a place of truth. My focus for the past few years has been on following God’s plan and not forcing my own and this year was no different. Not only did I want to choose a word to guide me year, but also a few bible verses to encourage purpose and intent all year long.
My word for this year is patient.
I want to be patient in motherhood.
I want to be patient in my faith.
I want to be patient in my business.
In addition to my word, I am using these verses to help point me in the right direction and remind me of what I am pursing this year. Not only do I want to be more patient, but I want to pursue all of the fruits of the spirit more. I want to follow God’s purpose for me and find where he wants me to go this year. These verses touched my heart for what I’m wanting to do with 2017 and where I feel like He is leading me.
"The Lord WILL fulfill His purpose for me." Psalms 138:8
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
My 2017 Goals
Goal 1: Approach my faith with an open heart and open arms
Faith is always a big part of my goal setting. It is one of the areas of my life that I always want to grow in and keep as the central part of my life. This year, I hope to continue my journey through faith and approach it with an open heart and open arms to accept anything that God brings to me. I want to be completely open to Him to be able to hear and see what He wants for me.
- Pray regularly and make truth a part of my daily routine again.
- Be a light to others when I feel led to, even when I may be uncomfortable.
- Let God lead me and use me in ways I never imagined, even if they seem small or insignificant.
Goal 2: Tend to my relationships with family and friends and love on them well
This is another one that is usually on my goals list. Family is one of the most important things to me and while trying to live intentionally for what matters most, that means focusing on family. For 2017, I want to keep growing those relationships and deepen the connection I have with each of them.
- Create new memories as a family of 4 and record them through words and pictures
- Spend more time sitting still and savoring moments rather than always moving forward
- Make time for friends by planning to spend time with them
- Be the one to ask questions of others instead of just answering them
- Start genuine conversations
Goal 3: Make things simple, slow, and significant with my business
Over the last few years, I've been working towards simplifying things in my business and I want to continue on that path. If I've learned one thing, it's that we can't do it all and do it well, so keeping it simple works best for me.
- Stay focused on a small, intentional group of products and services
- Focus on quality over quantity
- Leave time to feed my passions and re-energize myself
Goals 4: Work on being more patient in my day to day life
I've mentioned it already, but my ultimate goal is to follow God’s plan for my life instead of forcing my own, for me and my kids. I want to work on being more patient in this and in every day life. Learning to wait can be a hard thing, but not impossible. I also want to work on exercising patience as a mama, wife, and business owner to keep me from getting ahead of myself or making a decision I will later regret.
- Thinking before speaking or acting
- Remembering to take a deep breath before responding and being slow to anger
- Pray through decisions and be patient if it feels like the wrong time for something instead of trying to willfully force it to change
Goal 5: Continue to focus on health and wellness
Health and wellness is important to me because I want to live a long and healthy life for my family. I've been working towards a chemical free home (or as much as possible) and trying to keep my body healthy an active so I can be an active part of my kid's lives.
- Using natural products in our household
- Exercising regularly even when I don't want to
Goal 6: Write a book to encourage others in their journey
This is probably my most specific goal and something that has been on my heart for years. It is also the goal that scares me the most because it feels like something that is so easy to fail at. It is a big thing to accomplish and something that I know will take a lot of time and dedication. It would be easy to keep putting this off to the side until I felt like I had more time to dedicate to it, but then I wouldn’t be following where God is leading me. I know this goal will require a lot of grace as the year goes by, but my hope is to make little by little progress on this and pursue where my heart is leading me through words.
- Connect with friends and mentors that have written books for encouragement and guidance
- Learn more about the book writing process and what I need to do to make this happen
- Write. Write the words that are on my heart and pray through the process
This feels like a lot, but it doesn’t feel like a heavy list. These goals are all things I’ve been moving toward and working on already in my life and business and things that I know I can continue to move toward little by little.
This year, I want my focus to be on creating a life that serves my business well, not the other way around. I want to take it one step at a time and see where God takes me without planning huge things that I feel pressured to accomplish by the end of 2017. I want to take it slow and breathe it in along the way, learning to be patient and not rush things.
Like I said in the beginning, I don't want this to be all about me. I want to hear what your goals are and how you're planning to reach them. Is there someone like Valerie that has encouraged you with your goal planning too?