Confessions of a Pastors Wife ~ MSS!
Personal challenge for 2016:
Make Some Space
Each year I anticipate the weeks between Thanksgiving and January 1. Life becomes one big event party planning overloaded whirlwind of awesomeness I have to be intentional to MSS to sort through my life.
While I look forward a New Year I also enjoy reviewing the past year’s goals. No planning without first taking time out to sit in silence and let go of the past foiled dreams. Not gonna lie my greatest challenge is letting go of “things” I love that aren’t delivering the results.
“I find a quiet place to be alone and have a forgiveness session. I scour my heart clean in preparation for the New Year by forgiving those I need to forgive. And I always include that person who often seems to disappoint me most. . . myself.” Andy Andrews
The ^^ quote is one of the most important commitments we’ll make when launching into a New Year, don’t miss it.
If you don’t have a plan consider using the S.M.A.R.T acronym when preparing for the upcoming year.
Be SPECIFIC about your goal and write them down.
Begin with long term goals and break it down into smaller portions or you'll be too overwhelmed to attempt it.
Work toward something that you really want, not just something that sounds good.
Determine what the tangible MEASURE for your goals will be by establishing solid guidelines.
Measuring progress keeps us on track, allows us to reach target dates, and experience the joy of achievement which spurs us on to persevere and reach the goal.
It’s important align your goals with your values.
Identify goals that are most important to you and begin to figure out ways you can make them ATTAINABLE. Refine the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. Look for previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
Goals are attainable when we plan the steps and establish a reasonable time frame that allows us to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become reality, not because our goals are minimized but because we evolve and expand to match them. Listing goals builds self-image. You’ll begin to see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
Be REALISTIC, sensible and practical about what can be achieved or expected. Setting goals and reviewing them on a regular basis helps us keep it real. Otherwise the goals end up on a shelf never to be revisited. You know the question, "how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."
A goal should be grounded within a TIME frame. Without a time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. Goals must have a deadline. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.
(SMART adapted from web-site, smartgoalsguide.com)