As Nick and I have walked through our first year of marriage, we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs. We’ve been so focused on my pregnancies and our losses that we haven’t been fully focused on our goals.
But we recently found and reflected on our goals for this year. Surprisingly, we met and exceeded several of them! It was nice to see how far we’ve come, but also seeing where we still want to go.
This got me thinking about goal setting, especially as we’re ending 2019 and heading into 2020.
Most of us are really good at setting amazing goals. We know exactly what we want to achieve and we lay out steps to get there. But we forget to track our progress and to see where we are in the process.
So we lose our motivation along the way. We forget what we’re working towards. And our goals fall to the wayside. Has that happened to you?
I know it’s happened to me. And it certainly happened to us this year as we’ve maneuvered our way through life and all it’s handed us.
I want to approach 2020 differently. I don’t want several non-specific, broad goals. I want two to three very specific goals, with small steps to help me get there. And I want to track them throughout, not just at the beginning and the end. I want to know my progress as I’m moving through them.
It will take a little more work, but I’m determined to make 2020 one of my best years ever. We’ve had our share of setbacks, but who hasn’t? We all go through struggles in life, but I’m not about to let that stop me!
What about you? What goals do you have for 2020? Are you going to set several broad goals? Or are you going to really sit down, think about exactly what you want, and set two to three very specific goals?
I’d love to hear them too! Once Nick and I sit down and think about what we truly want for this year, I’ll post ours. We have so many big dreams so it’ll be an interesting change to narrow them down!
Think about it...when you have several goals, which one do you focus on first? Are you able to focus on all of them? Or does each one get a little bit of time and attention every now and again? How likely is it to reach all of your goals when this is your approach?
This is much like anything in life. We can’t give anything 100% of our energy if our time and attention is pulled and torn between several different things. It’s virtually impossible!
So really take the time to narrow down EXACTLY what you want in 2020. Be as specific as you can be! Then identify and learn what you need to do to reach those goals. Lay out steps. Yes, they can be baby steps. Believe me, forward progress is forward progress!
Then attack those steps!! Really focus on crossing those steps off your list, and before you know it, you’ll have reached your goals! And then you can move on to your next set of goals!
I can’t wait to hear what your goals are. And I can’t wait to narrow down Nick and I’s as we move into the new year and our second year of marriage.
Have a beautiful week!
With love and wellness,