Thoughts on Setting Annual Goals and New Years’ Resolutions

I am a goal orientated person.

Now, this is not because I consider myself to be very organized or particularly productive. In fact, I think it’s more of the opposite. I know that, if I don’t keep goals in front of me, I usually get nothing done.

I’ve posted in the past about having long term goals for different roles in my life, and about crafting a personal mission statement, which I have found very helpful in providing me with direction. Using those two tools, each year I drill down deeper, crafting some annual goals based on my long term goals and mission statement.

(Okay, yes, I’m a little nerdy)

The Goal of Annual Goals

Annual Goals, or new years’ resolutions, are a way for you and me to inch a little bit closer to our end goal, our long-term goals in each area of our lives.

As with long-term goals, it’s good to not think of a New Year’s Resolution or Annual goal as a wish list that will be dropped within a few weeks or months after January 1st. Instead, your annual goals, like your long term goals, should be made up of actionable things that can be realistically achieved during the year.

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Goals You Can Achieve

One of the best examples of this is everyone’s favorite New Year’s resolution, to lose weight.

Technically, you can’t control whether or not you lose weight. If you have a health issue that causes your metabolism to act funky, you’re not going to lose weight, at least not easily. You can’t necessarily control weight loss or how much weight you’ll lose each week.

What you can control is what you eat and how much you work out each week.

If my goal is to lose a pound a week, eventually I’m going to quit in frustration when something happens (water retention, metabolic problems, bronchitis, etc.). I can’t guarantee I’ll lose any weight.

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I can, however, control how much I eat, the quality of what I eat, and how often I work out.

In other words, I have to write up my annual goals in such a way as to have these goals achievable to me, so I won’t give up when my wish list doesn’t miraculously happen.

Praying About Your Goal Setting

One important aspect of goal setting for me is prayer. My ultimate, long term goal in life, my mission in life, is to Glorify God in every area of my life. It stands to reason, I want His wisdom in setting my goals for the year.

I talk to God about everything in my life, asking Him for wisdom more than anything else. In turn, He has never failed to guide and direct me and my family through all of the twists and turns.

Flexibility in Goals

Your goals should also be reasonably flexible because life happens.

A few years ago, I had to completely revamp my goals for the year when my husband lost his job. A few of the things on my annual to-do list were now undoable, and there were other things that needed to be added to that list.

So, when crafting your annual goals and new years’ resolutions, realize that the world will not end if you don’t achieve them. Life does happen. You don’t know what the year is going to hold. The purpose here is not so much to give you a to-do list to tackle as it is to give you a target to aim at. Even if you don’t hit it, you’re going to be that much closer to achieving your goal because you aimed at it instead of shooting at nothing.

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