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PinITIf you follow along with me on Insty or my email family, you know I’m a Christian life coach who loves to read! We could spend a lot of time talking about how much I love itbuuuut that would decrease the amount of time you could spend reading all the amazing books on this list. :D

So I’ll get right to it.

You should know that this list is only the books I finished. 

I decided to leave off from the list the many books I only read partway through. This year more than ever before, I frequently chose to stop reading a book if it didn’t prove valuable to me at this time of my life.

Also, here’s an explanation to my little markings next to the books:
* = One of my favorites out of the new books I read
+ = A book that incorporates faith
(R) = A book that I reread because I liked it so much the first time!

One more thing–I was shocked to see how many books I read in 2017 with a newborn! Praise God; I guess these intentional maternity leave goals really helped. How does 40 books compare to my reading in 2016? Come find out.

Faith:

Marriage + relationships:

Baby + parenting:

Health:

Finances + stewardship:

Miscellaneous:

Personal + professional growth:

Business:


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Hey! This is Diana’s assistant, Michelle! Diana is at a Mastermind Retreat, so I am helping her out with this post for this month. Here is a video from a Facebook live video where she shares her January results and her February goals. You can read them below as well! :)

First, here’s how things went with my January PowerSheets goals!

1. Wrap up Christmas

2. Listen to Val Woerner’s webinar on prayer

3. Start using my 2018 prayer journal and set a monthly time to fill it out

4. Choose a book of the Bible to begin studying in-depth

5. Choose at least 3 resources to help me dig into that book, including at least 1 physical commentary book

6. Develop a list of resources to help me dig into Scripture

7. Read Women of the Word and mark it up for future reference

8. Define the ideal version of each day/week’s spiritual disciplines I’d like to implement. Begin implementing 3 of them.

9. Fill my newly-added coaching spaces and begin a wait list

 10. Reach business income goal

Weekly goals:

Goal: Complete these at least 3/4 weeks

1. Have fun with or love on a close friend or family member

2. Exercise 2x 

3. Process my physical and electronic inboxes for 90 minutes

4. Continue mindful eating and keep calories to an average of <2,200/day

Daily goals:

1. Go deeper in my knowledge of and relationship with God | Goal: 31 days // Actual: 31 

2. Track my food | Goal: 25 days // Actual: 30

3. ZERO phone or computer use after 9 pm | Goal: 15 days // Actual: 15

Books I finished:

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Loving My Actual Life

Now, here are my February goals!

I use the PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner to set and track these goals!

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1. Finalized revamped weekly routine

2. Read Women of the Word and mark it up for future reference

3. Complete the study that goes with Women of the Word

4. Create summary of Bible study tips

5. Incorporate plan for confession more consistently

6. Grow coaching wait list by 2

7. Get video testimonial of Val Woerner edited

8. Plan quarterly goal setting retreat with Kyle

9. Reach business income goal

10. Figure out sound machine option for our room 

Weekly goals:

Goal: Complete these at least 2/3 weeks

1. Have fun with or love on a close friend or family member

2. Exercise 2x 

3. Process my physical and electronic inboxes for 60+ minutes

4. Continue mindful eating and keep calories to an average of <2,200/day

5. Lunch + learn related to my current business goal

6. Follow up with 5 women regarding coaching

7. Review weekly routine and adjust as needed 

Daily goals:

1. Go deeper in my knowledge of and relationship with God | Goal: 28 days

2. Track my food | Goal: 24 days

3. Kaizen | Goal: 20 days

4. ZERO phone or computer use after 9 pm | Goal: 15 days


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I set 2018 goals very differently this year! I still used PowerSheets, but I am approaching them in a new way I’ve never tried before!

So far, this method has been working really well not just for me, but for a number of my coaching clients! (One of my clients finally got into an amazing groove with food and exercise and lost 21 pounds! How? By cutting away the goals that weren’t essential and focusing on just 2 goals at a time.)

I recommend watching the Facebook Live below for an explanation of how and why I set my 2018 goals the way I did, and all the details about my approach. It will answer a lot of the questions you might be wondering about how to apply this concept in your own 2018 goals! It’s about 25 minutes long.

To sum it up: I’m focusing on only 1 personal goal + 1 business goal at a time this year.

I experience much more joy, peace, and productivity when I am not spreading myself thin and juggling 150 tabs open in my brain at the same time. :)

Before I dive into my 2018 goals, here’s a quick recap of 2017’s goals! In 2017, life changed big time! I chose a few key areas of focus for the year rather than specific goals, limiting myself to just one area of focus per category of my life. (As you can see, I decided that prioritizing sleep actually covered many categories of my life.) I loosely based this concept on this incredible book!

2017 goal recap: 

1 | Faith: Commune with God throughout each day.

2 | People: Love people the way Jesus would and without expectations.

3 | Health + Rest + Emotional well-being + Home + Motherhood: Prioritize sleep for both baby and me.

4 | Growth: Cultivate joyful, helpful thoughts.

5 | Business: Grow engaged email list of ideal clients.

6 | General: Choose BOLD simplicity and focus.

And here are my . . .

2018 goals!

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I use PowerSheets to set and track my goals. Click here for my post on PowerSheets tips and how-tos.

PERSONAL

1 | Faith:

Become a student of the Word.

Press into the Lord and his Word with hunger, depth, routine, and focus. Learn how to really study the Bible and mine the Scriptures for knowledge about God. Aim for depth over breadth. This book has been an EYE-OPENER so far and I’m loving this super in-depth study of Hebrews.

2 | Health:

Remove the bad + Add more of the good.

Love my body well and prepare for, God-willing, another baby. Embrace my friend Dr. Meghan’s approach to simplifying health that she shared when I was a guest on her podcast that good health boils down to subtraction of the bad stuff + addition of the good stuff. We’re really health-conscious and went 95% organic this past year, but I’m ready to take it to the next level. Rheumatoid arthritis still lingers and holds me back if I don’t really steward my health well.

3 | Home:

Cultivate a life-giving home for our family of 3 + our guests.

Finish this incredible book. Wrestle with the tension I feel as a Christian regarding focusing on something as temporary as my home and my fears about getting caught up in worldiness. Embrace the way God made Kyle and me to function far better with an orderly home and stop trying to be someone who’s okay with chaos. Intentionally update our home in small ways to help us rest and work well, and raise up our son to know the Lord. Put myself in my guests’ shoes and make my home feel like a haven to them too. Organize things for better efficiency and for more calm.

4 | Growth:

Hone my ability to live in a peak state.

Spend time reviewing Tony Robbins books and any quality audio content I can find. Set up habits to help me move my body with energy and live joyfully even when I don’t feel like it.

5 | Finances:

Achieve 1 financial goal per quarter.

Keep up with creating a fresh budget for each month based on that month. Set 1 financial goal per quarter and do our best to achieve that with the resources God’s given us.

6 | People:

Be the kind of friend/family member I want to be to my closest people.

Enjoy and love and on the people that matter most. Stop guilting myself for not keeping up hundreds of other relationships well.

BUSINESS

1 | Maintain a full coaching schedule with at least 2 women on the waiting list at all times.

Lean into 1-on-1 coaching this year since God is really blessing it! I’ve got one space open as I write this. Maybe it’s meant for you! Click here to learn more.

2 | Work through and implement Traction, The E-Myth Revisited, and The Pumpkin Plan.

Buy, mark up, and fully implement these 3 books that I’ve read but haven’t really put into practice: Traction, The E-Myth Revisited, and The Pumpkin Plan. My reason behind this goal ties in with goal #5.

3 | Launch group coaching program and reach goal for women served.

Launch the 3rd class of Bold, Intentional Life in September, God-willing. Keep the launch simple and notify only my email list. Serve members really well so they leave with a far more intentional, Jesus-focused life and mindset.

4 | Grow email list to X.

Provide content upgrades and more opt-in opportunities. Run more Facebook ads to valuable offers. Share guest content on other sites and podcasts.

5 | Create a highly systemized, well-run business.

Hire a Content Manager. Fully complete move from Google Drive to Dropbox. Remove as many tasks from my plate as possible. Give more ownership of meetings to my assistant. Identify areas that are inefficient or lacking in processes and streamline them. Remove tasks from Todoist that are not completely essential.

Ongoing | Provide $X of income for our family each month.

This one’s definitely up to God, but something I want to keep in mind! The income from my business is more important to our family than it has been in the past as Kyle grows his financial advising business.

ALL-ENCOMPASSING AREAS OF FOCUS:

1 | Create focused disciplines + Become highly focused.

For more on that, check out this excellent book.

2 | Less but better.

Inspired by one of my top 10 favorite books. I reread it over and over!

3 | Embrace fun. 

This stems from the “Breaking Your Identity Box” exercise in the PowerSheets. I realized that I am by nature both driven and fun-loving! However, I’ve let the fun-loving part of me fade a bit the past several years and believed the lie that I can’t be both. I’m heading into this year conscious of that lie and open to more fun and silliness. :) I know it’s in me!

Now, you tell me . . .

What are you working on in 2018? What’s your approach to goal setting? Comment below! Leave a link to your goals blog post if you have one!

I’m excited to encourage you and cheer you on in 2018! Make sure you’re in my email family for exclusive content.

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  • February 1, 2018 - 2:15 pm

    Alyana - Can you do a home tour blog post?ReplyCancel

    • February 2, 2018 - 1:58 pm

      Diana Kerr - Aww, thanks for asking Alyana! I don’t feel like a home tour post would be that interesting to most people, as much as it is a great home that’s simple and cozy and that my family loves. Maybe that’s just my own insecurity, or maybe that’s me being realistic that most people prefer home tours of really beautifully styled and decorated homes (which mine is not haha). But maybe someday! :) I will tuck that idea away. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2018 - 11:47 am

    Tiffany F - Diana, I forgot to add: may I recommend a book to you called “Green for Life” if you are interested in your health… it’s a must-read. I go back to it year after year.ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2018 - 11:45 am

    Tiffany F - Thank you for sharing these awesome suggestions! I have added the Women of the Word book to my Amazon Reading list. I also love the idea of focusing on 2 goals at a time… setting yourself up for success!

    To a wonderful 2018!ReplyCancel

    • February 2, 2018 - 1:59 pm

      Diana Kerr - Ooh, tell me about it! I always love a great book recommendation! :)ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2018 - 12:02 am

    Bobbie - I always love reading your goals and your progress. It’s very inspirational to see how you do it. Last year, for the first time in a long time, I didn’t set any goals and it felt good. This year my goals are simple and I’ve boiled them down into small phrases. I have them on a sticky note in bathroom and as a screen saver on my phone. 1. More Bible consistency 2. Look better in clothes (this encompasses exercise, losing/keeping steady weight, taking care of wardrobe, buying less but better, etc.) 3. More attentive to home matters (cleaner, organized, meal planning) . 4. Starting off marriage well (getting married in April! Preparing in couple bible study and christian counseling now) 5. Less rushing. 6. Better financial choices.ReplyCancel

    • January 29, 2018 - 2:31 pm

      Diana Kerr - Bobbie, I love that! I LOVE the simplicity and that you’re keeping those goals in front of you. Simple goals that you take action on are a million times better than fancy goals with elaborate plans that are too overwhelming and are given up on.

      Congrats on your upcoming marriage!!! :D Wishing you God’s amazing blessings!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 3:32 pm

    Traci - I love your posts, Diana! So many of your favorite books are my favorites too, and the way you approach life really resonates with me! I wanted to ask – could you give a little rundown of what a peak state is and the value you get from Tony Robbins’ stuff? My only exposure to him was trying to watch a film of his on Netflix, but the language was so intense I had to turn it off after a couple minutes. I’m curious to hear insight from someone who understands more about his teaching and is also a Christian! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • January 20, 2018 - 12:38 pm

      Diana Kerr - Thanks, Traci! I’m so glad you brought this up. Yes, you’re right, he can be a little blunt and sometimes use unnecessary language to accompany it. You won’t find that in his books or audios, thankfully, at least from what I’ve read/heard. I would definitely recommend the book I linked to!

      I think we can definitely find value from a “performance coach” like Tony Robbins, but like with any person who you follow or whose content you consume (even from Christians) we need to continually go back to God’s Word and ensure that what they say lines up with God’s Word, or that if some things don’t, we are not swayed by those things. Tony Robbins doesn’t get all woo-woo spiritual from my experience, thankfully, so I’m thankful I can use his content to gain value from his incredible knowledge of how our brains work and how we can maximize the way God made us rather than allowing negative feelings, tendencies, or circumstances to hijack us.ReplyCancel

JANUARY!!!! :D

Let’s skip the rambling and cut to the chase–it’s January 5th and I am a little late writing this post! Plus, I don’t normally work on my off days (I choose to be in full-on mom mode), but the new year kind of kicked me in the booty with a mountain of emails and tasks I had to catch up on, soooo this blog post is brought to you by: NAP TIME.

First, here’s how things went with my December PowerSheets goals!

I use the PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner to set and track these goals! Check out this post I wrote alllllll about PowerSheets : What are PowerSheets? + How to use PowerSheets to set intentional goals


1. Research and choose a Jesus-focused tradition for our family to begin for Advent or Christmas

Trying to come up with something felt forced. My baby’s too young to really do anything and I detest that feeling of putting something on my husband that I can tell he’s not that into. I realized that we already 1) go to Advent services and Christmas church as a family and 2) attend a special Christmas concert each year with my favorite local Christian band. I also read books about the true meaning of Christmas to Harry, I did my annual Advent devotion series, and I completed goal #9 below, which allowed me more time to spend with God. I think that’s enough good and Jesus-focused things for this year! :)

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2. Plan a 30th birthday for Kyle that makes him feel loved

Pulled off a surprise birthday dinner at his favorite restaurant and some other intentional surprises on the day-of. (Not easy, since his birthday is Christmas and we are NEVER even at home on his birthday!)

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3. Set 2018/Quarter 1/January PowerSheets goals + an action plan, focused on God

4. Hire a Content Manager

I made progress on the job description, but decided to put the hiring off for now until completing the book in goal #5 below. Make sure you’re on my email list to get an email when applications are open!

5. Start Traction book

6. Reach business income goal

God’s faithfulness blows me away!

7. Bring joyful energy + listening presence to relationships and events

In some cases, yes! I thank God for that. I will always be a work in progress until I go to heaven, though!

8. Choose to live in a peak state

Again, definitely not perfect, but there were many days of intense fatigue where I still chose to move/act with purpose and energy. :)

9. Fast from TV during the week in the weeks leading up to Christmas

Continuing this into all of 2018! No TV M-Th.

Weekly goals:

Goal: Complete these at least 3/4 weeks. Note: I did give myself “off” on these goals the week of Christmas! Ain’t nobody got time for striving for perfectionism while you’re away from home almost the whole week!

1. Process inbox for 90+ minutes

2. Make healing soup our nutritionist recommended

3. Exercise 2+ times

4. Keep calories to <2,250/day on average

Daily goals:

1. Worship and adore Christ through prayer and time spent in the Word | Goal: 30 days // Actual: 30

2. Encourage Kyle + Pray for him | Goal: 20 days // Actual: 21

3. Do a very short exercise routine in the morning and get Vitamin D to help reset my cortisol rhythms | Goal: 15 days // Actual: 23

4. Streamline/simplify/systemize something in my business or personal life | Goal: 20 days // Actual: 20

5. Track food in FitBit + Reflect briefly on positive choices versus ways I could have eaten healthier | Goal: 25 days // Actual: 25

6. Wind down completely by 9 | Goal: 18 days // Actual: 19

7. Lights out by 10 | Goal: 15 days // Actual: 15

Books I finished:

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Sleep Smarter

Margin

Simplicity Parenting

Now, here are my January goals!

I made a BIG shift this year in how I decided to set my annual goals. I have so much to share with you about this.  It’s going to be a game changer for you. Make sure you’re on my email list to hear all about that.

What that approach means for my January goals is that all of my personal goals (except for the first one) tie into the same, singular 2018 goal. For my business goals, I only have one goal other than my recurring monthly goal to reach my income target.

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1. Wrap up Christmas

No pun intended. :) This includes putting away decorations, finishing thank-you notes, and updating the gift idea lists I keep for others and myself.

2. Listen to Val Woerner’s webinar on prayer

3. Start using my 2018 prayer journal and set a monthly time to fill it out

4. Choose a book of the Bible to begin studying in-depth

5. Choose at least 3 resources to help me dig into that book, including at least 1 physical commentary book

6. Develop a list of resources to help me dig into Scripture

7. Read Women of the Word and mark it up for future reference

8. Define the ideal version of each day/week’s spiritual disciplines I’d like to implement. Begin implementing 3 of them.

9. Fill my newly-added coaching spaces and begin a wait list

 10. Reach business income goal

Weekly goals:

Goal: Complete these at least 3/4 weeks

1. Have fun with or love on a close friend or family member

2. Exercise 2x 

3. Process my physical and electronic inboxes for 90 minutes

What do I mean by that? The book Getting Things Done will explain it. 

4. Continue mindful eating and keep calories to an average of <2,200/day

Daily goals:

1. Go deeper in my knowledge of and relationship with God | Goal: 31 days

2. Track my food | Goal: 25 days

3. ZERO phone or computer use after 9 pm | Goal: 15 days


Share your goals with me in the comments or link to your goals post if you blogged them!

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Intentional women grab a piece of paper and scribble out some goals for the month or year.

Really intentional women use a goal setting tool to guide and focus their goal setting efforts, a tool such as PowerSheets.

Since I get so many questions about PowerSheets, today’s post breaks down:

  • What are PowerSheets?
  • What’s in the PowerSheets? What do you fill out?
  • Why are PowerSheets important?
  • How to use PowerSheets to set intentional goals
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Pin this post (It’s a meaty one!) so you can come back to it again and again!

What are PowerSheets?

If you follow my blog, especially my PowerSheets goals posts, you’ve heard me talk about PowerSheets a lot!

PowerSheets are an intentional goal planner.

I like to say that they’re kind of like self-guided coaching.

They walk you through where you are now, where you’d like to be, and how to set goals to bridge that gap. Then, they help you tend to those goals with a monthly tracking sheet called the Tending List.

Very simply, they’re a goal setting workbook full of great prompts to help you set good goals and then make them happen.

What’s in the PowerSheets? What do you fill out?

Here’s a video of me walking through a 2018 PowerSheets workbook so you can see what the pages look like and what the process is like of filling them out! I take you through the entire workbook in about 25 minutes.

To sum it up, here are the main pieces of PowerSheets:

  1. You start each set of PowerSheets with “Prep Work,” which helps you dig deep so you can set good annual goals.
  2. You then set annual goals based on your Prep Work.
  3. Quarterly checkpoints help you do some reflecting and refresh your annual goals throughout the year.
  4. Each month you do a smaller amount of reflective prompts to help you set monthly goals.
  5. You write out and keep track of your monthly, weekly, and daily goals on the Tending List. Most people’s favorite part of PowerSheets (Mine included!) is the Tending List.

Why are PowerSheets important?

In my work as a Christian life coach and as I navigate through my own life too, I’ve realized this:

One of our biggest obstacles to living an intentional life is that we don’t truly know where we are now and where we’d like to be.

If you don’t know where you are and where you want to be:

  • You’ll lack a road map and likely feel frustrated and restless, like you’re spinning your wheels
  • You’ll set goals that don’t really align with what matters to you (which means you might not be super motivated or excited about them)
  • Even if you do get a lot done, you might still not feel like you’re living intentionally and regret how much time you spent on stuff that didn’t matter a whole ton
  • You might struggle living a truly Jesus-focused life—walking and living in grace on a daily basis

So how do you use PowerSheets?

Well, thankfully, PowerSheets take most of the guesswork out of goal setting. Which makes them worth every penny, because figuring out how to go about setting good goals feels paralyzing for most people without some guidelines and direction. (Even I feel that way, and I’m a life coach!)

PowerSheets will walk you through the process of setting good goals. There are even instructions throughout the workbook as you answer the prompts.

That being said, since a lot of my coaching clients are PowerSheets users, I’ve learned some of the hang-ups that hold women back from using them and getting the most out of them.

Let’s talk about overcoming those obstacles, as well as my best tips for PowerSheets goal setting!

How to use PowerSheets to set intentional goals

The nitty-gritty of making PowerSheets happen + overcoming obstacles

1. Set aside time to work on them.

One of the biggest obstacles I see women face with PowerSheets is just getting started. Getting started simply requires setting aside some time to dive in!

I guarantee you that it won’t feel too overwhelming once you put pen to paper and just begin. In fact, it often feels really invigorating and exciting!

You’ll need to set aside time to work through:

  • Once/year: The prep work and annual goal setting (This can be all in one sitting or split among multiple days. Be prepared—you won’t be able to complete this in half an hour.)
  • Once/quarter: The quarterly refresh
  • Once/month: Monthly goal setting and reflection

You’ll also want to make sure you’re checking in on your PowerSheets daily or at least weekly IF you want to make the most of them! More about that in a minute.

Here are my tips on setting aside time to work on PowerSheets:

  • Try to set your PowerSheets work time for the end of the year, quarter, and month. This might not always be possible, and imperfect goal setting is better than no goal setting, but most people feel a lot better beginning a new year or a new month with their goals already set. I love having my PowerSheets goals already in place and hitting the ground running on the 1st of each month and year.
  • If possible, aim for consistency in your work time. If you can decide that, for example, you’re going to set aside an hour on the 28th of each month for PowerSheets, or the last Thursday, not only do you not have to make that decision each month, but you’re also more likely to stick to it and not forget.
  • Schedule it on your calendar as an appointment with yourself. Whatever time you choose to work on your PowerSheets, whether it’s consistent or not, get it on the calendar in advance and honor that as an important appointment. If something comes up that absolutely has to go during that time, reschedule your PowerSheets “appointment” just like you’d reschedule an important appointment with someone else.
  • Take action on what needs to happen to be able to make your PowerSheets goal setting time happen. Do you need to talk to your hubby and make sure he can be fully responsible for the kids during that time? Do you need to get ahead on some work in your business so you can take an entire day for your prep work and annual goal setting in your PowerSheets? In other words, think through the obstacles you might face and do what you can in advance to make them a non-issue.

2. Annually: Complete the prep work.

The prep work is the good, sometimes-challenging goal-uncovering work you do before you go about setting your goals. Hastily writing out goals–without taking the time to really reflect on and understand where you are now and where you’d like to be—usually doesn’t end well.

In the prep work, you’ll fill out in your PowerSheets your answers to a number of prompts such as:

  • A Cultivated Life Evaluation
  • What fires you up
  • What you fear and why
  • What worked last year and what didn’t
  • Lessons you learned in the last year
  • Your vision of your most purposeful year

Like I said, Lara Casey guides you through the whole process of answering these and all the other questions and helps you to think through your answers.

Here are some extra tips on the Prep Work:

  1. Push yourself deeper, even on the prompts that are tough. Some of the questions might be ones you haven’t thought about before, which is okay and normal. If you struggle understanding a question or you struggle coming up with answers, think about what purpose you think that question might serve. For example, if you’re struggling to come up with your word of the year, ask yourself, “Why is it valuable to have a word of the year and how do I want the word I choose to impact the year?”
  2. Don’t worry about doing it “right.” Keep the end goal in mind. The end goal of PowerSheets is to help you uncover and set good goals. However you use your PowerSheets, if you accomplish that end goal, that’s a success!
    • Don’t get hung up on whether you answered a question “right.” If you reflected deeply and honestly, well done. :)
    • Don’t worry about filling up every single space fully. Yes, you should push yourself to think deeply to come up with good answers, but good answers might be really simple. Maybe you get to the “What fires you up?” page and your heart just thinks, “All that fires me up is being with the Lord and living on mission for him. Nothing really compares to how that fuels me, and I want to orient my whole life around that.” You can write down only that if you want! You don’t have to list a gazillion things.
    • Use the stickers and colorful pens… or don’t. I give my stickers to a friend who looooves using them, because I love visual simplicity and I like my PowerSheets in black pen without stickers. If stickers and colors help you set and achieve your goals, use them. If they don’t, you don’t have to use them! Save your time. :)

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3. Annually: Set annual goals.

Now that you’ve completed the refining, eye-opening, life-clarifying Prep Work steps, it’s time to actual set some goals.

Here are my best tips for setting your annual goals:

  • Pray once again for God’s guidance!
  • Don’t skip the step the PowerSheets encourages you to do of going through your Prep Work and circling things, looking for themes, etc. (Especially if you’re like, “I don’t know what goals to set!” This will almost certainly help illuminate what areas you need to set goals in.)
  • Consider the end result you’re after and brainstorm all the possible ways to achieve that. Maybe you want to grow revenue in your business or you want to lose weight. Don’t just write down the first idea you have for how to do that. Brainstorm your options for achieving the end result and then choose the best one. (In other words, don’t decide to train for a marathon in order to lose weight if you hate running and could lose weight in a way that would work better for you!)
  • Keep your number of goals small! You don’t have to fill up all 10 goal spaces.
  • Think about setting one main goal for each area of your life that you really want to improve. Maybe instead of setting 4 goals related to your health, you intentionally choose 1 that will make the greatest impact and decide to be really focused on that!
  • If it’s really hard to set goals for the whole year, try setting goals for Quarter 1 instead, or setting areas of focus. SMART goals are great, but not always realistic for a whole year. I had a baby in February 2017 so I didn’t want to set super specific goals for all of 2017 because I didn’t know what to expect becoming a mom!

 4. Quarterly: Complete the Quarterly Refresh.

My best advice for the Quarterly Refresh is to celebrate how far God has brought you in the past 3 months! Your life won’t be perfect “yet” since you set your annual goals (Hint: It never will be until we’re in heaven), but there is always progress to celebrate, even if that progress is mostly lessons learned.

5. Monthly: Set monthly, weekly, and daily goals on your Tending List.

The Tending List is where the magic of goal-getting really happens! You’ll fill out some prompts to end the month well and prepare for the upcoming month, then you’ll fill out your Tending List with goals for that month plus weekly and daily goals.

Here are my Tending List tips:

  • Review your annual goals. You set your annual goals for a reason, so use each month to make progress on those! Try to have at least some of your monthly goals tie into your annual goals.
  • Don’t worry about tying together every monthly goal with a weekly and daily goal. I see coaching clients get overwhelmed trying to set a weekly goal for each monthly goal and then a daily goal for each weekly goal. Most goals aren’t able to be broken down that perfectly. There is usually some overlap between my monthly/weekly/daily goals, but often they don’t have a lot to do with each other.
  • Try to avoid filling every single line with a goal just because the lines are there. A month is a good amount of time, but it’s not a huge amount of time. It usually feels much better to get to the end of a month and see a lot of progress on a small amount of goals instead of partial/nonexistent progress on a bunch of goals.

6. Daily or weekly: Check in on your Tending List

I keep my PowerSheets on my desk at all times, open to the page with the month’s Tending List. This helps me take action on what I wrote on there! It’s also really satisfying to check off or mark progress on goals.

I will bold this next point for emphasis because it’s so important:

You can set really good PowerSheets goals, but if you don’t keep those goals in front of you and don’t take action, those amazing goals won’t do much.

So, figure out what your plan will be for making those goals happen.

Here are some ideas for making your PowerSheets goals happen:

  • Decide where you’ll keep your PowerSheets so you’ll see your Tending List often.
  • Choose a time of day or time of the week to check in your Tending List.
  • Snap a photo on your phone of your Tending List so you can reference it anytime you have your phone on you.
  • Blog your goals for accountability’s sake.
  • Hire a coach. Even the creator of PowerSheets, Lara, has a coach! (Me. :)) Coaches are valuable for everyone.

To sum things up, PowerSheets are my favorite goal setting tool and they’ve blessed the lives of thousands of people. You can create an intentional life, friend, but it’s not easy. It pays to get some help—from friends, from a coach, from a tool like PowerSheets, etc.

Which PowerSheets workbook option should you purchase?

Click here to order PowerSheets from the Cultivate What Matters Shop! !

I recommend investing in the one-year dated workbook unless you starting PowerSheets at a time other than January—then go with the 6-month undated workbook!

Lara and the Cultivate What Matters Team also offer a Goal Guide for Couples and Goal Guide for Parents that can work separately from PowerSheets but work best hand-in-hand. 

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