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2016 Goals

Dear 2016,

You have not been easy so far. But, I love you, and like every new year, I have high hopes for you. I’ve put more thought and intention into my goals for you than any other year before, so I hope you’re ready for me.

Love, Di

Hey! Welcome to 2016! It’s going to be a GREAT year.

How do I know that?

Well, because Jesus loves you and died for you so you could go to heaven, sooooo even if everything else in 2016 turns into a trainwreck, it will still be a great year if you are one of Jesus’ beloved.

“How neat is that?!” 

I poured my heart, prayers, and vision into these 2016 goals. I visited my favorite coffee shop on December 14 and began my fresh, new set of Lara Casey’s PowerSheets, and since then, I’ve been tweaking and refining right up till today as I write this post.

These goals all come back to my theme verse for this year, John 3:30–He must become greater; I must become less–and my theme phrase for this year: intentional foundation-laying.

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I’ll tell you more about what that verse and phrase mean in a future post I’m sure . . . for now, let’s get to the goals, baby! This is going to be a long, juicy post!

I kept my goals very simple so I have the flexibility to move where God is leading throughout the year. I don’t think it’s necessary, or wise, to plan out the entire year thoroughly!

Part of what I ask myself each year for the past couple years is based on a book that changed my life, The One ThingI identify the main areas of my business and life I want to work on, then ask myself, What’s the one goal I could set in this area that would make the greatest impact on my life and make my other goals/future goals much easier? Last year in my spiritual life, that meant focusing on my prayer life. In the category of health, despite having rheumatoid arthritis, my #1 goal for last year was to improve body image and reduce unnecessary eating. (I’m happy to say God gave me insane growth in both of those areas!)

Since some goals are hard to measure, you’ll notice that a few of my goals are basically about forming a habit. If you scroll down past this overview of the goals, you’ll see my Quarter 1 goals and how I’m measuring my success in each area as I work on those habits. Some people might feel like keeping a tally of your prayer life is forced and bizarre; to me, it feels intentional and wonderful. If I keep track of things like my website analytics and how much money I spend on my business and how long I can hold a plank at the gym, why not give my faith life the same level of priority and attention? :)

Before I set my goals, I went through my PowerSheets, and I also set some non-negotiables for myself for this year. Here they are:

Non-negotiables in my business in 2016 //

  1. Taking off from work
    • At least one day each weekend
      • No working, social media, email, listening to business podcasts, etc.
      • Planning 1 hour of something fun each weekend–something that I do on my own if we’re home and don’t have plans that day (read for fun, work on a project, get a massage, get coffee by myself)
    • Sundays + Saturdays on every non-rainy day from June through September
    • 1 Friday per quarter just for me to have fun doing something on my own! (I love being around people and have the personality of an extrovert but I recharge like an introvert–I get excited about having small amounts of time to myself)
  2. Coaching till 8:00 no more than one night per week
  3. Attending at least one conference
  4. Having some kind of business coaching for myself for at least 80% of the year 
  5. Saying no right away to every speaking opportunity (unless it is out-of-this-world amazing and will allow me to speak a large group of my Ideal Clients and not take time away from my other priorities–this scenario is unlikely, haha)

Non-negotiables in my personal life in 2016 // 

  1. Spending 45+ minutes with the Lord each day, always in the morning if possible
  2. Going on weekly dates with Kyle
  3. Attending church on Sunday mornings with Kyle
  4. Attending all Advent and Lent services on Wednesdays
  5. Being part of a small group at least 80% of the year (since our group takes breaks sometimes)
  6. Exercising 5 days a week, with 3 days of strength training
  7. Saying yes to spending time with my sisters and their fiances/boyfriends pretty much every time they want to hang out (Erica is getting married in July and probably moving away so this relationship is a huge priority to me because I will miss her sooo much! All my family members are important, but not every relationship can be a top priority–that means nothing is a priority. haha)
  8. Despite our big financial goals, continuing with our giving plan (slightly above tithing). Also to continue: Spending money on our personal assistant, housekeeper, and my manicures, which are all time-saving investments which bless the women we pay as well as bless us in a bunch of ways.

Then, I set my 2016 goals! :) (Note: Some of these links are affiliate links, so if you click them and make a purchase you’ll be supporting dianakerr.com + our giving back initiative!)

Photo: Laurelyn Savannah Photography PinIT

Photo: Laurelyn Savannah Photography

2016 goals // 

Business: 

  1. Gross $XK so I can net $XK before taxes // When it comes down to it, businesses are about impacting lives, glorifying God, and making money. I’m in business do all 3 of those things, and do them well! My $ goal (which I’d rather not share, at least for now) ties in with how many women’s lives I want to serve and change through coaching, and it supports Kyle’s and my plans at achieving our financial goal in my personal goals section below! 
  2. Not ready to share goal #2 yet! // Goal date: June
  3. Personal + professional growth // Attend Making Things Happen Conference 
  4. Rest // Take off: (Which means not even checking social media or email!)
    • Every Sunday (sometimes it will be Saturday instead, but always one day per weekend)
    • Sundays + Saturdays on every non-rainy day from June through September
    • 1 Friday per quarter just for me to have fun doing something on my own!
    • 2 weeks in December (possibly still coach my clients 1 of those weeks)

Personal:

  1. Faith // Create a solidified habit of spending 45-60 minutes each morning with God before doing work // The timing I determined for this goal is because I’ve noticed about myself that even checking email before I spend my time with God tends to get my day out of whack. The amount of time I want to spend with God is based on a vision I set for myself in 2015. I asked myself a few months ago what my ideal day would look like and I found myself writing down, “Spending an hour with God every morning.” I stopped and looked at that and realized there’s nothing stopping me from doing that. Throughout 2015, I spent anywhere from 15-60 minutes with God each day; this year, I’m planning on a consistent hour or so. I’m LOVING my new devotion book for 2016 so far. 
  2. Finance // Pay off $50K of our home and max out our Roth IRAs with $11K total (on top of Ky’s 401(k) contributions at work)  // This will put us on track to pay off our home in 2017 and be 100% debt free! Read more about the start of our debt journey here.
  3. Health // Establish a habit of strength training 3x/week–3+ exercises each time, 10+ minutes // I am doing a lot of the right things with my health, so even though it’s unstable, I’m very satisfied with a lot of it. The biggest area I want to grow in is my strength! I want to be a strong mama someday, so I’m laying the foundation starting this year! 
  4. Home // Complete the KonMari method on our entire home // Less stuff. Less time spent on stuff. More freedom. More Jesus. That is the goal.
  5. Marriage // Make prayer with Kyle a habitual, spontaneous, natural, go-to activity in our marriage–in moments of celebration, struggle, and uncertainty // Once again, like my health, our marriage is in a really wonderful place. Our goal for this year is to keep doing what we’ve been doing, and to strengthen an area of marriage that is so intimate and precious–prayer. 
  6. Relationships + personal growth // Spend 2 weeks on each principle in How to Win Friends and Influence People, incorporating the principle I’m working on into my daily prayer journal on compariSIN, pride, and insecurity, and strategizing how I can implement these principles in my life // I hate the name of this book, but I was rereading it in December and realized a lot of the principles are really very biblical. With what I’ve been working on in counseling and in my prayer journal, I thought this book would be a perfect fit. There are 30 principles in the book, which equals about 1 per 2 weeks that I will be focusing on–journaling prayers about it, finding Scripture verses to support it, and trying to implement it in my life to be a more loving person and someone who shows genuine interest in others as well as builds them up in their God-given abilities. 

Want a closer look at these goals? I’ve created goals just for this quarter, as well as methods for tracking my success which I’ll share with you!

Quarter 1 //

Business:

  1. Gross $X so I can net $XK before taxes 
    • Q1 goal // Have a full Life Refresh Program by February 25
    • Q1 goal // Hire an international VA by February 25
    • Q1 goal // Grow email listemail list with Ideal Clients from 1,150 to 1,400 (Remove inactive email addresses as well)
  2. Personal + professional growth // Attend Making Things Happen Conference
    • Q1 goal // Attend Making Things Happen Conference
  3. Rest // Take off: (Which means not even checking social media or email!)
    • Every Sunday (sometimes it will be Saturday instead, but always one day per weekend)
    • Sundays + Saturdays on every non-rainy day from June through September
    • 1 Friday per quarter just for me to have fun doing something on my own!
    • 2 weeks in December (possibly still coach my clients 1 of those weeks)
    • Q1 goal // Block off the Friday I’m taking off for this quarter and stick to it
    • Q 1 goal // Take a Sabbath each Sunday (or Saturday)
    • Tracking success: Mark off each Sunday I take off on the “Weekly goals” on my PowerSheets “Tending list”
    • What success looks like: Taking off at least 11 out of 13 Sabbath days and honoring my Sabbath guidelines for myself

Personal:

  1. Faith // Create a solidified habit of spending 45-60 minutes each morning with God before doing work
    • Q1 goal + Tracking // Mark a smiley face each morning on a calendar next to my Bible when I complete 45-60 minutes of God time before working to track how I’m doing. Also, mark each day I complete this on the “Daily goals” section of my PowerSheets monthly “Tending list.”
    • What success looks like: Accomplishing this goal at least 72 days in Q1, which = about 80%
  2. Finance // Pay off $50K of our home and max out our Roth IRAs with $11K total
    • Q1 goal // Meet with our CPA for advice on this goal and on which funds to invest in with our Vanguard accounts
  3. Home // Complete the KonMari method on our entire home
    • Q1 goal // Complete the KonMari method on our entire home by the time I leave for Making Things Happen (probably around March 17-19)
    • Tracking success: Create a checklist specific to our home so we can check off each area of our belongings we decluttered and then again when we organize them
    • What success looks like: Crossing off the entire checklist
  4. Health // Establish a habit of strength training 3x/week–3+ exercises each time, 10+ minutes
    • Q1 goal // Create 5 options for strength training workouts
    • Tracking success: Mark off each day I strength train on the “Daily goals” section of my PowerSheets monthly “Tending list”
    • What success looks like: Strength training at least 31 times in Quarter 1, which = 80% success. (I am tracking number of sessions versus number of weeks where I hit 3 sessions because it is still a success if I strength train only twice in a week, and I want that to still count for something! It’s not an all-or-nothing kind of activity.)
  5. Marriage // Make prayer with Kyle a habitual, spontaneous, natural, go-to activity in our marriage–in moments of celebration, struggle, and uncertainty
    • Q1 goal // Watch “War Room” with Kyle and talk about prayer in our marriage
    • Tracking success: Mark off each day Kyle and I pray together at a time other than before dinner in the “Daily goals” section of my PowerSheets monthly “Tending list”
    • What success looks like: I would love to mark off 10 days that we prayed together other than before dinnertime. That is a good goal for us!
  6. Relationships // Spend 2 weeks on each principle in How to Win Friends and Influence People, incorporating the principle I’m working on into my daily prayer journal on compariSIN, pride, insecurity, and strategizing how I can implement these principles in my life
    • Q1 goal // Create a calendar of which principle I’ll focus on during which weeks
    • Tracking success: Mark off each day that I journal my prayers about this in the “Daily goals” section of my PowerSheets monthly “Tending list”
    • What success looks like: Accomplishing this goal at least 72 days in Q1, which = about 80%

Challenge + Share: The reason I share my goals with you is to give you a sneak peek into what I’m working on, but more than that to give you ideas and encouragement of what to work on for your own goals! My challenge to you is to find one thing about this post that you can use to set or improve your own goals. (Ex: “I’m going to add a goal related to ‘Rest’ in my business.” or “I’m going to identify what success looks like for each goal.”) Share with me in the comments below! 

Photo: Laurelyn Savannah PhotographyPinIT

Photo: Laurelyn Savannah Photography

Need help to achieve your goals? I can coach you! As I write this, I have just opened up 2 more spots for my Life Refresh Program because I filled up this week. These are the final 2 spots until March! Apply here for a free Clarity Call to get a taste of coaching and to learn more! 

x-Diana

P.S. If you have a blog, did you share your 2016 goals in a blog post? I’d love to see what you’re working on! Also, no matter how far along you are with your 2016 goals, I wanna help you design an intentional year! Make sure you’re in my email family so we can stay in touch on things like goals, time management, and Jesus! :) 

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  • January 13, 2016 - 9:19 am

    Gina - Hi! I found you over at Money Saving Mom. :) Your blog looks adorable and your goals are well-defined and detailed! I hope you have an awesome New Year. I’m a follower of Jesus, too.

    This year, I chose 7 goals for 2016. I shared them here: http://www.onemomsguide.com/7-goals-for-2016/ReplyCancel

    • January 13, 2016 - 12:18 pm

      Diana Kerr - Hi, Gina! I’m so stoked you commented! I just checked out your blog and I love it! LOVE your tagline, love that you quoted Tony Robbins in your goals post, and I LOVE the intention with which you set your goals. We are very similar!

      Keep in touch!ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2016 - 7:06 am

    Rio - Hi Diana!
    I was searching for Christian coaches on the web, and I came across your website. I’m also a believer, and am currently in the process of becoming a certified life coach so I was excited to find your site! I really enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for sharing in so much detail ― it’s inspiring and encouraging! I’ve signed up for your newsletter, so I look forward to connecting with you further! :) ―RioReplyCancel

    • January 13, 2016 - 5:51 pm

      Diana Kerr - Rio, your site is AMAZINGLY beautiful! And I notice some Shay Cochrane photos! LOVE her! :) What school are you attending for your certification?ReplyCancel

      • January 14, 2016 - 1:52 am

        Rio - Thank you so much, Diana! That means a lot to me to hear that. :) I’m training here: beautifulyoucoachingacademy.com It’s based in Australia, and I really enjoy their heart-centered approach to coaching. And I really like Shay Cochrane’s photos, too! I look forward to your email hugs! :)ReplyCancel

        • January 14, 2016 - 11:31 am

          Diana Kerr - That is awesome! God’s blessings on that! I’m excited to keep in touch and get to know each other! :)ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2016 - 8:57 am

    Ashley Flores - Love this break down! I plan to post mine later today. Even though I’m late with the post, I’ve actually been quite productive this year so far :-)

    xoxoReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2016 - 11:09 am

      Diana Kerr - Woohoo! Yay for productivity! (Getting stuff done is way more important than actually getting the blog post up, by the way! ;))ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2016 - 10:34 pm

    Jasmine - Love seeing this! Did you already sign up for the MTH conference?! It’s on my someday list – can’t wait to hear how you love it!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2016 - 11:10 am

      Diana Kerr - Hey, girl! Yes, I already signed up! Come with me to it in March!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2016 - 8:21 pm

    Holly @ While I'm Waiting... - Hi, Diana! Loved reading what you are working towards this year! I too am working through the KonMari method! Well, I just started but WOW! I find myself wishing I had a few more minutes to go through a few more things each time I work on it! Good luck to you! You can find my #olw post here – http://www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-one-little-word-for-2016.htmlReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2016 - 11:11 am

      Diana Kerr - Holly, I LOVE your word for the year–shine. Seriously love it.

      And as far as the KonMari method, I know–it’s a process! Major style. But ever since the beginning of the book where she says no client has ever relapsed, I was like “Whaaaat?” and I was hooked. hahaReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2016 - 7:38 pm

    Amanda - Thanks for sharing Diana. I was on a recent webinar you did about simplifying your “To-Do” list and the suggestions made are ones I still use today! I see you will be attending the Making Things Happen in March- I will see you there! I have a goal to have my blog up and running by then so I can share it with all the amazing ladies I will meet over those two days!ReplyCancel

    • January 7, 2016 - 7:41 pm

      Diana Kerr - Yay! That is soooo exciting! I can’t wait to meet you, Amanda! I’m so glad you reached out! :)ReplyCancel

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