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2017 Goals

2017 is going to be a big year!

And because there’s a lot of unexpected up ahead, I wanted to embrace that with my 2017 goal-setting.

I tossed around the idea of setting goals just leading up to baby and then setting new goals post-baby, but with a February 17 due date, that’s barely any time for the pre-baby goals!

In the end, I decided that instead of setting neat, tidy, SMART goals for 2017, I’d set areas of focus. 

In other words, I set goals that aren’t completely concrete or measurable.

My plan is to use my monthly, weekly, and daily goals to pursue these areas of focus in a more tangible way. I’ve brainstormed ideas for those smaller goals in my PowerSheets!

Before I dive into my 2017 goals, here’s a quick recap of 2016’s goals! I thought about not sharing these just so the post didn’t get too long, but I wanted you to see that even life coaches don’t accomplish all their goals! ;) In fact, a few of mine changed during the year, and that’s totally fine and normal. A year is a long time! I tend to focus more on monthly or quarterly goals. :)

2016 goal recap: 

Business: 

  1. Gross $XK so I can net $XK before taxes.
  2. Launch group coaching program.
  3. Attend Making Things Happen Conference.
  4. Take off: 
    • Every Sunday 
    • 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! This goal changed!
    • 2 weeks in December

Personal:

  1. Create a solidified habit of spending 45-60 minutes each morning with God before doing work.
  2. 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 goal changed after attending Making Things Happen, and we met our new goal!
  3. Establish a habit of strength training 3x/week–3+ exercises each time, 10+ minutes.
  4. Complete the KonMari method on our entire home. 80-90% success!
  5. Make prayer with Kyle a habitual, spontaneous, natural, go-to activity in our marriage. Our prayer life improved, but I realized quickly I can’t control this aspect of my marriage. Duh, Diana. ;)
  6. 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. This goal changed, and I didn’t focus on it as much the second half of the year, but I’ve noticed big improvement!

And here are my . . .

2017 goals!

You’ll see that each goal fits into a category. (Or more than one category!) I have a number of categories I brainstorm goals for, but then never choose more than one goal per category. This book was my inspiration for that, and I’ve loved this approach the past few years!

I also included some Bible passages with each goal that I want to guide me in my pursuit of them. It might not totally make sense to you why I chose them, but they all have meaning for me! :)

My goal with this post is that it encourages you in your goal-setting and gives you some ideas. I love looking at goals posts online! Alright; here they are!

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Photo: Laurelyn Savannah Photography

1 | Faith:

Commune with God throughout each day.

Last year, I focused on establishing a very strong habit of time with the Lord each morning. It was a sweet time! I realize though that an uninterrupted hour with the Lord might not be possible with this new season of motherhood.

I still plan to make my time with God a huge priority and fit in as big of chunks of time as possible, but I decided that the best way I could remain close to the Lord in 2017 is to work on my communion with him all throughout each day. I have grown like crazy in this area ever since I read this book and was convicted by the truth that quiet time with God in the morning simply isn’t enough. In order to walk with the Lord and truly keep him on the throne of my heart and soak up his constant grace, my time with him needs to be continuous and frequent throughout every day in small but meaningful ways.

Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. –Psalm 119:164
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

2 | People:

Love people the way Jesus would and without expectations.

I lumped the categories of marriage, family, and friendships into this one category: People. This goal came to me like a lightning bolt and I knew immediately it was the right one.

It’s ironic that I’m setting a goal I will clearly fail at. I am not Jesus, so I cannot love people like Jesus. But through his grace, I can be more like him.

The second half of the goal–“without expectations”–well, that’s a peek behind the curtain in my marriage and close relationships. I am a woman with high expectations and standards for myself, and I tend to set them for others too. Whether they know about these standards I’ve set for them or not, they can cause challenges, particularly in my marriage.

Another way you could phrase this goal is “Love people unconditionally like Jesus does.” My husband Kyle is so good at loving me unconditionally, and I want to become more like him! (And more like Jesus, of course.)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. –Colossians 3:12-14
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. –1 John 3:16-18

 

3 | Health + Rest + Emotional well-being + Home + Motherhood:

Prioritize sleep for both baby and me.

As I brainstormed a whole bunch of ideas in all those categories listed above, and applied the narrowing question from this book about what one thing would make the greatest difference and make everything else easier, the answer was obvious: Sleep.

Now, I 100000% understand that just because I prioritize sleep this year does not mean I will get a lovely uninterrupted 7-8 hours most nights like I do now. I know my sleep will be compromised, so that’s the reason for this goal. I feel that if I don’t prioritize it, it will be compromised even more. 

The #1 thing I can do to take care of my physical and emotional health, to provide myself rest, to nurture a wonderful home environment, and to be a good mom is to be as “well-rested” as is feasible. And prioritizing my sleep also means prioritizing baby’s sleep, of course! We’re going to try this, controversial as it may be, and I welcome any advice you mamas have about sleep!

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves. –Psalm 127:2
He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. –Psalm 121:3-4
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

 

4 | Growth:

Cultivate joyful, helpful thoughts.

As a life coach and a go-getter, I tend to want to fix things, and fix things through action. If I’m not satisfied with an area of my life, I change it.

Well, that won’t always be as easy once I’m a mom, and I don’t want to feel like my life is a disaster if I’m not sleeping through the night, fitting into the pants that fit me before I started growing a human inside me, and keeping a neat + tidy home. You know what I mean? I don’t want my joy to be dependent on my circumstances. (Newsflash: The Bible has been suggesting this brilliant idea for a long time.)

So, the best way to do that is to work on my mindset and attitude! Keeping a gratitude journal for the past 2 years has been really helpful, but I’m going to continue to dive into this in a more focused way.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. –Romans 12:2
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. –Habakkuk 3:17-18.

 

5 | Business:

Grow engaged email list of ideal clients.

Yep, this is my only overarching business goal for 2017! Like I said, I set just one main goal in each category, and this is the one that will make the biggest difference. This will be my greatest area of focus for 2017 because my email list has been such a joy in my business so far and is the most efficient way to provide value, connect with my audience, and share opportunities to work with me, etc! To my email family: I love pouring into you each week, and I’m amazed at your loyalty and how much you love the emails! Thank you!

Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. –Matthew 25:21
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. –Colossians 3:23
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work . . . –Exodus 35:35

 

6 | General:

Choose BOLD simplicity and focus.

This is a general, all-encompassing goal that I hope to apply in specific ways throughout the year! I am continually convicted in the ways that I overcomplicate this earthly life at the expense of things that matter much more and have eternal meaning. I want to pursue simplicity and to focus courageously even when it’s hard or very counter-cultural! This for me means how I spend my time and money, how I use my gifts, how I steward relationships, and more!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. –Hebrews 12:1-2
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. –Matthew 6:19-20
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. –2 Corinthians 4:18
Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. –Luke 12:15
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 3:13-14

 

There they are, friends! Six general goals I pray will help me live a life worthy of the calling I’ve received (Ephesians 4:1). I set goals not because I need to please God or earn his favor; thanks to the cross, God’s approval of me is locked down! :) However, that indescribable grace compels me and excites me to use my time on earth well–to walk in close relationship with my Savior and to live a life that points to him, that makes him known.

Follow along with my monthly goals posts throughout the year to see the tangible ways I apply and live out these goals. (Here’s January’s post already!)

Want some help with your own goals + accomplishing what matters most? I’ve got just the thing! ;)

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