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2018 Goals + My new approach to goal-getting

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!


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


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.


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.


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!

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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

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