Happy New Year!! Did you stay up late last night? Er, this morning?
I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Instead of waiting until a New Year begins, we should take steps to integrate good habits into our lives immediately. That being said, making resolutions is something of a tradition. Sort of like eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day.
But instead of making resolutions, what about setting some goals? To me, that sounds less intimidating than a resolution. There really isn’t much difference between the words, but one feels achievable and the other feels like a fad. I’ll let you figure out which one is which. 😉
The problem I’ve run into with setting goals, however, is that I set goals that are impossible. I think that’s a perfectionist thing. I set goals I can’t possibly achieve and do the best I can to get them all done, and then I actually accomplish more than I would have if I under-shot.
But you can only live so long never accomplishing all your goals before discouragement sets in. Ask me how I know.
Perfectionism is overrated, guys. Just saying.
I do believe that people who’ve been given a lot of talent and resources have a responsibility to make the most of their talent and resources (Luke 12:48). But all things in moderation. And if you burn yourself out before you’re even out of your 30s, you aren’t doing anybody any favors.
So this year, I’m setting five reasonable, attainable goals that I will strive to accomplish in 2017.
1. Walk four times a week
I love to walk, and I’m blessed with two legs, ten toes, and only very mild plantar fasciitis in one heel. We have a treadmill in the basement, miles of gravel roads, and a beautiful zoo. There are so many places to walk, so many places to go, and so many opportunities to get outside, I’m crazy for not taking advantage of it. Plus, I always feel better, more creative, and more focused if I’ve gotten my two miles in.
I’m also hoping to start doing some yoga this year too. I need to start working on it before I lose my roomie in April.
2. Read 15 books in 2017
I love reading, but it’s not always a priority because of all the other crazy things going on in my life. But that’s changing in 2017. I need to read more, both fiction and non-fiction. I have an amazing list of incredible books from the amazing Steve Laube that I can’t wait to dig into (I’ve been working my way through one of the suggestions since July; heavy but brilliant).
I also subscribe to Audible. I love to listen to books while I walk, but I also love to read as well. If I can read one book a month, plus a few, I’ll easily hit 15 total. Maybe I can do more than that, but 15 sounds like a good try. And then maybe in 2018, I can up the number.
3. Spend an hour with the Lord at least five days a week (not counting church)
Life is crazy busy, and that’s not going to change. You can’t wait for things to calm down before you try to fit God into it. You should put God in first and let the rest of life fall where it will. That’s my goal for 2017.
Whether it’s in the morning, the afternoon, or the evening, I’m going to spend personal, one-on-one time with my Jesus. Maybe I’ll write Him a letter. Maybe I’ll read His Word. Whatever. I just know He needs a larger role in my everyday life. And this won’t happen at church. It needs to happen during the times when it’s just me and Him.
4. Be intentional with my relationships
The other part of my life that needs work is the time I spend with people. I’m trying to get a jump on this now because my social life is changing so much. My brother, my closest friend, got married in November. My best friend is getting married in April. And they made up the majority of the intentional time I spent with people outside my family.
We’ll still hang out, of course, but I need to take steps to start building relationships with other people in my life. I have so many wonderful friends, so many incredible sisters and brothers in Christ, who encourage me and make me laugh, and I need to work on spending purposeful time with them.
5. Learn how to rest
Finally, I need to lean how to rest. I’ve never been good at this. I’ve never really known how to be refreshed or what it means to play. I’m not good at it. And I need to figure it out, because a merry heart really is good medicine.
So those are my goals for 2017. We’ll see how I do, but I’m excited for what the next year has in store. Lots of new stories, lots of new friends, lots of new adventures.