Have you made any goals for 2012 yet? I’m still mulling over mine, but I think I’ve got a basic list:
- Take a photo every day in 2012
- Become more physically active—specifically, working out three times a week
- Completely save for a big purchase in the works for our family
- Finish writing my book
I’ve got something fun—taking a daily photo, which shouldn’t be too difficult, thanks to my trusty iPhone. One involves me personally, which of course affects my family—but seeing as exercise has always been my frog (see project 1 of my book), it’s easier said than done.
The third is a family project of sorts, and it looks pretty doable so far…. we’re excited. And the last is my daunting mountain to climb, professionally—book writing is no small task, especially with three children at my skirt hem. I learned this back in 2009.
But these goals are possible. They’re lofty and ambitious, yes, but they’re not ridiculous. They walk that fine line between not being too gimme, but not impossible for a busy mama.
I believe God wants us to enjoy Him fully in the life He’s given us, which means that by addressing the practical, we’re freer to delight in His gifts. We can better hike wooded trails when we’re in reasonably good health—our bodies allow us to experience His creation, in other words.
But practical goals should never be the measuring stick that determines our worth. Not exercising three times per week does not make me a horrible person—it makes me a human being. It’s a good goal because it addresses the stewardship of my body, but God adores me regardless of my earthly accomplishments.
Keep this in mind as you make New Year’s resolutions. Keep them focused on making yourself more available to God’s presence, not on becoming perfect. It won’t happen.
My latest book, One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler, equips you with tools and motivation to tackle 52 projects that’ll make your life simpler. (This is why I thought it was such a brilliant title.)
I wonder if one of the 52 projects is one of your 2012 goals? If so, perhaps the book would help.
I’m also offering a code for $1 off—HAPPYNEWYEAR—good through Saturday, January 6.
Friday I’ll share some practical tips on actually accomplishing these goals (sticking to resolutions? Madness!), and a fun way you can use my book and the blogosphere to make it happen.
I’ll also elaborate on a nifty little concept I use to approach goals realistically. Hint: It’s project number 47 in the book.
What are some of your goals for 2012?