I knew in December that I wanted my 2015 Word of the Year to be "intentional." Life seems to move along at warp speed and I don't want to miss a thing. To keep my year from passing by in a blur, I know it takes being intentional about accomplishing the things that are important to me. I have determined to give priority to alone time with the Lord, time with the family and set aside time for daily writing. I'm still working on a plan of action needed to meet these goals.
Before I can move forward, I must look back. How did 2014 go? Were my goals accomplished?
The first thing I noticed when I thought about the beginning of 2014 and the goals I had for the year was this: I had not written them down!
< insert face palm>
I know writing it down is very important when goal setting, but if I did, I can't find it anywhere.
My 2014 Word of the Year is the only topic covered in my blogging this time last year. My word was "abiding." I wanted to spend more time abiding in Him so that my prayers would be powerful. He promises believers that if we abide in Him and His words abide in us, we can ask what we want and it will be done. (See John 15:70 Because if you are abiding in Him, you won't ask amiss.
Basically, that was the last time I focused on the word "abiding." Oh, yeah, I had cute little Scrabble letter tiles spelling out the word abiding positioned right under my television. (I figured I would notice it there!) I thought some about abiding, but that is as far as it went.
Going from memory, I also knew my goals were to do a SOAP bible study on 1 Peter and 2 Peter. Again I didn't write down a plan to "get-r-done." I am happy that I did finish up 1 Peter on like December 30th, but didn't even touch 2 Peter.
What have I learned?
- Write down a plan to accomplish goals. First, you need to "plan your work, then work your plan."
- Break down your objective into specific attainable goals. Determining to study a book in a year is perhaps too vague. A time line for each chapter might be better.
- For me, the best way to remember goals is to blog about it. A record will be there in cyberspace should I ever forget.
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 1. Look back at the resolution you made last year at this time, how did you do? If you'd like to share your experiences about 2014 goals, link up at Kat Bouska's blog, Mama's Losin' It.