First things first–the title of this post may be misleading. By sharing my goals with you, you might think that I’m a goal-setter. You know the type–they always look forward to the new year so that they can write out their goals. Some even type them and keep them on hand at home, work, in the car, etc. And they actually check back on those goals throughout the year to make sure they’re making progress toward achieving them.
I love those kind of people. But I’m not one of them. Sure, I had big goals for my life. They went something like this: graduate from high school, go to college, graduate, go to law school, graduate, pass the bar exam, work in a big firm, get married, have babies. By the age of 26, I’d checked every one of those off. Done.
Since then, I’ve been blessed with countless wonderful things, people, and experiences. They were not, however, the result of me working toward or achieving any goals that I set.
I realized a few months ago that there’s actually a reason I haven’t been setting goals. It’s not because I’m lazy. It’s not because I’m satisfied with just going through the motions of life. It’s not that I’m ungrateful or discontent with the life I currently have.
It’s because I’m afraid of failure. While hard to admit, this really isn’t a surprise to me. As a recovering perfectionist, I already know that I’m scared of failing–failing at things, failing people, failing in general.
In 2017, I’m letting go of that fear, and I’m embracing the challenge of setting goals. They all revolve around the word I’ve chosen for this year.
My 2017 goals are to:
- Nurture my faith.
- Nurture my family.
- Nurture my friendships.
- Nurture my business.
God really placed this word on my heart, and I can wait to see how He’s going to use me for His glory as I focus on nurturing these areas of my life this year.
When I came to the realization that my fear of failure was holding me back, I immediately started looking for resources to help me learn how to set good goals. Out of everything I read online and in books, there was a very clear favorite among them.
As soon as I read Make It Happen, I knew I’d found the method.
“Surrender your fear. Take the Leap. Live on Purpose.” Yes, please. That’s exactly what I need.
As I started researching more about Lara Casey, my sister called to tell me about something called Power Sheets. She had ordered some to help with her 2017 planning and goal-setting. And, guess who makes Power Sheets? Lara Casey. That was a God whisper for me: confirmation that I was on the right track.
I immediately ordered my own Power Sheets from Lara’s company, Cultivate What Matters. They were incredibly popular this year and have already sold out. But, there are so many other amazing products that Lara and her team have developed that will help you “make it happen” and live more joyfully. Definitely check it out.
Lara’s website is also a terrific resource. If you need help with goals or with choosing your own word of the year, don’t miss Lara’s 2017 Goal Setting series. She walks you through a bit of the Power Sheets prep process, which is incredible and exhausting (in a good way), and you don’t even need the actual product. I know you’ll feel encouraged and empowered and ready to take on the new year in a fresh way.
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Thank you for hearing me out today. This post is both longer and “deeper” than usual, but I hope it’s also helpful and inspires you to set goals for 2017.
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