Goals work for me. I know that making a New Year’s Resolution isn’t meant for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine (we all are motivated in different ways). But for the 3rd year in a row now, I’m making some goals for myself to accomplish within the upcoming year.
Each of the goals I chose for 2013 intimidate me. I doubted making and highly considered erasing and forgetting about at each one of them at one point. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about setting goals, it’s that they’re supposed to scare me, if even just a little bit. If my goal intimidates me, then by reaching for and accomplishing that goal I know I’m going to learn and grow from it.
I’ve also made a point of creating specific goals–ones that can be easily accountable for and I can track them throughout the year. If I avoid setting a vague goal (which I struggled with a little last year), I make my goal more attainable and easier to track throughout the next year.
So here goes….
My Goals for 2013:
- Read the entire Bible. I don’t know exactly why, but this goal really intimidates me. My Grandma (upon my request/wish list) gave me a Chronological Bible for Christmas, and I’m using that as my guide. I’m really looking forward to having read and reflected (at least a little bit) on all of God’s Word!
- Run at least 5 races, 2 of them being half marathons. So far I’ve registered for 1 half marathon in May, and I’m already excited to be on an official training plan again. I do so much better with a plan…I’d love to set a new PR for a 5k as well.
- Go Vegetarian. Okay family (2 sides of farmers) and paleo friends, please don’t freak out or judge me on this (but go ahead if you want to). I’m going to try it for a year and see what I think/how I feel. There are many reasons for me doing this, and maybe I’ll share those reasons in a post sometime, but it’s something I’ve been considering and researching for a long time now (nearly a year), and I’m using the new year as a time to commit to it. And just to clarify, I’ll still be eating seafood and the little dairy that I eat now (primarily organic cheese), just not meat. We’ll see how it goes!
- Try 5 new-to-me fruits or vegetables. Obviously I’m excited for this one.
- Go on one date night every month. Jesse and I both know how important it is to specifically take time to focus on each other, just talk without the distraction of our phones, cleaning, computers, work, etc., and date nights are just fun! Every one doesn’t need to be something fancy, by any means, but we agree that these nights are important for our marriage.
It’s going to be a great year!
What goal have you set for 2013?
If you’re not a “goal-setter,” what works well to motivate you?