Happy New Year

5 Steps to Accomplishing Your Goals in the New Year

I am so glad I am able to say “I made it over!” and if you are reading this, you can say it too! 2015 came with ups and downs, good days and bad days, highs and lows. But today, January 1, 2016, we can say “We Made It” and I hope you are as grateful as I am.

A few weeks ago my husband and I were able to getaway overnight to relax (without the kiddies) and review our 2015 and plan for 2016. We can truly say, although we did not meet 100% of our goals, we met most of them. And that is why we planned for 2016. We discussed our spiritual, financial, marital, familial, and individual goals and began looking forward for the new year. Since we have planned for the new year (pretty much) every year that we have been married, I decided to write down how we plan.

So, here are 5 Ways We Plan on Accomplishing Our Goals Each Year.

  1. We actually set goals. One writer once stated “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” That has always been my motto…in order to attempt to reach anything, you must be intentional in attaining it. So we actually take the time to discuss where we want to see our finances, our marriage, our parenting, our kids, and our spiritual life.
  2. We are realistic. We make sure that our goals are attainable. We know, unless there is major divine intervention (which may be possible) we cannot set a goal to pay off $100,000 worth of debt (i.e. house) making $25,000/year. We make sure that whatever goal we set, it is something that we should be able to attain.
  3. We write it down. There is a reason why scripture says to “write the vision and make it plain.” There is definitely something that happens when we write down plans and see it on a day to day basis. We subconsciously begin moving towards it, many times, unknowingly.
  4. We incorporate our goals into our everyday lives. For example, if our goal is to pay off a bill, how much we will pay off has already been put into our monthly budget and we work towards it daily.
  5. We celebrate the small successes. We were able to accomplish a good portion of our goals in 2015 and after each, we celebrated. Even if it was just going out to eat, checking it off my list or going on an overnight trip, we celebrated and thanked God along the way.

Remember success does not come by accident.  It is deliberate and intentional. Although we still must be flexible enough to know that plans change, it does not give us an excuse not to hope, not to pray, not to plan and not to work. If we want to be successful in our marriage, family, finances and our spiritual life, we must be intentional. I intend on having a Fabulous 2016 and I pray the same for you in every area of your life. Let’s be intentional in 2016 and allow God to grace us with an Exceptional Year. 2016, Here We Go…