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You are multi-dimensional and your goals should reflect that. When deciding what goals to have and go after, don’t forget these 5 important considerations.
Who are you as a person?
A wife? A mother? A caregiver for an elderly parent? A Sunday School teacher? A hard-working professional?
Are you someone who wants to get healthy and fit? Do you want to expand your mind?
Are you only one of those things or many, if not all?
So why are you looking at your planner and writing down goal after goal for a single part of you?
Of course, you want to dream, plan and execute your big dream!
But to do that, you need balance in your life and that means addressing all the things that make you an awesome mama!
What not to forget when setting goals
We talk a lot at Plotting A New Course about setting goals and task that will help you make your dream a reality.
Best thing ever, right?
But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be taking care of yourself and your family at the same time. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make yourself and them a priority in everything you do.
And it doesn’t have to take anything away from your big dream because we are dealing with small easy-to-complete tasks, remember?
And balance in other parts of your life means benefits that’ll help you reach your big dream more easily.
What goals to have every day.
1. Setting objectives for your body and health
Are you struggling with weight management or poor exercise habits?
Your health is the most important thing in your life. It’s not self-care to focus on taking care of yourself. It’s self-preservation!
- Set a weight and fitness goal and add small tasks to your daily plan. Small enough tasks that keep you moving forwards towards good habits and that will add up over time.
- Even when you’re in great shape, challenge yourself to improve function or flexibility every day.
- Address any health concerns by following the advice of your doctor – diet, exercise, medication or monitoring.
Ready to set some health goals? Check out 7 Achievable Health Goals.
2. Make a list of goals for your job
Your career may have nothing to do with your big dream but it still needs tending. By continuing to work at being better at your job, through small goals and tasks, you’ll be more satisfied at work and your boss will notice your commitment.
- You could further your education to be more valuable as an employee.
- You could set goals to complete projects that will get you noticed.
- You could work with a struggling coworker to bring improve her skills.
Wondering what kind of career goals to set for yourself? Check out Top Resume’s Why You Should Define Your Career Goals and How to Do It
3. Set objectives for your relationships
You probably don’t think about your relationship with your husband and children as being work but taking the time to be intentional in the things you do with your family will help nurture and grow the relationships most important to you.
These are goals that can be easy to set and difficult to achieve because life gets in the way and often other areas of life seem like they’re a bigger priority. By setting concrete goals and steps, you’ll be reminded that this part of your life is important enough to make time for.
- Make it a goal this week to text your husband once a day with a sweet message of love and support.
- Develop a daily habit of sitting down with each of our children to ask them about the best part of their day. And the worst part (but after the best because otherwise, you’ll only hear about the drama!).
- Schedule regular phone calls or visits with elderly relatives. Even a few minutes a week will mean so much. Or consider volunteering with your family at a local rest home.
- Call or get together with friends regularly. It’s easy to get busy, but we need our friends and caring for those relationships is important.
- Your family is unique and you know what you’d like to see get better in your relationships. Making actual goals is making them your priority.
Looking for more ideas? LifeHack’s 5 Real Relationship Goals You Should Actually Strive For can help.
4. Make a list of goals for your finances
Many women are the primary money manager in their households and being the stewart of your family’s finances is an awesome responsibility. Setting small goals for money management and savings is a necessary action to preserve your family’s resources.
- Set a goal to not buy your daily Starbucks’ this week. At roughly $5 a day, you can save $25 a week and put it towards your vacation fund. That will save you about $1,250. Take your lunch to work instead of buying three days a week and that can save you another $1,500. $2,750 is a pretty good start for lots of vacation possibilities!
- If your credit cards are getting hard to keep up, set a goal to not use them and go on a cash-only plan. Then double your payments to the card with the smallest amount, pay it off and then apply that doubled payment (plus the regular one) to the next card. Keep doing this and your cards will be paid off much more quickly.
- Planning a big purchase for your home? Set goals to research the item and compare brands and check upcoming sales.
- If you’re planning to sell your home, set goals for home repairs and sprucing up to show the house in its best light and get top dollar.
Check out The Top 10 Good Financial Goals That Everyone Should Have for more ideas.
5. Set spiritual goals
Is your faith an important part of your life and your family’s? Setting intentional daily actions that enhance your faith will grow your spiritual walk.
- Set a goal that involves studying the Bible and studying a particular point about your faith that’s always been confusing.
- What is one sin struggle you can’t seem to shake? Commit to praying over this for an entire month.
- Volunteer to mentor someone in your church that needs help.
- Is there someone in your life that is really difficult to deal with? You might set a goal to show this person kindness.
Graceful Abandon’s 5 Keys To A Life Of Reckless Abandon For The Lord is a faith-based article about the author’s own search for balance in her life. It’s a fabulous blog and this article might help you set spiritual goals that speak to your heart.
Why it’s important to address goals for everything that you are
You are so many things, to so many people. And overwhelm and stress are constant companions.
Balance is that sometimes-elusive thing we crave in our lives. A way for the various parts of ourselves to coexist, to help each other make you a better person, wife, mother, and dreamer.
Dream – for your health, your job, your relationship, your finances, and your spiritual growth.
Plan – set small goals each week to make every aspect of your life better and better.
Execute – Complete tasks for the whole you and reap the benefit of new calm and balance.
What is the part of your life that has been neglected? What kinds of goals would you like to set for yourself to make it a renewed priority?
Tell us in the comments!
You know that big dream? That (fill-in-the-blank) you want to accomplish? The dream that you turn to on bad days and that you can’t let go of?
It’s never going to happen (mic drop).
I’m NOT telling you to throw away your dream because you’re not good enough to make it happen.
NOT AT ALL!
But I AM telling you that your dream will always stay just that – a dream.
UNLESS you take action.
UNLESS you decide to stop admiring the problem, pull up your big girl pants and make it happen.
I can’t do it for you.
But I CAN help you do it for yourself.
Isn’t it about time that you create the life you’ve been dreaming about? You need a PLAN, a step by step roadmap to take you where you want to go.
Are you ready?