Goal setting excites me! Perhaps I am corny (shrug) but I enjoy sitting down with a pad and pen to sketch out new goals and refine my existing goals. I like to end each year reflecting on my progress over the previous 12 months and charting what I will do for the next 12 months. Last year, a few of my closest friends and I set out on what we called the “quarter living” plan. We set goals for the first (January-March), second (April –June), third (July-September) and fourth (October-December) quarters of 2012. I found that approaching the year in three month bites was easier to digest. This year I will continue using this system and to kick off my 1st Quarter Living I am segmenting my goals into categories: spiritual, personal (Professional/social/service/etc), health, and financial. I will expound on a few of these areas below.
I want to continue spending quality time in prayer and studying the word of God this year. I believe that my time spent with God in prayer and while studying His word is the most effective use of my time. I am happier and more at peace when I make prayer and individual study time a top priority in my life. This quarter I will endeavor to give God the first fruit of my day. That means rising early to pray and read my bible each day. I am also keeping a journal of revelations I have during this time. A friend of mine and I have started a Bible in a Year reading plan. Many churches challenge their member to read the Bible in its entirety each year.
In the past, I have started these reading plans but never seem to complete them. I am prayerful that this year I will be steadfast. I do not want to walk around uncertain about the contents of the bible. I had a guy friend who would often remind me what Christian were the only “club” whose members were willfully ignorant of their “handbook.” That jab struck a nerve with me at the time because I proudly called myself of Christian but truthfully I was very ignorant of the contents of the bible. I knew a few popular scriptures that I heard my grandmother repeat while growing up and I knew all the Christian clichés. You know “too blessed to be stressed,” “too anointed to be disappointed” yada yada. However, I lacked true knowledge of scripture. Even after that conversation I didn’t delve into biblical study because I was intimidated by the thous, thys, shalls and shants. What a difference time makes! In time, I discovered biblical translations that I could digest. I began to talk to mature Christians and sought their advice on how to study the Bible. I began to attend weekly Bible study at my church and began to seek a deeper understanding of God’s word. Studying has blessed my life tremendously and this year my goal is to read the entire Bible.
I was raised by recovering consumers. My parents made many financial mistakes over the years and learned some of life’s toughest financial lessons the hard way. As such, they took a firm stance in my youth and firmly taught the importance of saving money and fiscal responsibility. I was required to save ten percent of any money I earned or was given. Unfortunately, I have not carried those good habits into adulthood. This year, I’ve set a savings goal. I saw this interesting challenge while scrolling Instagram (my latest guilty pleasure). Now that I have solicited a couple friends to join me in the challenge and I’m ready to watch the savings grow! I’ve never heard of anyone regretting saving money, with that said I invite you to join us! Open a new savings account, deposit a couple dollars and watch it grow!
If the Lord spares my life and the creek don’t rise, I will celebrate my 30th birthday this year. I am positively ecstatic about this milestone! My 20s have been incredibly enriching and I can only imagine the lessons that will unfold in my 30s. If I’m blessed to see 30, I want to saunter into the next decade of life in the best health. This means being healthy within and outwardly. I recently began working out regularly and I plan to run a 10K again this year in April. Last year, I got injured during the run and did not run my best race. This year, I plan to redeem myself and finish the entire race without stopping. I adopted a pescaterian diet a few years back, this year I plan to continue this diet while being more attentive with food choice by selecting foods that will give my body the nutrient it needs.
What goals do you have for the year 2013? What plans have you set in place to meet those goals?