Re-Assessing Your Goals

Can you believe the year is half over?

Those who read my blog know that I am a big on making goals. I get energized just thinking about goals (and more by reaching them!). Earlier this year I set some goals, and I wrote that they might “change the world.” (See My Plan for Transformation in 2015 to read the context of that ambitious statement.) Hmmm; in retrospect, that may have been a little over-stated, but at the time, I was sure it was going to change my world.

Just a couple of months into the year, it was clear that my goal needed tweaking because I wasn’t reaching it consistently. And just as success breeds success, failure breeds failure. What a killjoy!

I failed so miserably at my goal that, for the first time in a long, long time, I felt no drive at all to keep pressing forward (on that particular goal, that is). And yet, when I think about it now, I still see the value in “the thing behind the thing.” I still want to build a stronger family culture. I still want to eat healthily. I still want to cultivate interesting conversation-time with my husband.

Even though I was not following through, I did not dismiss the goal totally. I kept it on a list that I review weekly (thus, practicing an impacting little secret that I learned by happenstance last year). (See How to Hold Yourself Accountable to Personal Change to see how this weekly review seemed to have a serious impact.) It was not until this week—when I realized that half of the year is gone—that I felt motivated anew to re-assess, maybe change my approach a little, and try again. After all, I am not a quitter!

Proverbs 24:16 says, “…though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity [failure?] strikes.” I don’t want to stay down when I “fall down.” So I will get back up, dust myself off and push on towards a healthier, more defined family. The strategy may change, but the purpose stays the same.

How are you doing on your goals for this year? I would love to hear your story! Leave me a comment.

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2 Responses to Re-Assessing Your Goals

  1. Baraka says:

    Hey Dianne,
    It’s beautiful having you blogs again, it’s been awhile.
    I’d say we’re stuck in the same place… Well not stuck but rather I’m snapping myself out of a place i’d love to call “false arrival”.
    I basically had two plans, my increasing in faith which I have a bible reading plan and an accountability partner and I had resources bot to read and listen to… Somewhere along the line I kind of slugged on my bible reading when I was past my 200/365 days … This kind of reminded me of the course of a river… It starts small and as it grows there’s a stage it’s faster even in movement but there’s a stage it slugs a little bit… I had to make a deliberate move to get back on course, do crush readings sometimes because bible reading is essential for my growth in faith and in the middle of my struggle my accountability partners who’s an amazing friend proposed that we do a review of our walk through this month just tracking where we are and how we can move forward, that was timely. I felt like God is concerned on the nitty gritty bits of my life and I must say I’m back on course now.
    my second plan as you put it on your comment was “Living in the eye of the hurricane” this I’m okay with. The first half of the year was the most shaky time I’ve ever experienced in my whole life but in the midst of all the turmoils I had around me, I’d look for God in the little things in life, like the fact that I’m alive the fact that I have the sun above me, I have a job and friends who care too much. I developed a mindset of being fully dependent on God and being grateful. My greatest lesson has been God’s stability and the fact that all I need to do is just depend on Him fully. That’s where I am at not at the peak yet but I’m sure I’m on the right track.
    God bless you.

    • Diane says:

      Hey Baraka! Thanks for your comment. I am glad to hear that you are back on track with your goals. I am sorry to hear of the shaky time at the beginning of the year, but I know that as you build your house on the rock of God’s word, you will remain solid and stable, anchored regardless of what comes your way. I think your plan of looking for God in the little things in life is a beautiful one. Those who seek, find (Pro 8:17).

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