To build on the earnest conversation I had with Jess last week, we had a conversation on goal setting yesterday.
We decided to set goals for the next year. We discussed in detail what areas of our lives we want to grow in. We set a giving goal, because we felt convicted in the lack of generosity we’ve shown in the last eighteen months. We both set personal goals and spiritual goals. I am incredibly energized by this exercise.
We also set weekly goals that will hopefully incrementally push us to meet our yearly goals. Our plan is to have a “Goals Meeting” every Sunday to see how we fared over the week and to keep each other accountable. While I am easily energized, I am not oblivious to the fact that this enthusiasm will eventually fade, which makes the piece of accountability key for me.
The concept of setting “SMART” goals was very crucial in keeping us focused as we laid out our goals.
SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive. It’s easy to get carried away when setting goals for ourselves, so this simple guideline helped us make reasonable yet challenging goals.
Come Sunday, hopefully we both will have met our weekly goals. More importantly, I hope we will meet on a Sunday this time next year for the fifty-second time to see how far we’ve come.