Post by Tommy Bowman
Today I took a much needed break from everything. I went and sat at places where nobody knows my name. I used the day to force myself to stop thinking about work and take a hard look at myself; the state of where and who I am and the state of where and who I want to be.
My life seems to flow best when I use the flow of the church where I lead. Therefore, January, May, & September are my reset months. And with February 1st around the corner, it’s time to set my personal goals from now through May 1st. Here’s what I do and hopefully it helps you:
Make sure your goals align with the values that you hold to. This may seem obvious but too often we aim to accomplish things that are at the core of who other people are or who other people expect us to be. Make sure your goals are driven by your core values.
- Measurable – Can you measure the goal?
- Attainable - Does the goal promote effort?
- Requiring Faith - Does the goal promote faith?
- Clear - Is the goal specific?
- High & Low Bounds - Does the goal promote discipline?
Write down and record your goals somewhere. This is easy and important. This sets your intentions into motion.
It’s important to review your goals on a regular basis. Knowing where you stand will inform how you need to act. There is a new app that I am using to accomplish this. It’s called Strides. When you review your goals be sure to know why you’re ahead, on target and even behind. This will also inform the next action that you need to take.
You know the feeling, right? When we tell someone a dream, plan, or goal that we have, we tend to let the announcement let us off the hook. When we do this, we are feeding the holes in our identity versus promoting growth. If someone isn’t going to be a partner in you accomplishing your goal, don’t tell them.
So based on my last point, I’m not going to share the goals I’ve set. But I’d love to hear how you set and track goals!