Balancing My Goals for 2015

Years ago I made one New Year’s resolution that I have kept… to never make another resolution!!

That said, I take the beginning of a New Year very seriously. I reflect on where we’ve been in the past year and I pray and plan for balanced growth in the newly born year. I set GOALS. What’s the difference? Well, goals are specific and have a deadline. I know for sure if I’ve met them or not. I’ve been working on my goals for a few weeks now and today I thought I’d risk a little and share publically what mine are for 2015.

I’ve listened to lot’s of “gurus” talk about goal setting over the years and I’ve learned something from each of them. But the best balanced presentation on goal setting came from a podcast I listened to a month ago from Michael Hyatt. (You can watch it on YouTube HERE) His presentation really brought the pieces together for me.

I have seven goals for 2015. One is painful to put in writing and share with you all… but it’s time. See if you can guess which one hurts the most.

(Deep breathe) Here we go! My 2015 Goals.

Spiritual: Listen through the Bible once and the Gospels twice by December 25. I do this with my phone – this year I’ll be using the Spoken Word Audio Bible app – it’s free for the IPhone… not sure if they have it for Android or not. If I finish this early, I have other great material that I’ll move into.

Marriage: Plan 2 date nights a month AND 2 “Just Us” get aways by October 30. We’re excited to have a great sitter for the boys so now we can have “real” date nights. These are not usually elaborate events – in fact we work really hard to make them FREE! But the time alone with my favorite girl keeps the spark of fun and romance alive in our marriage. Add TWO get aways to that and it’s like dating with TWO honeymoons thrown in! I’m feeling excited about this already.

Family: Implement weekly All Family meetings by January 31. This will be the first time we bring the boys on board as part of this weekly evaluation and planning process. I’m (slowly) reading a great book by Bruce Feiler called The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More. In his first chapter, he lays out a plan for the weekly meetings that we will be following. (You can order a copy of his book from our Amazon resource page by clicking on the title above.)

Personal: Set alarm for regular wake up time and spend 1 hour in morning routine. That routine includes:

  • Bible listen (while exercising)
  • Prayer
  • Exercise
  • Water
  • Thankfulness
  • Day planning

Lot’s of people talk about the value of a morning routine to your spiritual, physical, and mental well being. It’s also a proven way to boost your productivity whether you go to work as  mom each day or you run a business, or work a job. Try it for 60 days and see what happens!

Physical: Lose 25 pounds by June 1st – keep it off through December 31st. This is a big challenge for me. But I have come to a place of truly believing that this is important. So I’ve tied this in with my personal morning routine to set myself up for success as best I can. This is my “stretch goal” because I know I’ll have to work very intentionally to achieve it.

Financial: Have $XXXXX in savings by December 31. About two years we achieved our goal of getting our family completely out of debt. That was exhilarating! Since then, we have lived in the most inexpensive housing we could find with a goal of saving up enough to pay cash for a home of our own in the country. If you are looking for help here, I highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s materials. Financial Peace University has had a huge impact on many families, his book “The Total Money Makeover” sits on my desk. Another great resource that I’ve used is my friend Dave Westbrook’s Country Living University online training. It covers a broad range of topics that will affect your finances including strategies for earning AND saving money. This one is helpful particularly if you want to move your family to the country.

Ministry: Grow our email list beyond 10,000 subscribers by December 31st. This is a huge goal but achieving it will mean that we have the opportunity to minister to thousands more people than we do today. Sharing our story of a Big God who is still in the business of healing hearts and homes, is Gospel work for us. It’s all about HOPE – something desperately needed in 2015.

So there you have it. My 7 goals for 2015. Will I reach all of them? Time will tell. But I do know this… working towards each of these goals will make me more of the man God is calling me to be. These goals will help me balance all of my responsibilities as a believer, a husband, a daddy, a provider, and a servant.

If you’re interested in hearing how I plan to implement these goals, or if you’d like to hear how I’m doing through out the year, say so in the comments below. If it’s of interest to enough of you, I’ll make the time to share.

God bless you in this brand new year. Take some time now to map out your priorities for the next 12 months, and make sure that the things that matter most, God and family, factor heavily in your planning.

– Richie

2 Comments

  • Sue Rogers

    Reply Reply January 4, 2015

    I’d love to see how you are doing along the way. Thanks for inspiring us all yet again. 🙂

    • superadmin

      Reply Reply January 9, 2015

      Thanks Sue. I have another post nearly ready for those who wanted to see HOW I was doing it. I will be checking in (probably monthly) with updates on my progress.

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