Every year I hear the statistics of failed “Resolutions”, failed goals, and all the other reasons why we shouldn’t even try to set the bar higher for ourself for the next year. I also hear comments such as, "you shouldn’t need to set new goals and be a new you, you should just aim for lifestyle change and be doing that already.” I hear you, and I get it. However, I’ve been setting audacious goals for myself for years, I even found this blog post of me writing about it years ago on the Red Culture blog. I have not stopped setting goals and chasing big dreams, and I think the New Year is a perfect time to do these things. I want to share a little bit about why this is a big deal for me.
1) Going from December 31 to January 1 has nothing divinely spiritual about it. I use this time because we have set forth a calendar with a beginning and end. I like to have a timeline on my goals, and often one year is a good aim for me. It is beyond what is comfortable, it is beyond what it takes for something to become habit, and it pushes me to do something that seemed impossible. The sense of accomplishment I get at the end of the year is worth it to me, and I hope it is helping me to build healthy habits in my life.
2) A beginning and end are good times to reflect on what has happened in the past and dream for the future. What happened this past year? Was it good? Celebrate it. Was it awful? Grieve it. Use the time to reflect on what has happened to you, so you can move forward to either repeat the success or avoid the failures. We must continually learn from ourselves and learn from our past, so we can move into all that God has for us. I don’t want to be the same last year as I am this year- I want to constantly be in process of becoming a better man, husband, father, and Son of God.
3) How does setting a goal hurt you? For all the naysayers out there, why not set a goal and utilize the beginning of the year? Are you afraid to chase after something bigger? Are you afraid you’ll fail, because worse than the let down of failure is the let down of never trying and constantly wondering what could have been. I love chasing after a goal, and for me the beginning of the year is the perfect time to asses my life goals and set some smaller goals to help me accomplish them.
For the record- I set about 10 goals last year and successfully accomplished 8 of them. Is that perfect? Nope, but 8 is better than zero goals set and zero goals accomplished. What are you aiming for this year?