I enjoy setting goals. It helps me determine what my priorities are and keeps me focused. Having something to work toward adds structure to my days and prevents me from aimlessness. I know that I need accountability in my goals because, while I am not great about keeping promises to myself, I am a people pleaser and will work hard to live up to what I’ve shared with others in order to prevent disappointing them.
I know it is good to work to my strengths and, while I am not proud to admit my people pleasing struggle, I know publicly announcing my intentions will help me to be faithful to complete them. Why it doesn’t matter as much to fail privately probably says the most about my need for external acceptance, but that’s a subject for another day.
The point of this article is to share my goal for 2019. I had quite a few goals last year which kept me quite busy. The book goals were ambitious but fun for most of the year. They got a little cumbersome toward the end but I am thankful for all that I learned from diversifying my reading. The past few years my goals have focused on three categories – personal/growth, spouse/marriage, and kids/family. I think they have been good for nurturing these important aspects of my life.
The second half of 2018 I was beginning to feel a pull toward less, toward simplicity. I want to focus on fewer things so that I can enjoy what I am doing, improve my proficiency in those areas, and not feel pulled in too many directions. I often have been interested in trying new things and wanting to be a Jack-of-all-Trades. But we know the second half of that saying, “Master of None.” Recently I have admitted to myself that there is one dream I most want to accomplish and realized that I will have to eliminate things that distract me from that goal or take up time I should be allotting to it. I want to have more time to devote to what is really important.
In that spirit, I have decided to set only one goal for 2019, but don’t worry, it’s a doozy. My goal this year is to write a book.
You might know that I have already published a book. I started writing it after I got married and finished it a few months before my daughter was born in 2010. I used a company to help edit, format, create cover art, and publish it which happened in February of 2012, right when I became pregnant with my son. Needless to say, my time has since been consumed largely by my wonderful family.
This past fall my youngest started kindergarten which means both kids are now in school for seven to eight hours five days a week. Having regular chunks of free time allowed me to think about my goals and personal dreams again.
I didn’t know if I would write another book after the first one but I had an idea for a new book about two years ago and started outlining it. This year I want to get it finished and try to find a publisher. It’s quite ambitious but I know if I state it out loud there’s a very good chance that it will happen. The odds are much higher than if I keep my aim to myself.
So, there you have it. A book written in 2019. I would love to hear about your goals for this coming year. Are you good about keeping promises to yourself or do you struggle like me? Is there something particularly ambitious you’d like to try to accomplish? Please share it with me!
Happy New Year! May your 2019 be filled with joy, laughter, friends, family, and fun.