How many of you have your goals mapped out for 2021?
Let’s make this even simpler-for January? Scripture says it’s smart to plan our ways but we’ve got to remember to let the Lord direct our steps!
What happens when we fail to plan ahead? Let’s read what Luke 14:28-33 says about this,“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.…”
Let's set ourselves up for success in all our planning goals, while making sure to put our center back where it belongs- on a God-Centered approach to planning. You’ll find practical value in every post we share so that you are equipped and ready for whatever 2021 throws at you!
SET GOALS THAT MOTIVATE YOU:
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that there were a lot of things we really were able to do without. It also taught us that we were capable of doing things that we didn’t really want to. 2020 proved to each of us that we are FIERCELY strong!
When I think of this NEW year, I realize I want to make plans and goals that truly matter and bring me JOY. Even though I know I am CAPABLE of doing hard things, I also know that accomplishing tasks is much more effective and life breathing when the outcome is something I’M EXCITED ABOUT. Clearing the mental clutter and casting a vision for 2021 sounds SO much more motivating when doing it with intention. Do you feel the same? If so, let’s set goals that keep us motivated to help us enjoy the journey!
“He who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.” Isaiah 32:8
Step 1) First of all friend, let’s create our JOY LIST.
This is our list of things that bring us joy and will be our benchmark for refreshment throughout the year. Things that you don’t have to convince yourself to do, or try to show up as. Be intentional about how you feel after accomplishing each task and only write down things that make you feel like your best self.
Step 2) Now let’s write down what goals we’d like to accomplish that would help us show up as THE BEST version of ourselves if there were absolutely NO limitations getting in our way.
Oftentimes we think of things that we want to accomplish and we immediately look for reasons why we shouldn’t or couldn’t do them. Instead, let’s look at what you want to do and WHY YOU SHOULD do it. Get creative and find ways to reverse engineer the obstacles around the things you’re wanting to make happen. Pray through the unbelief and ask God to partner with you and provide a way.
Step 3) Write down WHY each goal you set is important and valuable to you.
Make them big, read them back to yourself and then find a way to make them even bigger. This step is SO important because the bigger you dream, the more you allow yourself to accomplish. Another plus is that the bigger your goals, the more you rely on the Lord for the perseverance and strength to run that race!
Are you EXCITED yet by what you’ve planned?!
**Realize that though a man plans his way, it’s the Lord who directs his steps. When we learn to set goals and remain flexible to what God has for us, we find ourselves content knowing there’s no place else we’d rather be! When our why (and the God we serve) is bigger than our obstacles, nothing will be able to hold us back!
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
SET “SMART” GOALS:
I remember when I first became a mama...My desire was to breastfeed both my babes and only feed them organic once they were ready to eat solids. Having only ever had two mouths to feed, I knew adding on a third and then a fourth was going to get expensive. On top of that, I soon realized that many baby foods were full of additives and ingredients I didn’t want them to have. I remember telling myself I needed to find another way. If I was going to reach my goal of feeding our fam organic, I would need to set SMART goals to help us make it happen.
So what exactly does SMART stand for? It’s a super fun acronym that helps get to the heart of what we’re wanting to accomplish while keeping us focused and centered! Remember when we said to dream big and then make them even bigger? When we map out realistic and tangible action steps, we create a path to walk in that keeps us on track when life gets in the way!
HERE’S WHAT THIS ACRONYM STANDS FOR:
T> Time Bound
+Specific: Your goal should be clearly defined.
So for me, wanting to feed my babes organic was a great goal, but in order to hone in on HOW, I was going to have to get specific. I realized that in order to make this affordable AND ensure healthy ingredients, I would need to find a way to make their food myself! That specific perspective change would still lead to the same end goal but with a VERY different way of getting there, in turn making me much more effective at bringing this goal to life. Let’s translate setting specific goals into another relevant topic of weight loss. When getting specific, instead of saying your goal is to lose weight, you’d instead say my goal is to lose 10 pounds and your means to get there by working out.
+Measurable: Make sure your goal can be measured.
When making my own baby food, I needed to determine what my budget looked like. What could I allot to that cost? How often would I need to make it and how long would each batch last. This step came with a bit of trial and error as a new mama but it was something that was pivotal in helping me figure out that this could be done! Ok, now back to the weight loss scenario. If your goal is to burn fat, try to choose daily or weekly cardio workouts over 20 minutes long to build up a sweat and to get your heart rate going strong. Make sure to track your progress and evaluate so you see success!
+Attainable: Although it is good to set high goals to challenge yourself, making sure they’re attainable will help you achieve your desired progress.
Once we figured out our budget, I realized this WAS possible, but I’d have to shop at farmers markets, buy foods in season, and learn to grow my own. Could I handle that? I was up for the challenge!
Can we translate this into weight loss too? Sure can! If you’ve never worked out a day in your life, don’t expect to complete 2 hour workouts per day every single day. Your body will need time to adjust and recuperate. Or if you’re a mama, don’t expect that you’ll always have the time to get every single workout in. Plan for it and schedule them in, but also be realistic and have grace if things don’t always go your way.
+Relevant: Your goal should be relevant to your abilities, needs and interests.
At that particular time in my life, I was SO excited to embark on this journey and it fit into our lives because babies gotta eat!! It was relevant because based on the lifestyle we were choosing, this made perfect sense. And it worked because I knew I was capable of blocking off a couple hours time each week to make it happen.
Now if you want to lose weight but exercising isn’t as appealing as changing your diet and eating healthier plant based meals, it wouldn’t be as relevant for you to map out crazy intense exercise routines that do not bring you joy or reward in doing them. While exercising would help you reach your goals, if you have NO desire to train that way, why would you put yourself through the misery? Doing something like that makes you more likely to quit. Instead, a relevant option might be to choose your meal prepping plan, shop smart or juice as ways to shed the weight you set out to lose. And maybe even throwing in a light walk sometime during your day!
+Time-based: You should set a specific deadline for reaching your goal in order to make your time work for you and be most effective.
Having a start and end date is a great way to enjoy the process. In making my own baby foods, I knew it would only be for a short season as my children had a need for it. And though it was only for a short time, that experience sparked my love of organic gardening, a skill that I utilize till this day.
A time-based benchmark for weight loss might look like losing 10 pounds within the next 4 months.
Setting SMART goals helps us visualize the kind of year we want to walk into and it helps us do it with full intention.
When we skip past goal setting, we fail to set mile markers and we forget to check in with ourselves along the way. In turn, the life we WANT to live becomes even farther out of reach. And we don’t want that, do we?
What’s one area of 2020 that you plan to tackle this way? Write it in your journal and expand on it today!
STAY TRUE TO YOU BY SEARCHING THE SPIRIT WITHIN YOU!
Guest post by: Shelby Azbell Another way we can get specific with your goals is to consider what fruit we want to see be produced from achieving a goal.
Galatians 5:22-23 says…
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
A good way to determine if your goal will be fruitful is to filter it through the fruits of the Spirit.
Say for example, I want to spend an extra 30 minutes a day helping my child with schoolwork- What fruits will this goal produce in me and in my first grader?
-->For me, it will produce greater patience and probably gentleness. -->For my head strong first grader, perhaps self-control and faithfulness to keep trying.
Having the fruit that you want to produce in mind will help you root deeper into your goals and weather out the storms! When we stay true to the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we can begin to operate more efficiently and joyfully, crushing goals and storing up a bountiful harvest of fruit. At the end of the verse above we see “Against such things there is no law.” What this means is that you can never have too much! There is no goal tracker, data chart, or law of nature that can limit the fruits of the Spirit. So, I urge you, as you’re making goals, checking off action steps, and moving forward, take note of the spiritual fruits that you are gaining through perseverance and faith in the Holy Spirit. Your measurable SMART Goals will be accomplished, and your immeasurable fruit will be overflowing!
Now picture this: a tool belt securely around your waist, you know exactly what is available to you, and exactly how to use it.
“Stand firm with the belt of truth securely around your waist. . .” Ephesians 6:14
When we know exactly which tools God has already put inside of us, when we know our identity in Christ above all else. . . we can then stand firm in truth!
The truth is that we are who God says we are- not the scale, not the calendar, not the paycheck.
When the truth becomes our driving force and our security, we can have the confidence to achieve the goals which God is calling us to pursue! So tighten your belt and stay true to who you are- chosen, forgiven, redeemed, precious, a child of God. These are the tools that will hammer out goals and produce fruits of a righteous spirit!
What fruit of the Spirit do you want to grow in during this season of life? Journal this today and reference back when you need encouragement!
SET GOALS IN WRITING
Writing the vision down is a timeless principle. Habakkuk 2:2 says, “And the Lord answered me: Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he who reads it may run.”
When a goal is written down and then implemented, those we lead can 'run' with it and we will see it succeed.
Physically writing down goals makes them real and tangible.
Hanging up those goals in a place where you can see them helps too! If not hanging, then at last written out in your planner where you can check in on them every day.
When putting pen to paper, make sure to use conscious language that sets you up for success in the way you think and speak. Use the word “will” instead of “would like to” and be sure to make your Power Statements.
Today I’d like to challenge us to something:
Write out your power statement(s) and text your top 3 goals to someone that you trust and ask them to be your accountability partner! Be sure to choose someone who will encourage you to chase your dreams. We don’t need any Karen’s following us into 2021!
CREATE A VISION BOARD!
"MAKE YOUR VISION SO CLEAR THAT YOUR FEARS BECOME IRRELEVANT."
There’s something to be said about actually SEEING your goals come to life before they happen. Linking the eyes to the vision you are working toward makes the work you do to get there more motivating.
Vision boards can be as simple or as fancy as you want them to be. The special part of it all is that it is unique to YOU!!
No two people’s boards will look the same, each of us will have different aspects that make it different. Just like there is NO other human on the earth like you, and not one single person EVER who even shares your fingerprint! You are fearfully and wonderfully made-including the dreams and goals that God’s placed inside your heart to walk in.
IF YOU’VE BEEN HOLDING BACK BECAUSE YOU’RE AFRAID TO LISTEN TO THAT STILL SMALL VOICE, IF THAT VOICE HAS GOTTEN LOUDER, BUT THEN SO HAVE YOUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, KNOW THIS:
God did not give you a spirit of fear, but of love and of power and of a sound mind. CHASE THOSE DREAMS and stop playing small, sister. GOD HAS BIG THINGS FOR YOU. Unique to you, that ONLY YOU can fulfill. What are those things? Seek Him for it.
I’ve had multiple girls come to me and tell me they want to start a business or do something else that would literally be life changing . We chat about it for a while, I ask a bunch of questions, we discuss their why, their goals, their hearts behind it all. And ya know how that conversation ends EVERY single time? We close that conversation with me telling them to PRAY ABOUT IT. Listen to the voice within, silence the haters without. And seek the will of the God who knew you before the creation of the world, the one who calls you BY NAME who knows every single day that you should walk in it. He wants to use you to make a difference in this world. Whatever that looks like for you and for your circumstances.
MAKE THOSE VISION BOARDS!!
Here are some fun Vision Board Printables that you can print off to make your very own vision board too:
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**Protip: This is even great for KIDS to do!! Teach them how to dream big audacious dreams and visualize areas of their life they want to see change this year. If it’s easier, break those visions down by months or even weeks. I’d use a magnetic board for that to switch things out easily if you do! Work alongside them as you bring it to life TOGETHER making sure to speak life and encouragment over all that is in their hearts as you do. I did this this exact thing with my daughter last year and she absolutely LOVED it.
When you make your vision board-no matter when that happens-make sure to post it and tag me so I can see!! What are some things you’d add to your vision board?
MAKE AN ACTION PLAN
Goal setting doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
This is one of the blessings of creating a plan of action. It provides clear objectives and CONFIDENCE knowing you have done all you can to set yourself up for success!
Now that we have the feel for mapping out how to set SMART goals (which are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound) we need our action plan! Here’s where we are going to actually write out the individual steps we’ll take to get there. As we accomplish each step, we’ll feel SO pumped up to physically cross items off our list as we complete them!! You’ll realize you ARE making progress toward your goal and this will keep you motivated as you see yourself getting closer!
Where to start:
One thing I LOVE to do is brain dump a list of all my thoughts and ideas that are swirling around my head.
Sometimes my mind gets a little cluttered so it’s good for me to get that all out before trying to weed through my ideas. I tend to do this in one or two different ways- in a voice text to my friend where I let my ideas freely flow and can easily play it back and take notes from it later. Other times it's putting pen to paper with no rhyme or reason until the ideas stop flowing or the pen runs out of ink. There is no organization-yet-that step comes next!
Now if we’re looking at this through a biblical lens, we’ll definitely want to blanket our ideas with prayer. THIS is where we’ll make sense of all we brain dumped. Seeking the Lord’s will for any plans in our life puts GOD at the center and allows us to pull from Him for strength and clear direction. Most recently I found that when I sat before Him first in praise and worship, making it about Him instead of me, I began to have more clarity in all I was trying to accomplish.
Here are some more practical action plan tips and tricks!
1. Set SMART Goals.
2. Work Backwards to Set Milestones.
3. Decide What Actions Are Required to Reach Your Goals.
4. Put Your Actions Into a Schedule.
5. Monitor progress.
6. Follow Through.
So in quick summary, an action plan that lays out the tasks you need to complete in order to accomplish your goal and breaks up the main goal into smaller objectives. This makes the final goal seem less overwhelming and helps you move closer to it in an organized, step-by-step manner.
#Protip: Remember to assign a specific timeline to every step in the process.
GOAL SETTING OILS & SUPPLEMENTS
Did you know that we have some incredibly powerful tools to help us to push forward in achieving all our goals?!
Here are some great oils and supplements to use to help you focus and settle down this season as you conquer those goals and head back to the classroom (virtual or otherwise) and do work- whatever that looks like right now!
This oil has a distinct earthy and grounding scent to it. Use this oil to help focus and stay calm during tense times! This one is a MUST in for your homework routine! It's also important to remember that nothing helps more with focus than a good nights sleep. Use this oil at bedtime on the bottoms of your feet to send you off to dreamland for a more restful and full nights sleep.
Similar in sesquiterpenes levels to Brain Power, it is formulated to help you focus and concentrate on your task at hand! Put a roller attachment on this one and roll it on before the school day begins, or even put it in your bag so that you can use it throughout the day!
Working with the brain to reset faulty patterns and create new, healthier ways to learn and function, you will find that sleep may just turn into something that rejuvenates you body and soul. GREAT for grounding, support in calming down- a wonder oil paired up with vetiver in “off to school” roller!
Remember, it’s our sweet Grandmother oil! Gentle, soft, comforting, relaxing, and all about making us at home. This is the Swiss Army knife of oils, good for anything!
This is an incredible oil for emotional support, very emotionally grounding. This one is great for support when calming down and taking that time to get ready to focus!
Brain Power –
Helps to promote a sense of clarity and focus. Gives your brain the support it needs to do the work it needs to do!
NingXia Red -
This powerful antioxidant supplement brings focus, mental clarity, natural energy without the crash, provides full body nutrition, boosts immune systems and supports the gut as well! Refrigerate and drink 2 oz daily to meet all your wellness needs! To learn more about our family fave, click here!
Super B by Young Living -
A full spectrum Vitamin B filled with the most powerful energy boosting and cognitive function enhancing ingredients. Infused with Nutmeg essential oil to support hormones and adrenal glands and increase it's bioavailablity within the body. Vitamin B is not something our body produces on it's own so this is one of the most important Vitamins we NEED to replenish daily.
Drink More Water -
Drinking water is just plain good for you! - relieved fatigue - increased energy - promotes weight loss - flushes out toxins - improves skin complexion - maintains digestive regularity .... just to name a few benefits. Some experts recommend drinking an ounce of water for every pound you weigh each day, others recommend 8, 8-ounce glasses. No matter what rule of thumb you pick, if you're anything like me, you're probably not getting enough in an average day. So let's talk strategy on upping that water intake and setting ourselves up for success and health! Here are a few ideas: - drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning before you do anything else! Then reward yourself with that coffee - drink a big glass before you go to bed as well - add a squirt of our yummy Vitality Drops to spice things up - fill up a pitcher in the fridge with water and some sliced fruit or cucumber - yum! - Try some Red Drink with Ningxia, Sulfurzyme powder & LaCroix Cheers to the New Year!!
Diffuse these oils! Use them topically! Take your supplements daily. You’ll be so glad for their extra support!
STICK WITH IT!
Days are going to get hard. Kids are going to need your time, work is going to get demanding, your husband is going to want to connect with you, and you’ll feel yourself stretching to meet all those needs. Why? Because that’s what we as women do. I mean-if the Proverbs 31 woman accomplished all her tasks-SHOULDN’T WE?
Many times I read that scripture in Proverbs 31 and I get INSPIRED knowing God may have put that in the Bible TO AFFIRM that women are inherently good at multitasking and holding down the fort-and to say that it’s OK to do that. In fact, scripture calls her BLESSED.
Running multiple businesses, planning how she will use her time, taking care of her family, handling money well, all while being a trustworthy counterpart to her husband...that’s something to aspire to. But here’s the thing, we don’t all have those same circumstances and we won’t ALWAYS be able to do IT ALL. Build in time for rest and don’t feel bad calling in reinforcements! (remember, Miss proverbs 31 had her maidservants to help her too!)