November Goals & 7 Ways to Create Helpful, Reachable…yet Challenging Goals

I don’t know about you guys but this season has been ROUGH for me. I have been feeling really unmotivated lately. I have felt extremely defeated and like I’m not making any progress. I have been letting the enemy get in my head and speak lies into my mind. I have been feeling down about myself, what I’m going to do after graduation, how much needs to be done at our house still, and honestly, about the blog. I feel as if i’ve lost my steam. Luckily, God is so good and I saw another blogger I follow does goals for each month and shares them with her subscribers! And I thought to myself…I LOVE THAT IDEA!!

I love the idea of creating goals and sharing them with your community. By sharing my goals with you, I am letting you into the vulnerable places of my life. I’m letting you see what I haven’t yet accomplished, what I’m currently struggling with, what I’m working towards, and hopefully, eventually, what I have accomplished! I am so excited to embark on this vulnerable, goal chasing journey together!!

Let’s get to it!

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NOVEMBER GOALS

  • Clean out/organize our guest room
  • Finish hanging & setting up our room
  • Make the most of sermons and follow this advice.
  • Clean up & prep a new budget for next year
  • Decorate the house for Christmas
  • Find new ways to spend time and connect with Brad in the evenings
  • Read The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst again
  • Go through the Women in the Word // Old Testament from She Reads Truth again
  • Finish planning youth stuff for the first couple of months of next year
  • Send out graduate invitations
  • Get my closet organized

WEEKLY GOALS

  • Cook dinner twice times a week for Brad and I
  • Date night every Tuesday
  • Social media free after 10 PM (starting small friends..)
  • Call my mom and my grandma once a week
  • FaceTime Tim & Mandey, if possible, once a week
  • Have a Sabbath once a week (like a legit one! No work!)
  • Have one jam session in the car with Brad

DAILY GOALS

  • Spend 30 minutes a day doing some type of quiet time (prayer, reading the Word, worship)
  • Get work stuff entered in before 5:00 PM each night
  • Cell phone free once I’m in bed

Now that you’ve seen my goals for the month, the week, and each day. Let me share with you some of the tips I use to create my goals list!

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7 Steps for Creating Helpful, Reachable…yet Challenging Goals

  1. Think BIG picture. What do you want your month, week, or days to look like? Make your goals things that will get you to that place. For instance, for the holidays I want my house to be almost completely put together. That’s why some of my goals have to do with things around the house. Another example is that I want my life to be centered around Christ. That’s why I have books I want to read, devotionals, and getting more out of sermons on my goal list. One last example is that I want to invest in my marriage and work toward beating that 50% divorce statistic, which if you’re not new around here you know that. That’s why I have put things on my goal list that directly impact my marriage, such as finding new ways to connect with my husband.
  2. Be realistic. You know what you’re capable of and what you can handle. There is a way to create goals that challenge you and push you out of your comfort zone while still being realistic. Don’t overwhelm yourself. For instance, I KNOW I have a problem with being on my phone and social media. I am working towards breaking that habit, but I have to be reasonable and not try and force myself into breaking a habit too quickly. The same goes for cooking. I literally cook maybe once or twice every two weeks. (I know…I know…) So, instead of trying to start cooking every meal, I challenged myself to cook twice a week. Be patient with yourself and take your time to get to your overall goal.
  3. Make goals that you actually want to accomplish. Sometimes we convince ourselves that ____ should be a goal we have, but we really don’t want to accomplish it. You’re just asking to fail in that situation. You want your goals to be something you care about and would actually work towards accomplishing! For instance, for me that would be eating healthy. I want to eat healthy, but right now I don’t have the time or effort to really try to start eating healthy. Therefore, I’m not going to make that a goal of mine right now, because I’m KNOW I won’t check it off the list. You want to check things off and be able to feel like you actually accomplished something!
  4. Focus on small goals. So often we think of these BIG goals, but never any small ones. Little do we realize that the smaller goals are what gets us to the bigger goals! Another tip I have that goes along with this is to list out your small goals separatelyIt feels good to check things off of your goals or to-do list. So, listing your smaller goals separately helps you feel like you’re actually achieving something! For instance, my big picture goal is to get my house settled in. My smaller goals are cleaning out our guest room, finishing up our room, and organizing my closet. Honestly, I could cut them down even smaller if I wanted to, but you get the point. It helps us feel like we’re actually accomplishing something and motivates us to keep going!
  5. Don’t put all of your goals on one list. This can be overwhelming and make everything seem unreachable. Make a goal list for the year, the quarter, the month, the week, and the day. You don’t have to make all of these, but you see what I mean by different lists. That way you are able to categorize and really see what goals you can work on each day, each week, or the ones that you need more time, like a month or a year. For instance, getting rid of debt. That might be a year goal. Where you could have a weekly goal of only spending _____ amount of money or putting _____ amount towards your debt each month. It helps us focus more and actually work towards our goals.
  6. Share your goals with others. There is nothing worse than setting goals and feeling like you have to accomplish them by yourself. Set up accountability. Talk to your best friends, your spouse, or even your parents or coworkers about your goals. This will help you stay motivated as well, because you have someone checking in on them. It also lets people come alongside you and complete the goals with you!
  7. Last, but not least. Make your goals (or at least some of them) FUN! Who wants to complete a bunch of boring goals?! NOT ME! Have fun creating your goals, be creative, challenge what you normally think a “goal” is! One of mine is to make sure I have at least one jam session in the car with Brad. This is something we do a lot that always leaves me laughing and helps me focus on the positives! Think of things like this for you and make them a priority! Write them on your list!

I would love to hear some of your goals for this month, this week, or even your day-to-day! Share them in the comments below and lets chase our goals together!!

Courtney

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6 thoughts on “November Goals & 7 Ways to Create Helpful, Reachable…yet Challenging Goals

  1. Courtney, I so enjoy your blog – the posts, the pictures, the vulnerability. So much wisdom packed in one little person! Thanks for being willing to put it all out there! Miss you girl, Steph

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