Thursday, January 14, 2010

Goals Twenty-Ten

I welcome 2010. I'm going to own 2010. I think it's going to be a good year.

Like so many others at this time of year, I'm putting together some goals for the future. Goals have been a popular subject on the Dave Ramsey show recently. You can read/listen to a recent call about goal setting here. It was a good call. Dave identified several categories for goal setting: Career, Financial, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, and Family. I've given these some thought and here's my initial list. I'll leave them open to ongoing review.

Career

  • Do something with those picture books I've written. Write that cover letter. Send it out. That fits under Career, right?.

Financial
  • Tweak our envelope system. Already done.
  • Bump up college savings.
  • Replenish our savings (just bought a new HVAC system for the house...ouch).
  • Work on long range savings (vacation, car, etc).

Spiritual
  • Finish this read-through of the Bible.

Intellectual
  • Dig into my non-fiction reading list. At least one per month. Probably two with some fiction thrown in.

Physical
  • Run a local 5k trail run in the spring.
  • Put on another 10-15 pounds.

Family
  • Family/Couples Devotions. Also falls under Spiritual
  • Family Vacation!

A less tangible goal for the year would be to pursue my strengths. That is, spend less time worrying about my weaknesses and, instead, invest more into what I do well. That doesn't mean I'll slack off on things I don't enjoy activities where I don't feel gifted. I just not worry about it as much. God gave me my strengths for a reason.

The real question, of course, is whether I'll follow through with this goals.

2 comments:

James Kubecki said...

What if worrying about your weaknesses IS your strength?

Seriously, though, excellent and admirable goals.

Brett said...

Reminds me of a scene from The Office:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRmg4Pt4eFQ#t=2m31s

"My weaknesses are actually strengths"