The Gift of Goals – My March Report

Some of this is harder than I thought. But, if I had not chosen to set specific, measurable goals and then taken the additional step of sharing my progress with you, I would have missed out big time.

Imagine if I had just chosen “a word for the year”? Wouldn’t that have been better?

Nope, no personal reflection required there. But I didn’t. I set concrete goals and promised to share my progress with you. So here’s the update on my progress for the month of March.

  • Spiritual – I’m making headway on my Bible listening program again. I’m also realizing that a consistent schedule is imperative for me to stay on track with this one.
  • Date nights – we are making great progress on this one. Timi and I actually attended a marriage seminar as guests and had a powerful experience. It was not only a delightful time, it was meaningful as issues surfaced that really touched our hearts and drew us closer together.
  • Family meetings – what doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done… I put them on the calendar for this month! I find that having the concept of a family meeting in my head has meant that I see issues as opportunities to have a family conversation at the next meeting. (Agenda items for my fellow list makers!)
  • Morning Routine – Ughhh! (Enough said about THAT!!)
  • Physical – Spent this month focusing on meeting my daily activity goals using my Fitbit activity monitor. It was helpful to get me moving more but did not move the scale in the direction I wanted (At all). So now we continue staying active and start replacing one meal a day with just raw fruit or a smoothie. (time is running out!)
  • Still feeling good about progress toward our financial goal.
  • Ministry reach – after serious delays due to technical issues, we are back on track and hope to take our new email acquisition tool out for a test drive in the next 10 days!

So what do I gain from reviewing my progress and sharing it with you each month – besides humility?

Focus – Each month when I share my report, I evaluate whether each of these goals is worth my continued effort. I continue to believe they are. So the process brings my attention back to the goal and prods me to ask “What do I need to do differently to meet this goal?”

Insight – I’m consistently struggling with certain goals each month. The regular review prompts me to ask, “Why is this proving to be so difficult? How does this goal connect to my story in ways that make achieving it challenging?”

Prayer – The goals that continue to elude me also lead me to the recognition that I need external power to accomplish them. That realization moves me to pray. On the wall beside my desk I have printed out a quote that reads, “Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice.”

 So I take my failed attempts to Him and ask for insight, strength, determination, and power. If we choose to live in a world without targets towards which we are striving, we miss out on the painful gift of knowing that we need divine assistance to become the men and women we long to be.

Pressing on!

– Richie


What has falling short of your goals taught you? Share in the comments section below.


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  1. cheryl wallace
    8 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder!

    • Richie
      8 years ago

      You bet… I write these as reminders to myself!