Why I Still Set Annual Goals


Some people say it’s a pointless activity, this annual goal-setting.

The reasoning is that people often set the same goals – and still don’t achieve them from year to year.

But, as a boss told me once early on in my career, it’s better to aim high and miss.

So, full disclosure – there are “returning goals” on my 2017 list.  But you know what – even though I didn’t get the results on all my goals that I wanted last year, I DID work on those goals. And they still matter, so they make the transfer.  And, I did accomplish and even exceed some of my goals.  So that’s exciting!

I mean – it’s kind of like a to-do list, right?  Sometimes there are things on your to-do list that eventually drop off, because they no longer are relevant.  But most of the time, they stay on until we are able to cross them off.  (or digitally check, or whatever method strikes your fancy.)  Russell Moore did a great little podcast talking about resolutions the other day, which you can access here.

My goals are the “big rocks” of my life (for those of you who remember the Stephen Covey analogy… and if you don’t know it – it’s worth a google search).  These are areas that matter to me for my personal growth.

So, I’m still setting goals because I get things done that I wouldn’t without the goals.  For example, in 2015 I set a goal to read 15 books.  That seemed like a big jump from the 6-7 I’d been reading.  Guess what?  I read 32!  So in 2016, I decided to stretch myself and go for a CRAZY goal of reading 40 books.  And… drum roll, please… I read 66!!  Yep.  You read that right.  Some of those were audio books, and some were fiction – but I read a lot of books I wouldn’t have otherwise.  If you want to see what I read, check out my Pinterest boards for 2015 and 2016.  My goal for 2017 is 75 books, which again feels crazy – but we’ll see what happens.  I’ll be tracking my 2017 reads here.

Need Some Tools?

Last year, I invested in a class by Arabah Joy called Grace Goals.  I found it to be a helpful tool in thinking through the goals that I wanted to accomplish. And, as a Christian, it included the spiritual component that I was looking for also.

A few other resources I’ve found helpful in goal setting include Tim Challies’ book, Do More Better, which is on sale on Amazon (Kindle version) right now.  Also, Michael Hyatt has a wealth of information on his website, his podcasts and his books.

So this year… my goals include people, health, spiritual life, reading and a few more.  How about you?



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