This year, I set goals for myself. My process is pictured above.

1. Self-awareness (brain dump).

In order to plan how to get somewhere, you need to know 2 things:

1. Where you’re going, and
2. Where you’re at.

The first step of setting goals is to identify where you are on the map in relation to where you’d like to go. In my world, this is called the “brain dump.”

How I did this — I reflected on my last year and wrote down two or three pages full of things I wanted to grow in and/or do.

2. Strategy.

You may have heard of “s.m.a.r.t.” goals:

S – specific, significant
M – measurable, meaningful
A – attainable, action-oriented
R – relevant, rewarding
T – time-bound, trackable

Here’s an example of a not-so-s.m.a.r.t. goal: Get back into dancing.

Some people also divide their goals into categories: mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, etc.

How I did this — I used the Garden City Church core values: gospel, community, and vocation; and added a “fun” section. (I’m not good at having fun.)

3. Strategic brain dump.

Take your categories and re-write your “brain dump” of goals onto the page. Make your “brain dump” smarter using the mnemonic above.

Here’s an example of a not-so-s.m.a.r.t. goal transformed into a s.m.a.r.t. goal: Take 1-2 dance technique classes every month.

How I did this — I wrote what I thought would be my categories, re-wrote my brain dump under the categories, and then re-did my categories. (You can see on the picture above that I didn’t originally categorize into the 3 Garden City core values.) 

4. Goals.

Re-write your strategically categorized brain dump, and there ya go! Goals!

Just for kicks, here are a few of my goals. I set these September 1st, 2012.

1. Memorize scripture (at least 2 verses a month). (Gospel)

2. Affirm someone every day. (Community)

3. Write a blog post every other week. (Vocation)

4. Try a new thing every month (i.e. paddle boarding). (Fun)


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