2022 has been a tough year. Most people I know didn’t meet their goals this year. We can blame it on inflation, covid hangover, or just lack of energy. Or just maybe did you sabotage your goals this year? Join me for Episode 90 of Just One Simple Thing as I share the five most common mistakes people make when trying to reach their goals.
We’ve almost made it to the end of the year. And I’m sure that 2022 is one year that we’d all like to put behind us. But before we do, it’s helpful to take a look back and see what we could do differently this year to make it better.
Here are five questions you can ask as you look back.
1. Was your goal too broad?
Your goal needs to be specific. If you’ve listened to Episode 40, you know that I’m not all about SMART goals. But your goal does need to be specific enough that you can actually see your progress. But it also needs to be flexible, because in a year like this, you need to be able to adjust as the year goes on.
2. Did you have a plan?
Often, I hear women say, “I’m just not good at planning … I don’t like structure … I can’t figure out what to do next … I’ll just do what the Holy Spirit leads.” Many feel overwhelmed at the idea of gathering all their thoughts, or they feel pinned in by limiting their focus.
Planning is not about being a slave to your to-do list. It’s not about filling up every blank square in your planner. It’s not about shutting down the spontaneous, creative movement of the Holy Spirit.
Planning is about thinking ahead. Thinking ahead allows us to make the best use of the resources and opportunities God has given us. It gives us a framework to make good decisions as we are faced with new opportunities.
3. Did you try to go it alone?
God made us to work in community. Even if you are an introvert, you’ll be more effective if you are working with others along your journey.
4. Do you quit when you needed to adjust?
It’s frustrating when things don’t go as planned. Or when you can never do all the things on your to do list. But guess what? Those things happen to all of us! Explore all the options before you quit.
5. Too Much Learning, Not Enough Doing
You substituted gathering information for forward movement. It’s easy to become a course collector and information consumer, but never put any of that information into action.
This kind of critical look back can be painful and discouraging if you don’t balance it with acknowledging all the things you did right …. All the places where God showed up and filled in the gaps of your mistakes. That’s exactly what we’re doing in the Looking Back to Move Forward Challenge. If you are listening to this any time the week of Dec. 12, 2022, it’s not too late to join us.
As we move towards the end of the year, I hope you are giving yourself some grace, enjoying the holidays, and setting yourself up for success in January. If you want to talk about some ways you can do that, reach out to me on FB or IG @doanewthing and we’ll set up some time together.
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