My Purposeful Planning: Personal Goals

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We are in a series called My Purposeful Planning where we explore different areas for setting goals and planning to be purposeful and intentional in our lives.

We’ve already explored Spiritual Goals, so you can read that if you missed it. Today we are discussing Personal Goals. A personal goal would just be something that you’ve set out to work on and achieve yourself. It might be something that could really fit into a number of categories, or it could just be one of those goals that doesn’t really fit into a particular category. I think of it as those goals that are helping you to grow as a person – whether it’s by pursuing your own self-care by doing the things you love, or by resolving to just be a life-learner of things and never stop growing and learning. It’s that growth mindset that we’ve talked about before. It may be all of the information we take in and the consistent application of that information that will ultimately bring the transformation in our lives. Whatever it may be, I encourage you to set a personal goal and work on it.

Personal Goal Ideas:
-Read more. (Set a specific goal for how many books you’d like to read per year, chapters per day, etc.)
-Listen to podcasts.  (Make a list, and start to tackle it while you fold laundry, clean up the kitchen, or on your daily commute.)
-Learn more about gardening (or whatever topic interests you).
-Make something new every month (a sewing creation, scrapbook page, new recipe, etc.).
-Run a marathon. (Create a plan of action for your training to be ready to achieve this big goal.)

My Current Personal Goals:
My goal right now is to read 12+ books this year. At this point, I’ve already read two and listened to one audio book (which I’m counting still!). I’m working through two or three others also. One of them is an assigned reading from a class I’m taking, and the other two are ones I’ve chosen. I recently heard an idea while listening to a podcast about having a set time to read each day.  In this podcast episode, it was suggested to have a “Book Basket” of sorts, even for us as adults, so that in that reading time we can choose the book that best suits our current mood. This idea seem genius to me, and ensures that I’ll make progress in my reading, no matter what kind of mood I’m in.

So what will be your personal goal?! Write it down, and tell someone. Studies show that those who write down their goals are 42% more likely to be successful in actually achieving them. If you haven’t read my posts on two great methods for goal-setting, you can find them here and here.

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