At the beginning of this year, I wrote about my word for the year: consistency. (See the post here.) In February, I wrote about it again. But since then I haven’t mentioned my word much (and I see a lot of YOU haven’t mentioned yours lately either…) Now that it’s getting to the end of the year, I thought it might be time to take stock.
Here were some of my consistency goals:
- I want to consistently seek out God
- I want to consistently encourage others
- I want to consistently find joy
- I want to consistently be investing in myself and my business
- I want to consistently be intentional about everything I say and do so that others who see me, talk to me or read my words will know, without a doubt, who I am and what I believe (and put into action! See my post about that!)
I think I’ve done well with most of these. I’ve been consistently seeking God and His will for my life by listening to a plethora of Christian podcasts, being involved in a women’s Bible study, and seeking out Bible studies I can do on my own. It’s a bit ironic that by doing these things, I’ve also consistently been finding joy and encouraging others in the process. Sometimes when you really focus on God, the rest falls into place.
In addition, I created some very specific goals for myself. These included being consistent, but also specifically for things like increasing my income (I set a 5% increase goal on that), communicating CONSISTENTLY with my husband, exercising daily (for at least 30 minutes), and fostering good relationships.
As I began to take stock recently of these specific goals, I see that I’ve been doing well. In fact, I’ve exceeded my income increase goal (thank you, Lord, for new publishers and new clients). Sometimes the communication with my husband is still tough – he’s still doing dissertation work and is really focused on that – but we try. Exercise has been going well and I do come close to doing that 30 minutes every day. (Alas, I’ve gained weight though so I’m feeling a little bit like I’ve failed on that endeavor.) But I’ve fostered several new, fledgling friendships this year and I hope they will continue to grow and thrive.
As we head into the winter months, I know my work will slow down some and the dreary days might bring on depressed moods and lack of motivation. To combat this – and to keep with my consistency goals – I’ve begun working again on my nonfiction book about negativity and finding God’s truth for our souls. I’ve got a lot of words, but not a very organized structure. However, I plan to work on it through the winter and hope – no, wait, my GOAL is to have a finished product come spring.
I know I can count on my readers to help me by praying consistently for me and these goals. I’ll certainly pray for you as well.
How about you? What is your word for the year and how are you following the goals you’ve set for yourself? I’d love to hear about them.
Hope you’re having a good week. God bless!