I had great intentions, after all I believe the buzz word on many blogs was "Be Intentional". I thought I had that. They were good goals. I had some specific goals concerning my marriage and children. I wanted to spend more time in the Word, memorize more scripture, read more, exercise more - and so on.
Each of my goals were clearly defined. For example, I wanted to memorize one scripture per week. Because it would be of my own choosing, I didn't see any reason why that could not be done. Well, that and several others fell far short of what I saw as the victory finish line.
I did read more books, so that was a plus. Although many of the specific goals were unmet, there were other areas that didn't make the list, but were greatly improved. And I learned something about setting goals in my life and what being intentional means for me.
If I don't have a specific reason attached to my goal, I will fail. I want to be in better shape, but doesn't everyone this time of year? However, the reason I want to be in better shape is to be healthy for my family and so that I have all the energy and strength I need to play with my grandchildren.
When I set the goal and have a very specific reason with it and then break it down into doable chunks, I have a much better chance of achieving it.
Some things also need to go. Just adding a long list of "want to-dos" in my life, without removing some other "don't-need-to-dos", I will probably fail again. For example, I do not need to stand in front of the TV mindlessly watching the Today Show before work. Instead, I could be going over my memory verses.
While that might be a small something, I realize there are bigger areas or more undisciplined areas in my life that need some sifting and sorting.
I'm still praying about my goals for 2012 and wanting to make sure that God is very much in the midst of them. And I'm very excited to see where He leads me.