{On Setting Goals}

Saturday, December 28, 2013

It's that time of year again to start setting goals for the New Year! Tim and I like to keep our goals simple and sweet. After all, it's always better to have fewer goals that you actually accomplish than have several you don't finish!

We choose to break down our individual goals into 4 categories: Spiritual, Physical, Relational, and Professional. A spiritual goal could be to memorize a verse a week, physically you could run a half-marathon, relationally you could organize a reunion with family or college friends, and professionally your goal could be to apply to 5 different jobs that have a shorter commute or buy coffee for your co-workers 1 x a month. Even simple goals can be challenging, just make sure they're measurable!

As far as marital goals go, Tim and I break these down into 4 categories as well: Spiritual, Physical, Relational, and Financial. Perhaps someday we'll simplify our goal categories to just Husband / Wife, Dad / Mom, and friend. But for now, a marital spiritual goal could be to pray with your spouse each night before bed, physically you could compete in an adventure race together (btw, physically can also mean setting intimacy goals), relationally your goal might be to have a different couple over for dinner 1 x a month, and financially it may look like establishing and following a budget or giving X amount more than you gave away last year. Either way, your marital goals should stretch both of you. If they're too easy, you're not challenging yourself enough.

Overall, our main advice regarding goals would be to write them down. Only 3% of people actually have written goals. If you write them down you're much more likely to follow through with them. Also, victory comes with accountability, so be sure and share your goals with friends who will encourage you to follow through with them!

Lastly, always remember the purpose for setting goals is to be transformed by them in the process. What they make of you is always far greater than what you actually achieve!

Em & Tim

11 comments:

Amanda said...

This is such a great idea. James and I should probably write some of ours down!

monster cakes said...

As a younger married person, you guys really inspire me. It feels so strange to say this, but stumbling upon your blog has been a true blessing to my marriage. Thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart.

Ingrid @ thesunnyside.me said...

Thanks so much for posting these! John and I are going to start on our goals this weekend.

Your structure or guidelines are great for this...
Have a great weekend

Katie said...

seriously, i'm printing this out!

morgandkim said...

nice one team loerke.
good luck with the new years goals.
-kim

Molly Roberson said...

Wowsy! Y'all be smarty. Thanks for encouraging me today!

Anonymous said...

Aww you guys are awesome! Thanks for the rad advice!

brlracincwgrl said...

Wonderful advice! Thank you for the inspiration, as always :).

Anonymous said...

This is somewhat off topic, but kind of in line with our New Years goals...

My husband and I have been trying to get more into camping, but we have a very limited budget. Do you have any advice/recommendations for people just starting out? Right now we have a tent and one sleeping bag. Camping gear is oh-so-expensive! Any advice would be SO appreciated! Love reading your blog and y'all seem like quite the camping experts :)

Vanessa Jergensen said...

Love the idea of marital goals...so sweet to focus energy on growing in that area, and often something I overlook and take for granted.

Thanks for the encouraging words, Em & Tim. Felicidades in the New Year!

xo, Vanessa

Devin said...

Thanks so much for the ideas, Em! Pete and I wrote down our goals tonight, and I'm excited about what 2014 has in store. :)

Hope you, Tim and baby Loerke are doing awesome!

Devin

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