“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
Yesterday, I created my first SMART goal:
“By Friday, December 1st (time-based and entered into my calendar), I will have written one daily blog per day (measurable, achievable and realistic) about overcoming food addiction (specific) which is grounded in God’s Word (more specific and personally-oriented).”
I love that I started my SMART goal with a “near future” deadline! Since December 1st is only six days away, the likelihood that I monitor and meet my deadline is very good. I will continue to set small, manageable deadlines so that I don’t lose sight of them. I plan to set most of my deadlines in one or two-week intervals. I can’t imagine that I will set a deadline that is more than two weeks out because I know that I will forget about and dismiss it. When we set arbitrary deadlines, we minimize the importance of the goal. Other things come up and take momentary precedence over the deadline. After skipping a lot “well-intended deadlines”, we lose sight of the goal and why it was so important in the first place.
I have also decided that I will create two money jars & place them in visible place. I will label one jar “I DID IT”, and the other jar “NOT YET”. Each time that I meet the goal by the deadline, I will place $20 in the “I DID IT” jar. Each time I do not meet the deadline, I will place the $20 in the “NOT YET” jar. Once I set & achieve the new deadline, I will move the $20 from the “NOT YET” jar to the “I DID IT” jar. The premise is that I maintain a growth mindset and not give up!