Day 13: Goals
This is actually a hard challenge for me. I have goals about so many different things. I have a weight loss goal, I have goals for projects I want to get completed at my house, I have goals for my family & my children - for their futures, I have goals for my career, heck one particular goal is to make it through all 30 days of this challenge without missing a day...well, you get the point. So, to sit down to type out all my goals in this post would be difficult. It would be lengthy at best.
Wikipedia says: Goal-setting ideally involves establishing specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-targeted objectives. These are SMART goals - we have to set goals at work that meet each of the SMART requirements. But in life, it's hard to define goals this way. Not all my goals are specific - I want my children to grow up happy. My goal is to give them a good, Christian upbringing & hopefully prepare them for life on their own. Well, I specifically want them to be happy, but I don't know specifically what is going to make them happy in life. And how do you measure something like that - there isn't a happy-o-meter that I can put up on the wall to measure how happy my husband, my kids or I am at any given point. I do believe that happiness is attainable - I actually put that in my beliefs in yesterday's challenge post. I said that I believe you can be happy if you WANT to be - so it's definitely attainable...and very realistic. I don't think you can put a time table on happiness, though. I mean, I would love for my family to be happy all of their lives, but we all know that isn't realistic, is it. There are going to be times that are very, very hard and sad. So, my goal there would be that I hope I prepare my children to learn how to deal with life's more unhappy moments.
Life's goals are much harder to define by any standard. Weight loss, home improvements, career, these things are much more easily defined and written down on paper. But when you step back and take a look those aren't the goals that make your life important. Life goals are the ones that give your day to day more meaning.
My goals for my life are to be a good wife to my wonderful husband b/c he deserves it, to be a good mommy to my children b/c they are amazing miracles that I love so dearly, to be a good woman and live my life as an example and not in hypocrisy and to be happy b/c I want to be and b/c I know that I can!
Jeez...lighten up already, would ya lady!?!?!
Okay -I will! Come back another day and I'll tell you all the awesome goals I have set for my home improvements - the kitchen redo is through phase 2 and I really need to post about that! Phase 3 is going to be delayed until 2011 - holidays are getting too close to jump into that just now.
(Link up at Katie's blog)