At the start of the year, I had big plans for 2018 – a big part of which was eight goals I had uncovered.
This was my first year using a goal planner called PowerSheets, and I don’t think it was by accident.
Throughout the month of December, I spent time digging into what I wanted 2018 (and beyond) to look like as I uncovered my goals during my PowerSheets prep work. With a lot of uncertainty ahead regarding my health, I worked on uncovering goals with the belief that I was going to be back up to full speed in no time. Truthfully, a different reality never crossed my mind.
But, when January came around, it seemed there was a very different path I was meant to journey down. While some of the goals I had set still made sense, others didn’t. But instead throwing out my PowerSheets, I recognized the value in continuing to set monthly / weekly/ and daily goals – focusing on the areas I was able to make progress and doing my best not to become discouraged by the rest.
And then a beautiful thing happened in April – it was time for a goal refresh. The creators of the PowerSheets recognize that goals can change. What makes sense in one season of life may not make sense in another. This was certainly the case in my situation.
By undergoing the goal refresh, I was able to let go of the eight goals I had set and instead embrace my current reality. So now, instead of eight, I have four goals that support this season of life.
It isn’t always easy to let go of the things we hope to accomplish – especially when life decides to throw a curveball – but it’s funny how life’s curveballs can actually end up becoming some of the best things that happen to you.
I’ve been making little by little progress on my new goals for almost two months now and the biggest takeaway has been this: we can’t do it all and do it well (one of my favorite quotes by the creator of the PowerSheets, Laura Casey).
My PowerSheets goal refresh helped me to hone in on what is most important in life and where I want my focus to be this season. It’s not always easy to set aside our own desires and surrender, but when we do, the blessings tend to start flowing.
So, in this season of life, these are my main areas of focus:
Grow in my relationship with our Savior.
Focus on health + wellness in all its forms.
Build long-lasting relationships.
Work toward financial freedom.
Each day, I’m celebrating the progress I’m able to make on these goals because, for me, these goals are what matter most.
One Final Note
I have one final tidbit to share that makes me think the PowerSheets were not meant to just be a fun goal planner, but a tool that helped me find strength in this season of life.
During PowerSheet prep work, you uncover your word of the year. This year, I selected the word contentment. At the time, I struggled to feel like it was meant to be my word of the year, but kept coming back to it so I stuck with it.
Now as I look back, it was absolutely perfect. I’m discovering the power of contentment in just about every area of my life.
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” …Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Cor. 12:9-10
This season is all about learning to find contentment and embrace the life we have been given. So I’m embracing a life of contentment not only in this season but hope to in all the seasons to come for we do not yet know what they hold.