As an ADD/Dyslexic pastor, I have learned that without specific goals in my life, my schedule tends to overwhelm my best intentions. I intend to read, but few books get read. I intend to blog, but you can see by my history how well that works. I have all the best intentions but without specific goals and plans, my intentions are well… pointless intentions.
In 2016 I set three goals before myself: 1. To embrace daily prayer in my life. 2. To read at least one chapter of a nonfiction book a day. 3. To bring discipline to my eating habits. I am glad to say that I succeeded in 2 of my three goals for 2016.
For 2017 I am going to place before myself 7 goals (you can call them resolutions) to guide my coming year.
1. My Struggle: I have yet to overcome an addiction to food or the shame of over eating. My goal for 2017 is to gain control over what goes into my body, both in substance and in quantity. I am learning as I grow older that there is nothing that affects my mood, my energy, and my life quite like food.
2. My Church: As a pastor, I am a people pleaser. I love to make you happy, often to the detriment of the church as a whole and to the detriment of my family. Truthfully, I have a hard time saying no to anyone. I despise confrontation. My goal for 2017 is to learn to say no to what is not healthy for the church, as well as what steals my time from first priorities.
3. My Study: This past year I took a refresher course on the Greek language. Through this class,
I began the practice of daily translating a passage of Scripture and dwelling on its meaning. My goal for 2017 is to translate a passage of Scripture from the Greek text every single day.
4. My Writing: Hello Blog, it’s me, you’ve been neglected. My goal for 2017 is to write weekly on WesFaulk.com. I am looking forward to writing about ministry, running, small town life, family, and doctoral studies.
5. My Reading: Over the past year I have become a reader. My goal for 2017 is to read 30 non fiction books. I’ll take any recommendations you have.
6. My Family: There are many day I have allowed stress, time, and exhaustion to steal important moments away from my kids. There are many nights I come home, say hi to my girls and then kiss them goodnight. My goal for 2017 is to spend quality time with my children daily.
7. My Running: Running is how I have learned to deal with stress. My goal in 2017 is to run 1000 miles. This equates to about 3 miles a day.
These are my goals for 2017, how about you? What are your goals for 2017? It is going to be a great year!