How Do You Make Goals for this Year?

If only…

I’m not sure what’s on your list of goals for this year, but believe me, we’ve all got a list of what we think we should be, what we should have done, and we could go on and on until tomorrow has run out of minutes. Too often I have made New Year’s Resolutions and goals from this place of wanting to make myself better. My lists have been full of if only’s, should’s, and ought to be’s. Too often, my goals have been a little over zealous. Do you have goals like these?

Every single year I make a goal to be more organized. And although I have made progress in this area, it still makes it onto my personal hit-list…I mean goal list. Too often my goals center around wanting to “fix” whatever I think is wrong with me, whatever I don’t like about myself, or whatever seems to continually cause trouble for me. How about you, do you make goals this way?

Although there is nothing wrong with striving for more and for better, I am beginning to realize that most of these aspirations come from my agenda to perfect myself.

What if we pay attention to what God has been doing in our lives and form our goals in response?

What if we make our goal list our growth list? How freeing could that be?

I’m posting today at Planting Roots, a new ministry. Read the rest of this post here.

What’s on your growth list this year?



  1. What a great way to look at goals Ginger! I’m going to re-work my GROWTH list!

    • For me it’s a challenge to stay motivated and this seems to help tremendously! Thanks for stopping by, Ellen. Best wishes for a wonderful year of growth.

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