Two years ago I wrote a similar series about goal setting and what I would like to do over the course of the next year or two. Now that this time frame is almost up I would like to take a look at how did, where I am now and what course I want to lay out. I want to mark this series in some special way to look back it a year from now to see where I am. For me back then the SMART goal system was used and I am going to stay in that spirit but hopefully not be as wordy. One not should be made is that I tend to focus on developing habits not specific time, moment or material gains for the most part. The nature of goals reflects this as a rule as I believe good habits lead to success.
I divide my life into three areas: Spirit, Soul and Body which are each further subdivided into four areas. The first up will be Spirit and the two sub areas of celebration and spiritual disciplines.
Celebration: The idea is to have habit of celebration of life’s great moments and moments of success when they happen. Two years ago, my simple goal was to make a note of special times and events in people I care for and celebrate them whenever I could. Also, if I had a moment of success, I needed to find a way to celebrate it. How this has played out has been that whenever there is a birthday, anniversary or something similar to try to be there or say something to celebrate it. If there has been a shortfall, it has been celebrating my own successes. I see no reason to change the nature of the goal other than to be more mindful of things (I did miss a few of these things) and maybe celebrate my own successes more.
Spiritual Disciplines: I said tow years ago that I wanted a more standard routine of spiritual disciplines and that what I wanted to do was add one each month and journal about it. This was to be a part of my research for book I was working on at the time. Yeah, none of that really materialized. I would say my spiritual discipline life is more of a target of opportunity system than a ritualized approach and I am not sure that is a bad thing. However, the research on the book thing is still on my heart. I am planning a month off this year for a mini-sabbatical. Part of that is practical, the other part is probably to tackle this problem specifically. The goal this year will be to get this retreat and use at least part of it for spiritual discipline reasons. I need specific direction here and that will only be found in prayer and meditation.
Blessings and Cheers!!!