As I wrote about HERE, 2018 is the year of “Surrender” for me. To be honest, “Surrender” is morphing into “God-Led,” which may not be a real word…I might have made it up! But, it is more tangible for me to remember daily and apply to my goals.
“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The [giants] you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.'” –Exodus 14:13-14 NIV
This year, I split up the areas I would like to – well, NEED to – “Surrender” to God and make progress in this year into 5 focus categories. It helps me be intentional with my time and energy towards the areas I have identified that matter most, and it allows me to let all the rest of the clutter of life go. Every goal I have on my Powersheets each month relates to one of these 5 areas:
- Cultivate our Business
- Cultivate our Marriage
- Cultivate our Finances
- Cultivate my Faith
- Cultivate Myself
So, here is a breakdown of my January progress and then to follow will be my February Goals and tending list!
(By the way, I would love to read about yours. If you have written a blog post about your Powersheets progress so far this year, I would love to read! Leave a link in the comments!)
Winter Leadership Conference – This went fantastic! Although we had some goals we had wanted to hit leading up to our conference, it ended up being one of the most tangibly effective conferences we have ever had.
Volume Goal in our business – We are still working on this one, even tonight!
Finish Crucial Accountability and start next book – I did it!! I have a goal to read at least one book each month, and to be in one success or personal development book along with one faith-based or spiritual book.
Launch 3 new business partners – We have made significant progress toward this goal, but unfortunately it is getting carried over into February. We have not quite found the right people yet.
Declutter my clothes and office – I made some progress with my clothes, but none on the office. This is getting put on February’s goals as well.
Finish 3rd Blog Post for Company – I had the opportunity to ghost write blog posts for a company’s website, and I finished all three by early January (2 were finished in December).
Put Away Christmas – DONE! …sadly! I love the beauty of Christmas lights and decorations. So peaceful.
Get Paid for Writing – I have had this goal since I was a young teenager. I put it on my Powersheets tending list for January, and BAM! I accomplished it finally after all those years!
Pay Down $7500 in Debt – DONE! I added this later in the month after we had a wealth planning session with our mentors and business partners. They helped us see how we could pay down quite a bit on our student loans and my husband’s car. There is still a long way to go (4 years of private college, people!), but we will be paying off another $2500 by the end of February with a plan to pay it all off in the next 12 months.
Build consistency and momentum in our personal activity toward our business – We did a pretty great job here this past month, but we definitely have ways in which we need to improve for February.
Full Calendar – If my calendar is full of appointments that get us closer to our goals and that provide ways to serve the people we work with, then I know it has been a successful week!
Budget and meal plan – The past two months in a row, because of this weekly goal, we have cut over $200 from our grocery bill. That is over $200 that can be used toward investing in our company, toward debt elimination, toward the things and people that matter most to us!
Clean a room per week – This weekly schedule worked very well for me, so that I was not overwhelmed thinking about cleaning the whole house all at once. It will be a recurring monthly goal throughout this year!
Call Family – This year, I want to be more intentional about communicating with my parents and grandparents in South Carolina. I can definitely get better in this area, but I was much more intentional this past month for sure!
Gym 3x/week (incl. personal training appt) – I was very consistent with this goal in January. Personal training has really helped me big time! I am going to repeat this goal for February.
Love my husband well – I was more intentional in this area than I had been in the past, but I feel I have great room for improvement in February.
Network daily – Important for any business owner, I made some progress here but definitely am resetting this goal for February to connect with one new person/make one new friend every day!
Bible plan/prayer/gratitude – My A.R.I.S.E. morning routine has helped me be very consistent in this area! I am reading the Bible in a year and am on day 776!
Wake up earlier – Yeah… it is just not going to happen…let us be real here, ladies!! I am not even moving it to my February goals. It is just flat out nixed from the goal list at this season in my life.
Water 30oz/no sugar – On average, I did better here than in the past, but I was not as consistent as I wanted to be. I am going to be separating these two into separate daily goals for February. I think that will help!
Confessions – Again, my A.R.I.S.E. routine each morning has really helped here! S is for Speak, as in speak my confessions over my life, business, and marriage aloud.
Overall, January was a great month in many ways, but not the best in others. I would have liked to have made more progress on our business goals, not just my personal goals. Grace, not perfection. Progress, not perfection. Purpose over perfection. I play this phrases over and over in my mind as I learn have no guilt about my progress. As Lara Casey says, “Little by little progress adds up!”
Thankfully, Powersheets means that I get a fresh start every month full of new possibilities and more and more opportunities to progress forward! I will check-in on here about my February progress as March nears. In the meantime, here is what is on my February tending list…
Spring Leadership Conference preparations
3 new Business Partners
Volume Goal in our business
Finish The Compound Effect and The Circle Maker
Clean my office/declutter clothes
Personal Blog Post
Prep & Plan Valentine’s Day Dinner 2018
Pay down smallest student loan – $6900 (already paid down $3000 of this one, so $3900 left)
Continue consistency and momentum in our personal action toward our business goal
Full calendar and Serve where appreciated
Budget and Meal Plan
Clean a Room a week
Love my husband well
Gym 3x/week (including personal training)
So, there you have it. I am ready to take on February head first and really dig in. Here’s to an amazing February, y’all! Don’t forget to leave a link to your goal check-in in the comments!