Earlier this year, I wrote about the importance of setting goals and carving out a path the reach those goals. Because I like to practice what I preach, I set five big goals this year and wanted to revisit them as we’re halfway through the year. I also wanted to make sure you guys knew what my goals were so you can help keep me accountable. Some of these goals are individual goals and others are family goals, but they have all stretched and challenged me so far this year. And they’ve helped me stay on course. Here are the five goals I’m working toward this year.
1. Read 52 Books
I shared the details of this goal earlier this year. I’ve added some books to the list and deleted some others, but I’m still on track to finish 52 for the year. So things are going pretty well there. Anybody else join me on this journey? How are things going with your reading goal? I’d love to hear about it. If you’re still interested, make sure you check out what I wrote on the secret to reading more books. It really changed the way I read books and I think it will be helpful for you.
2. Write My Second Book
It’s been about a year since I finished my first book, The Tenacity of Hope. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing process and am looking forward to starting my second book this summer. I hope to finish it by late December for release early next year. I think you guys will really enjoy the topic I’m going to tackle. I’m keeping it close to the vest right now, but will give you more details as the book writing journey progresses. Stay tuned.
By the way, writing a book is easier than you think. I shared my process with you last year. If you’re interested in writing a book, be sure you check out some of the tips I have for aspiring authors.
3. Buy Our First House
My wife and I have been married for six years now. For the duration of our marriage, we’ve leased homes/apartments/condos. We’re finally in a place where we feel like it’s time to buy our first home. We’re continuing to pray about where that’s going to be. Would you pray for us too? We’re excited about the prospect of home ownership, but want to make sure the place (and city) we settle on is somewhere we see ourselves spending the next 30+ years.
4. Memorize One Pauline Epistle
I’ve already got on Pauline Epistle under my belt, as I memorized Philippians last year. This year I’m looking to memorize my second Pauline Epistle. I hope to do a shorter one this go ‘round, since I’m going to be writing a book near the end of the year. But this is such a great spiritual practice. I would commend it to anyone. And I shared some tips on memorizing entire books of the Bible in a previous post. The system works and I can’t begin to tell you how edifying it was for me.
5. Take My Family on Vacation
If you know anything about me, you know I adore my family. We’re four deep now and have an infant daughter. What better time to plan a family vacation? You know why? Our baby flies for free! That’s huge. We’ve got to get some trips in before she turns 2—and we’re paying for four full-priced tickets. So we’re going to take a vacation this summer to relax, unwind, and decompress. All signs point to Orlando in July. We’re so looking forward to it.
Question(s): What about you? What kind of big goals did you set this year? How are they going?