Every fall our school staff members set professional goals, and I usually come up with five or more projects on my list that I absolutely must do, regardless of whether or not I will have time in my schedule to work on them. The past two years as I’ve met with the assistant principal in October, she has reviewed my list and said, “Too many goals. Pick three.” So I pick three.
At first, I am stunned that the other items may not be done and may have to wait until next year. Unthinkable! But then I am relieved. It is so nice to have someone force me to have a schedule with room to breathe! And as a bonus, having well-defined, do-able goals makes it easy to prepare my required professional goal “reflections” six months later in the spring.
I have been carrying this over into my personal life, too, and what a life-changing experience. Spurred on by Gordon MacDonald in his 1985 book Ordering Your Private World, slowly but surely I am able to realistically assess my available time and energy, review my plans and commitments, and define my spiritual priorities. I can’t describe how much this one huge revelation is affecting all the other facets of my life, and I am convinced it is an answer to years of prayer. My inner slave driver is less demanding and I am much calmer these days!
So here are my simple writing goals for 2016:
#1. Pray for direction on my own blog. Just pray. Until I get direction.
#2. Spruce up 5 finished pieces and find homes for them.
#3. (The hardest one) Listen to what is deep down in my heart, and write about that. I usually listen to my head, instead of my heart, but because I am an artist—a word artist, and a creative child of our creative God—I believe I have deeper things inside to share with the world, which are unique and valuable. It’s my responsibility to discover what they are and I’m thinking of using free writing as one way to help do that. (Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?)
With these goals, I eagerly await finding out what this writing year has in store!
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