Faith, Family, Fitness and Finance.
I was leaving Church yesterday, and was thinking about all the “goals” I had for 2016. Some were easy, some were difficult, some were intense, others were simple. I was talking to my wife, Kelly, a few weeks ago about goals and resolutions. As one who has set some pretty lofty goals and atypical resolutions, I was GREAT at setting goals….but my success rate for achieving every goal was not as high as I would like. So, it got me thinking. This was the “ah ha” moment of 2015. Instead of focusing on what new resolutions to make for 2016, what if I went back and looked at goals and resolutions of the past and figured out why I failed. It’s an interesting thought to return to your failures and count your steps to figure out which left should have been a right, or vice versa. So, that’s what I started doing. Though I had had the thought of “figuring out why I didn’t achieve goals in the past”, it didn’t really resonate with me until I was leaving Church. Instantly I saw my goals in the past grouped into four areas. I had the focus to not only create goals for 2016, but also priorities. Goals are typically something that has a finite end. For instance: l want to lose 15 pounds, well, once I hit that number, my goal is achieved. Priorities, on the other hand, have no end. So, I listed my top priorities in order of importance: Faith, Family, Fitness and Finance. We all have priorities in life, even if we don’t acknowledge them when we create goals.
Let me break down how you should try and see priorities vs goals in your daily life, and how each of the four fs impacts it, challenges it, and improves it.
One of my goals is to be a better parent. To do this I must first be present and active in my children’s lives. Right here we have the priorities of “Family” and “Fitness”. The family one is obvious, but fitness? If I don’t take care of myself physically, eat right etc, I won’t be as active in my children’s lives as much as I should be. Finance also plays a role in this goal. If I can’t pay the bills, my children don’t eat. As far as Faith? Faith is my rock when I’m scared, it’s my hope when I’m lost, it’s my strength when I’m weak..it holds me together.
Breaking down goals into priorities allows you to be successful where previously you may have failed. Let your priorities guide your daily actions, and your goals will be the sum of those actions.
2016 will be focused upon the four f’s. I hope you’ll join me on this new journey, and I look forward to sharing, growing, and setting new heights with you!