100 Books Goal

Finish Year

I have made countless resolutions and goals throughout my life. Through them all, I have come to one conclusion: goals are much better than resolutions.

Resolutions are often generalizations what I can’t, shouldn’t, or won’t do.

Goals are about moving forward and growing, with a deadline in mind.

100 Books Goal

There are several individuals who have influenced my goal setting for 2012. I love the focus of My One Word. The idea is to simplify your goals to one concept, one word. While I haven’t considered this for a couple of years, I felt one word impressing upon my heart these last few months: finish.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”
2 Timothy 4:7

This was affirmed in my heart when I read Jon Acuff’s post about having a Finish Year. I love this approach because it means I have to be more specific. For instance, I can’t get away with saying “I want to read more,” I have to choose a goal like, “I will finish reading 100 books.”

So how do I set those goals? I’ll be writing more about that on the 30th, but this year I’m using Michael Hyatt’s free ebook, Creating Your Personal Life Plan to help me make sure those goals are in alignment with my values.

I have a few items that will definitely be on my Finish Year list.

  • Read 24 books and implement at least one concept from each
  • Make 12 creative projects this year, preferably one per month
  • Memorize the book of James
  • Run three miles {again} without walking

Come back Friday to read about the simple process I go through to set my goals.

Are you setting goals for the new year? What’s on your list?