Stone Soup for Five: Resolutions vs. Goals

Resolutions vs. Goals


Goals have a specific time limit, resolutions are nebulous and vague.
Goals are very specific and defined, resolutions are general.  
Goals are written down, resolutions are grand wishes in my head.
Goals have the math done (broken down into steps), resolutions have no math.
Goals are checked up on regularly, resolutions end up leaving me feeling down, sorry, and pathetic.

So for 2012, I'm bagging the resolutions and setting goals for where I'd like to see myself on December 31, 2012

My goals are in seven specific categories.

Personal Development

I also have one BIG OVER ARCHING goal for the year.  A one word theme of an area I'd like to grow most in this year.  (Last year, my One Word was CHANGE... and boy did the Lord change almost too many things in my life! It was painful.)

2012 is now written in my book as 
The Year of Prayer

So one of my goals is to read 12 books on prayer this year.  I have a list of six so far, and I've done the math that I'll have to set aside time each day for 15-20 min to read that specific book, and another 15-20 min to spend time practicing prayer.

And I've made it a daily goal to not turn on the computer AT ALL until I've spent time reading and praying.  THAT is going to be HARD for me...

I've got this little addiction called Facebook, Pinterest, Blogs, Google Reader, the World Wide Web.


So here's to specific, attainable, written, math-done GOALS!

The BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) Dave Ramsey talks about will come later.

My One Word for 2012: PRAYER.

What's your One Word for the year of 2012?

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  1. Possibilities...
    But I do love goals :)

  2. Love this post, love your goals. I'm a big believer in goals vs resolutions too.

    My word is ~ WORD. As in read it. Get in it. Don't quit at Leviticus. I've never read through the whole thing and I'm starting that journey. I may not get it all done in one year, but I hope to come pretty close.

    Good luck! I haven't read 12 nonfiction books in one year... ever. You're awesome, Kari, thanks for inspiring me!

  3. Thanks for sharing, Kari! I will pray for your 2012 Journey! Blessings, rk

  4. I've been thinking for a while about setting myself specific, attainable goals, and a huge part of that is breaking them down into manageable steps to reach them all. I really love your categories too - think I might copy.

    I hadn't thought of this until reading your blog but the word that popped into my mind is growth.

    Which makes me excited.

    By the way, I found your blog from a google search because I was starting to write a post on goals vs. resolutions as well. You're the first blogger who I found randomly and just wanted to keep on reading, and I've heard about Dave Ramsay as well so that's pretty neat (to hear your progress).

    Just thought I'd let you know that. Blessings as you begin 2012 with your family!

  5. Following you from Layla's party-glad to meet you-stop over for a visit!


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