Richard asked me about my 99 goals for 2011.
I struggle with goals. I’m a second chair person. I help other people get their goals done. I used to have three words for a year. This year I could only do one. But for some reason, I decided to try the exercise.
I started listing things that I wanted to do. Not a bucket list kind of “before I die” list, but a list of things that I knew needed to get done in 2011.
- The first one was done as soon as I picked my word for the year: 1. Pick one word: Disciple.
- Some of them are for home: 23. Get the basement carpet cleaned.
- Some of them are for work: 18. Create a new video for Easter.
- Some of them are simple: 59. tell ___ about ___.
- Some of them are not even goals but are more like notes to myself: 3. My job is not ‘to write’. It’s to help people understand. Writing is one way that happens.
- Some will be done at the end of the year: 40. Write 300 for another year.
- Some of them will never be finished: 4. Decide what the single most important thing to do is, and do it.
So I wrote out 99 goals. I left the last one blank because I knew that my year would grow and change. And so it has.
By the end of February, 16% of the year was done. 15% of the list was done.
I find myself regularly going back to the list. It’s a way to organize my attention.
I know this isn’t very spiritual. I know this doesn’t look much like following Jesus.
But it is. Every day. Every step.