I’ve mentioned before that I have been wholly inconsistent with my homeschooling. The end of December I went through Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever*. It is about setting goals, not just SMART goals but SMARTER goals. Many may remember that SMART goals are to be specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound. To make it SMARTER it also needs to be exciting and relevant. As I went through this course I looked at what went on over the last year, limiting beliefs I have as well as what I wanted to do. I listed 10 goals for this year. Most of them take place in this first half of the year. They have different start dates and consistency dates to make them easier to implement. One of those goals is to be more consistent with my son’s schooling. Is it an instant overnight consistency since I wrote the goal? No. Do I have motivation? Yes.
The process of setting and keeping goals is part of a journey in life. One thing with goals is that they should be shared selectively. Select people who will help motivate you and encourage you when the times are tough. Sharing my goal about homeschooling in a blog post is technically not being very selective but that is okay. I will still force myself to forge on and succeed in the goal. I look at the school books in a bag on the floor near my bed or on a stack of plastic crates and ponder the best way to help my struggling learner of a son learn what he needs to so that he can be all that God intended him to be. I also remind myself what I need to get in a check off list for him so that he knows what to do without me having to tell him. Those are part of a step to complete the goal.
I know I have a life that seems to run very inconsistent. This goal along with the other nine are in place to help me be more consistent in different areas of my life. Will I always follow the steps I need to so that I can complete the goals? No, probably not. However, having the goals and action steps to take will help me be successful in completing each goal even if it is not in the time frame I originally planned.
Do you have goals for your homeschool and/or your life in general? Are they SMART goals? Or better yet, are they SMARTER goals?
Share below and remember to be selective in sharing what your goals are.
*If you would like to learn more about Michael Hyatt and 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever go to his site michaelhyatt.com. The nuggets of information he provides are worth the time (and where necessary, the money).