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Goals cause us to work toward something. They give us something to look forward to once we have achieved them. Goals also have a bad habit of making us feel worse about ourselves if we don’t achieve them. They can make us second guess ourselves. Sometimes goals can set us up to fail because we try to do too much too fast.
Homemaking and goals sometimes collide with each other because we set the goals so high. We don’t take into considerations that things come up. Sometimes our schedules change. Sometimes no matter how hard you try things can simply not be accomplished in the time manner that you want them to. So then we end up crashing and burning. We do so long before we even make it to the halfway point of our goal and sadly this goal is never to picked back up, much less achieved.
Once this happens instead of applying grace to ourselves, we simply begin to shut down or we attempt to forget those planned out goals and refer back to old habits. After all old habits are easy to accomplish we already know how to do those and do them well.
So how do we set goals that can become successful in our homemaking skills?
- Work on our mindset. So many times we try to change ourselves to fit in or be like another person. This will never work. As I have said over and over again homemaking is a heart matter and in order to achieve greatness in our homes, we need to get our heart’s right with ourselves and with the Lord.
- Seek God’s guidance. Allow Him to show you what you need to be focused on. Who knows, what He reveals to you may be something you never thought of.
- We need change that big goal into a bunch of smaller goals. For example: You want to wake up every morning to a sparkling kitchen. Focus on the dishes one week, when you get the hang of that throw in clearing the clutter off the counters and after that is accomplished move on to another task. Before you know it you are creating kitchen awesomeness!
- Celebrate your small successful goals! Make sure to reward yourself. Milestones are just as important as the overall goal.
- Trust in yourself and in God that you are going to make your goals a reality. Not only for your peace of mind but for your family as well.
- Have your children help you. One of my main goals is to be present more. My kids hold me accountable for this. They will be the first to let me know when I have worked a little too much.
Goals and homemaking to not always have to collide. As a matter of fact, those two things can work beautifully together if you will allow them to. I would love to know what some of your tips on how you have made successful goals in your homemaking.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
I would like to invite you to my Facebook group Christian Homemakers in Training where we dive into homemaking, motherhood, marriage and group devotions. After all, we all need a safe place to grow together, right?