New Years Goals – 2011
Something about this time of year always makes me want to start writing, reading…. doing more than I have over the past 11 months. Inevitably, excuses come barging in with the permission to stop doing all the things you planned on January 1st. This year, I feel like I can some up my goals as simply “do” or “act.” So instead of thinking of all the things I think I should do, and trying to muster up the motivation to do them, my goals are simply the things I want to do, if only I act on the things I’m passionate about. So, here are my personal goals for 2011:
1. I heard about a bet between Karl Rove and George W. Bush on who could read the most books in a year. Rove won with 130, G.W. came in a close second with just over 100. To think two men in such demanding positions could read like that was inspiring. So my first goal is to read 30 books this year. That’s roughly a book every 2 weeks. I started at 50, but Brit talked me off the ledge. Hopefully, with my new Kindle, this goal will be streamlined.
2. Cooking. One of those things I’ve always wanted to do, but never really put the time in. So instead of a goal of “master cooking” or “become a world class chef”, my 2nd goal is to have 15 perfected dinner dishes by the end of the year. I’ve got one, the classic red beans and rice, but there are 14 more waiting to be staples in the Anders household.
3. I’ve played acoustic guitar for 16 years, and feel it is second nature to me now. Electric guitar on the other hand is still something I’m completely clueless about. My 3rd goal is to be able to lead worship comfortably from the electric guitar. Now, to obtain this goal, I will have to lead worship uncomfortably from the electric guitar, which I am learning to be ok with. This is one of my goals that will be public, so getting out of my comfort zone is a necessity.
4. The pastor role is one that has been a blessing in 2010. I have enjoyed learning about what it is to be in a pastoral role, and I still have so much more to find out. One of the things I feel is a vital part of my role is to study. Being the worship pastor, my main responsibility is to study and rehearse creative art as a means of expressing worship. In 2011, my 4th goal is to study the biblical foundations of worship, psalms of David, and Asaph (Israel’s worship leader), and have 2 messages prepared to share with our body at Grace Life Fellowship. In no way does that mean I anticipate delivering these messages, but I will have them prepared by years end.
5. My friend, Paul Pepitone, is an avid runner. His encouragement for me to enter into the love/hate relationship that is running has not fallen on deaf ears. But to jump into running is pretty cliche. January 1st is not only New Years Day but “National ‘Break in your brand new running shoes and jogging app” Day. All that to say my 5th goal is to run in 3 5k’s this year with times consistent with regular exercise.
6. I recognize that all these goals are going to need time to complete. So my final goal is the one that all the others rest upon. Don’t waste the day, wake up by 5;30 AM 6 days a week.
Over the next few days, Brit and I will come up with a list of family goals, and those will be of much higher importance than some of these tasks. Hopefully we will all act on the things that we have been to busy to do in 2010. Happy New Year!!