It’s December which is usually a month that carries a lot of uncertainty for coaching families. This is the month when coaches’ learn their contracts aren’t being renewed, and they start job hunting. It’s often a time when coaches’ are looking to make career moves which has a trickle down effect on a staff as well.
Because of the uncertainty, it can feel difficult to plan too far into the future. But the thing about building dreams: they require slow, methodical work behind the scenes because they have to have a firm foundation. This means that regardless of where you will live, there are pieces of the puzzle you can put together to lay foundational bricks in preparation for the execution of dreams and plans when God says it’s time to move.
How to Set Yourself Up for Success Starting Today
There are as many strategies and opinions of how to set yourself up for success as there are moments in a year. The truth is the first strategy decision you need to make is to figure out what works for you. The number of goals, the length of time you focus on things, whether you work alone or in partnerships, and what materials you study are all things to take into consideration.
Plan in Time Blocks that Work for You
As a coach’s wife, a content strategist, and even with our kids my whole life seems to run in three to four-month blocks. Because of this, I generally don’t plan any further ahead with firm commitments even if I have a long term deadline to meet. With a longer deadline, I’ll break the full task into segments and focus on each quarterly section.
I find that it’s much easier to focus on sections of goals than to write one vague goal and try to self-pace.
Select a Reasonable Number of Goals
Another reason I like to set goals in three to four-month blocks is that it helps me to limit the number of goals I focus on at one time. For example, if I’m working on a writing project I can divide it into research, write, edit, and market. This keeps me focused on each segment. However, this large project wouldn’t leave much room for anything else. So, I would need to carefully consider anything else I add to my goal list. I might also want to stay away from additional writing goals so as not to conflict with my project.
Build a Strong Foundation
Before moving forward with a goal it’s wise to research all the steps that others have taken with pursuing similar opportunities. You may discover some landmines to avoid or a great tool to use. There could be a community of support out there you weren’t aware existed or a training course that could save you years of trial and error fumbling around.
Even if the people you surround yourself with aren’t directly involved in the dreams you’re pursuing it’s a good idea to tell someone what you are doing. Saying something out loud to other people who will ask you about your progress is a great way to ensure you will have accountability and encouragement.
It’s never a bad idea to add a goal that’s focused on relaxing in some way. Whether that includes exercise, healthy eating, ensuring a proper amount of rest, time with friends, date night, or even completing a favorite activity every few weeks. Planning fun is a necessary part of goal setting for some personality types.
Include Prayer and Scripture Study
Above all, don’t leave God out of your goal planning. Invite him into every aspect of your goal setting journey. Ask God what he wants you to focus on, what pace you should consider, who you should invite to join you, and most importantly if you are going the wrong way. God knows our hearts and he honors our desire to follow him. When we earnestly seek him he will guide us, but we need to build in time to pause and listen.
Start Thinking About 2021 Today
It’s never too early to start building a slow, methodical foundation. It’s time to stop living day to day. Let’s start dreaming again. Don’t wait for life to feel settled again. Don’t look for the open window of opportunity. Grab hold of the moment today and start building foundational blocks towards your opportunity today.
Are you looking for a resource to learn more about pursuing your calling?
Lessons from the Sidelines will help you:
-Engage 7 steps to clarify your calling, identify your sweet spot, and implement strategies that will enable you to live on mission.
-Identify how the 5 Stages of Burnout can impact your marriage and your ability to fully embrace your calling.
-Tackle the unique hurdles of parenting in the public eye.
-Learn practical tips for getting through the harder parts of the calendar year.
As the wife of a football coach, Beth Walker encourages women whose families are in the public eye to pursue their own callings even as they support their husbands’ careers and ministries. Through her own personal stories as well as interviews with other women who are also living just outside their husbands’ limelight, Beth shows it’s possible to do both.