What I Learned About Goal-Setting from a Stinky Sock…

Join me for a helpful series called The Organized Me! During the month of January, I’m going to write various posts on goals, mistakes I’ve made in finding “the sweet spot” of organization, and how I schedule my day and my home. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve not arrived in this area – I’m still a work in progress. But I think I’ve learned a few things over the past 30 years of marriage, raising 7 kids in all sorts of situations, and I’ll be sharing them with you! If you missed our last post, you can find it here!


I was backstage at the high school getting ready to go out with the rest of the choir when a little twerp started pestering me. He was probably one of the younger brothers of another kid, and he insisted on irritating anyone he could, finally throwing a used sock at people. Eventually, he turned his stinky sock skills on me, tossing his vile item on my shoulder, which I promptly threw as far as I could. But suddenly it became time to go out on stage, and I didn’t realize it, but he had gotten the last toss.

His obnoxious sock was on my shoulder as I walked proudly out to do my number. Added to my impressive outfit, my grand victorian gown, was an obviously modern – and dirty – sock!

My error? Aside from not smacking the kid while I could, I didn’t look over myself quickly before heading out on stage!

As I think back to that time and laugh at my embarrassment, I have to remember how important it is to check up on things regularly, or something awful may happen! (Or embarrassing!)

Here are a few things I’ve learned from my 2013 goals, mostly from my own failures:

1. I did a good job setting my goals, and making them SMART – Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. I learned all that from Michael Hyatt, a productivity writer.

2. I achieved most of my goals, which is a good thing.

3. My big downfall, however, was that once I set my goals, I never looked at them again! Before I made my 2013 goals, I prayed about them, then wrote them out, made them specific, measurable, and realistic, but promptly allowed them to get lost in the shuffle of daily to-dos. Uh-oh! A sure recipe for failure!

This year, I’m going a step further. I’m praying about my goals, writing them out, making them SMART… AND I’ll be writing out my goals on my calendar. I must confess, that checking my calendar is not a strong point, either, so I will need to work on that as well.

Lord willing, I will try to check my calendar regularly, to see how I’m progressing, and setting aside a little time every month to look at my progress.

I would hate to end up 2014 with a sticky sock on my shoulder! Lord Willing, and with His help, I want to end 2014 stronger spiritually, stronger physically, and with a better marriage and a happier, more cohesive family. Will you join me in making 2014 a great year?

Question: What have you learned from your failures in 2013?

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  1. Teresa R says:

    I learned I need a plan B and plan C for when changes come. I need to write out my to-do list and put it where I can see it easily. Having a disabled husband at home means a flexible schedule, breaking things up into 15-30 minutes blocks, but not letting him get me sidetracked. I need to write out and stick to a weekly meal plan

    • Lisa says:

      Flexibility is so important! My husband also deals with Lyme Disease issues, and some days are much worse than others. Flexibility on my part can go a long way in helping the whole family during those down days.

      For me, often frustration occurs if Plan A doesn’t! So having a Plan B and even a Plan C is a great idea – it keeps us from kicking the cat – or worse! 😉

      Thanks so much for sharing, Teresa!

  2. Keri @ Growing in His Glory says:

    I think it’s so important to look back at your “failings” from the previous year and analyze the problem. I’ve tended to avoid doing that because it made me feel like a stinky sock 🙂 But if I want to succeed, I have to examine my failures and find a more productive way to achieve those goals.

    This is a great post. Thanks for sharing it at my link-up. I hope you’ll be back next month!


  3. Lisa says:

    You’re so right, Keri. But when I begin feeling like a stinky sock, my first instinct is to head for the washer! That’s a really good thing. I think a huge part of maturity is looking at our failures realistically and learning from them, rather than beating ourselves up over them.

    Thanks so much for the invite!

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