How to be a SMART Goal Setter in the New Year


Goal Setter :

The year 2017 is soon coming to an end. Many of the goals we set out to complete were left incomplete. Things happened, and life got stuck many a times this year. God-willing, we will prayerfully enter 2018 with much blessed anticipation and well-planned goals.

Imagine a life without setting any goals spiritually, emotionally, physically, or financially. We can completely loose track of how to even begin the year, or find ourselves lost in the middle of chaos.

I, too have decided on jotting down important goals for the upcoming year and wanted to share some with you.

How to be a SMART Goal setter in the New Year


Family should be our main priority every single day. If you have been courting someone, prayerfully consider taking that relationship to a next level. If your kids are still young, set apart quality time for them.

Work pressure can deduct 50-70 hours per week, and spouses tend to drift apart a lot more. Plan to have affordable date nights or vacations with your family.

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful. Proverbs 29-18,NLT


With all the bills piling up, we can skip on giving our tithes to God’s Work. Make a goal to give 5% more of what you gave in 2016. Set some money aside in case of emergency or for kid’s college education.

God loves a cheerful giver. How about donating some money to a Christian organization or a missionary?

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:7,ESV


Holidays can give us some muffin tops that need to be shed as soon as possible. We may even neglect getting our annual checkups including mammograms, EKG, or other specialists because we do not feel sick.

Our bodies are God’s temple and we must never neglect taking diligent care of our body. When we depend on ourselves we may face disappointment, but ask the Lord to give you motivation to go to the gym or take up a swimming class.

for God bought you with a high price. So, you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20,NLT 


I have about 7 Christian books that I bought this year but didn’t get a chance to finish reading. I am hoping to finish reading them next year, God willing.

As we get older it is very difficult to memorize Bible verses, but we cannot skip meditating and memorizing God’s Word. Make a goal to memorize a certain number of verses in the coming year.

How about a decision to attend all the church gathering?

Fasting and praying biweekly can make us more disciplined and spiritually powered up.

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15



It is important that we are satisfied at our work place and the job we are assigned. So, this coming year make it a goal to find a stable and satisfying job, finish up the projects in a timely manner, or complete the pending degree.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12, ESV 

These decisions will remain inconsistent if they are not S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

So, how can one be a S.M.A.R.T Goal Setter?

Ask yourself these questions for every goal you write down-


1.Set a SINCERE Goal:

–Do I see myself approaching these goals in a sincere manner?

–Have I prayed and sought the Lord’s help and strength?


2. Set a METHODICAL  Goal

–Do I have a systematic plan in mind?

–Is there a specific verse or quote I can meditate when doubts arise?


3.Have an ACCOUNTABLE planner or partner:

–Who can I trust to be my accountability partner?

–How can I personally stay consistent with my goals using a planner as my daily guide?

Goat setters and motivation


–Do these goals motivate me to be a better and fruit bearing Christian?

–how can I separate distractions, or irrelevant goals from what is more important?

–Do these goals build character and self -confidence?


5. Do it in a TIMELY manner:

·      Which of these goals can be separated into short termed and long termed?

·      How much time do I devote for each of these goals?

·      How will I make up for lost time?

S(Sincere ). M(Methodic). A(Accountable). R.(Realistic). T (Timely ) goals can only succeed with the help of our Lord.

So Pray, Plan, and Proceed in faith today.


 ***Disclosure :(This post contains an affiliate link ).****

My blogger friend in Christ, Marva who is also a strategic management consultant has designed a Spark Success Goals Planner 2018. I can specifically vouch for her and her love for the Lord and I was honored to meet her and pray with her recently.

The S.M.A.R.T. goals and questions can be easily applied with the help of this success planner. You can measure your goals at the end of each month with the help of Marva’s Spark Success planner.

Marva created this planner to help women live a purposeful life without feeling overwhelmed by the to-do lists.Inside her planner you will find the following:

40 pages of:

– Goal Setting tips to get you started

– Brainstorming for key areas of your life

– Your One Word, Vision and Personal Mission Statement

– Top 10 Goals list

– Year at a Glance

– Week at a Glance

– Weekly planning reproducible pages

– Motivational quotes on purposeful living

– Monthly planning pages with

    • Goals Progress

    • Goals Review

    • Accountability

    • Tools/Resources


The planner is available to you for just $9.97 along with a free bonus of a handbook and Spark Success planning session.

Get your Copy TODAY!! Give it as a New Year gift to your loved one.

Spark Success Goals planner

When you purchase Marva’s planner, you will also receive my Goal Setter Worksheets for  FREE.(see the second picture above)

 What are you waiting for, my friend?

—Are you excited for the new year?

—What goals have you set for the new year?

—Will they bring glory to  God and produce positive results in your life?

—How can I pray for you today?

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Blessed New Year,

Until next time



About Diana

I am a daughter, sister, wife, and mom to my triplets. Each of these God given roles have shaped me to be the woman I am today. My blog is about how I have found God to be alive in me through the lessons I keep on learning each day. Through the storms and songs in the darkest hour I saw God standing with me.
Christianity is not a religion to me but a personal relationship I have with my Creator who so freely gave His life for me .
Dear Friend, I pray that you too will know this Savior who died not only for your SINS but also for all your SORROWS on the Cross. May you be found in HIM.

Philippians 3:14 (KJV) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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  1. Diana, I love your tips for SMART goals and how you’ve put them in a context that believers can appreciate.
    I’m so excited to be on this journey with you and I pray this upcoming year you will walk tall in your purpose, all to God’s glory.
    Love you, my friend!

  2. This is incredible. It’s so important to remember this. I will be for sure keeping these passages in my mind as the year turns into a new page! A New beginning! Thank you so much!

  3. I was goal setting just yesterday on specific areas of my life but I know I need to add more so that all aspects are covered so I can be intentional next year! Thank you for the breakdown and focus!

  4. I loved the SMART goals too! I also love the idea of deciding on a specific number of verses to learn in 2018. Without goals and challenges, we get nowhere. Thank you for sharing your heart!

    1. I am so glad you checked it out because these SMaRT goals are my own abbreviations . I wanted them to connect with the Word of God . I pray your new year will be filled with lot of joy , and blessings

  5. Diana, I just LOVE this! I love the S.M.A.R.T. acronym, and Marva’s planner and your bonus worksheet both look amazing! I became familiar with Marva several months back, through Lori Schumaker. I pray Marva and her family are doing well, after suffering through the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Thank you for this timely post, and for sharing the link for the planner and for the free worksheet! xoxoxo

    1. Rebecca, I am so glad you are absolutely blessed with this post. Yes, Marva and family are well in the Lord while trying to rebuild their home. This planner by Marva is amazing and very insightful for the upcoming year. Hope you find yourself always sustained by the Lord

  6. Love this! My husband and I were just talking about setting goals for 2018. We’ve been avoiding it, but you make great points that make me excited to actually set some goals!

    1. Yay! I am so glad this post inspired you to set some family goals. They are so important and God honoring as well. Family is the best gift !! Much blessings, Emily:)

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