The first step in setting goals is to look at the end result. Where do you want your homestead to be in five years? Ten years? Don't worry about getting too specific right now, but in 5-10 years you should be thinking about your ultimate goal on the farm or backyard homestead. For example, our goal in five years is to have a self-sustaining farm that will generate a comfortable income without having to work outside of the farm. There is a lot more to our goal, but that is it in a nutshell.
Now, think about ways that you can start moving towards that goal. Ways that are attainable and reachable for 2013. For us, we need to think about more ways to generate income from the farm on top of what we are already doing. And, we have to think of keeping it as self-sustaining as possible. We do not want to rely heavily on outside resources to keep the farm running. Which means that we also have to think about generating our own food supply as much as possible.
Write down some ideas that will contribute to your five year goal, then break those down into what can be done this year, and what can wait until next year. Prioritize your goals and make them user friendly. Don't make goals that are next to impossible to reach! This can take some time and lots of prayer, but do not give up! The more you break down your goals, the more specific they will be. For example, before we can even consider getting sheep, we must replace our high tensile wire with field fence. So, building fences is a top priority for us this year.
Of course, these goals might change next year or next week, but you have some direction. I encourage you to work on these goals together with your spouse. You must be one on this with no confusion on what your ultimate goal is.
You can also use this method with spiritual goals, personal goals and family goals as well.
Now, what are your goals? Do share!