I know I know! I just went through a long, two-day episode on not making New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that you shouldn’t make them, by the way, but that you should know how to accomplish them instead of setting yourself up for failure! Check out the article here and a follow up here, but keep reading for more insight.
My word for this year is JOURNEY. The Lord has already started me along this path, but things started actually moving during the second half of the year. So when I say that I’m focused on the journey, I confess that the thing I think of is my writing journey.
However, I’m also embarking on new, first-time, situations with the job at my church. And with my son graduating from college in a couple of months and my precious redhead preparing to graduate from high school next year, our family stands poised for other journeys.
So despite my dislike of resolutions, I love goals and I’ve set some to prepare for my journey, provided the Lord doesn’t return – the ultimate YES!
First there’s my health. I don’t do the “lose weight” types of goals. I prefer to have more actions rather than responses to my actions. So my goal is to improve my activity by 30%. Since I’m doing NOTHING right now, my specific goal is to walk on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday each week.
Last year I made a commitment to begin each day in prayer and Bible study. What a tremendous blessing that has been this year! I want to continue that commitment and be more faithful to it in 2013.
I have a couple of stories that I’ve planed out and am excited about, but I’m absolutely not going to indulge in them until I get at least two of my other books fully polished and ready to shop around. And also along those lines, I will keep up with my record keeping for my classes and stay on top of the details of the children’s choir job at my church.
So while these aren’t exactly resolutions, but active goals that will fluctuate as I make accomplishments, they are great starting places to prepare for my JOURNEY.
Your Turn – What do your current goals include?
2013/January at 9:28 pm
1. I am committed to starting each day in Bible reading and prayer.
2. I will move more – specifically stairs 2-at-a-time twice a day M-F, Zumba twice a week, and walking/biking twice a week.
3. I will be consistent with dialogue journals with my class on M-W-F.
I so enjoy reading you blog! It is always inspiring! ILY!
2013/January at 10:42 pm
Oh Esther I LOVE your goals! Thanks so much for sharing them and I’m so glad you enjoy my ramblings!
Now tell me about Zumba! It sounds like a mixed drink, but I’m guessing no?
2013/January at 8:39 am
Keep your eyes on the goal, Marji. And for pete’s sake, stay on the path!! ;0)
2013/January at 2:25 pm
Yeah, gonna avoid those side trips and stick to the white stones! 🙂
2013/January at 5:00 am
Goals are much more maneageable and attainable than resolutions, and you’ve got some marvelous ones here. I love your Get Healthier goal. I also need the get moving goal. It’s a tough one, so many other things seem to take precedence over exercise. It’s hardest to start the habit, but once I get into it I know it will be so much easier. Good luck, and good things in the year ahead.
2013/January at 2:25 pm
I’ll be updating on that exercise goal. Definitely a toughie! I swear I can’t even spell that word!