Monday, January 19, 2015

New Year, New You!

It is once again a new year... 2015!  Wow!

I always love this time of year.  It is a time to think about who you are and who you want to be.  It is a time to make goals of improvement.

I am now 31 years old and I have spent the majority of my new years making goals and usually a month later I miss something and then I just stop altogether.  Talking to others... this is the usual pattern.  But there is hope for us to stop this pattern!

Last year I tried something different and I plan to do it this year as well.  I thought I should share this secret of success with you.

I was taught all my life to write down specific goals such as "Work out 3 days a week," "Read one book per month," etc.

Though this is a proven method, I have found that if I leave myself a little breathing room, when I lack the specifics I am less likely to quit.

So here are some of my goals for this year:

1. Read my scriptures
2. Try new things
3. Attend the temple more
4. Improve my talents/passions
5. Try not to yell at my kids as much
6. Loosen up and have fun
7. Be more active (exercise, go for a walk, play soccer with the boys, etc.)
8. Have better spending habits
9. Learn Spanish

So here is how this works.

If I am able to read my scriptures every day, GREAT, but if I miss a day, it is ok because I am reading them more than I have before.  As I remember to read them more often, then it will begin to be a part of my daily routine which I look forward to.

Another example... I always see these great deals on Groupon and Living Social and think to myself "I would love to try that some day" but then I close the website and move on with my crazy life. So instead of saying "I would love to try that some day," I am going to go ahead and buy it and try it!  Why not!?!  Life is too short to say "some day!"  So even if I only try one new thing this year it is still more than I have done before.  And guess what!?! I already bought a deal to a Children's Story Writing Course where I get to learn how to write children's books!!!

And so on down the list.  Life is not about becoming prefect all at once, but growing and learning little by little.  I found the following quote on Pinterest which I LOVE...

If I am able to improve in one area of my life at a time, that is better than not improving at all.  So instead I am looking at my goals and prioritizing and asking myself when life gets busy "What is the most important goal I have made?" and then taking the time for at least the top one.

My goals for last year were realized because I made them simple.  I did not feel defeated but I felt empowered.

As you make your goals this year I hope you realize that these goals really should be about improvement, not great leaps at a time but baby steps.  After all, you must learn to walk before you can run.

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