As 2009 comes to an end, I've decided to view 2010 differently. Instead of making new year's resolutions, I've decided to set attainable goals. My thought process is this: Resolutions are easily broken - in fact, they are almost expected to be broken within a matter of weeks. Goals are not easily broken. Yes, I may fail to have a quiet time one day or indulge in sugar, but at least I can start over and move on.
One more difference between resolutions and goals - at least the way I see it - is this: I write down my resolutions, but that's it. When I'm thinking about my goals, I apply more thought to them and plan. This is an important first step in achieving my goals. In March, I posted a blog about procrastination. In it I mentioned three steps Joshua used to help the Israelites possess their promised land. I believe these three steps are beneficial in helping me achieve my goals.
First, I must have a plan of attack for my goals. For example, if I want to lose weight, then I need to allot time in my schedule for exercise and meal planning.
Second, I must allow others to hold me accountable. My husband is helping me with the health goals, as he wants to be healthy as well. I talk and pray weekly with a friend regarding our family and ministry goals.
Third, and this is the most important one, I must dedicate my plans to the Lord. I want my plans to be His plans. I've already prayed for wisdom to know the difference.
What about you? Have you thought about your goals for the new year?
I pray the Lord blesses each and everyone of you. I also pray all of us grow closer to the Lord and become the salt and light He wants us to be.