RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
I’m making a list of goals for the new year. Not resolutions, but goals. A bucket list of things I’d like to do and things I’d like to try. There is a do list that seemingly never ends, that sits on my desk every day, but this NEW Year list is of goals that hopefully will bring a better year.
If you're bored with life -- you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things -- you don't have enough goals.
My favorite goal setting suggestion is to start a gratitude journal. Every day write down 3 things that you are grateful for. This will help you to focus, to be more mindful, and live with intention.
We all want more of what makes us happy and having a list that you keep every day helps us remember the important things in life…the things we want more of.
Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.
A Bucket List for the New Year:
Remind People of how much the mean to me
Forgive people that have hurt me
Be the person I want to be
Hope More. Even if the year that just ended was challenging, there’s a New Year full of hope which is about to start.
This is just the beginning of my list. There will be more added before New Year’s Day. I want 2018 to be the best year ever.
No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
W. Clement Stone
The goals I sat for last year are nothing but a blur at this point. Nothing turned out as I’d planned or even dreamed about. From the start of the year things took an unexpected turn but the fact is whether I’d planned for it or not another year happened and I’m still here.
Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.
All one can really do is to do the best we can with what we have and try to keep our faith and hope alive as each day comes and goes. That is not to say we shouldn’t set goals. They remind us that there will be better days ahead.
If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be the master of my emotions.
The goals I’ve set won’t take place over night. It may even take a whole year to pull some of them off. But I'm like a turtle, slow but sure…
Word by word the big books are made.