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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 28, Book 17


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. 

Melody Beattie
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. 

Lou Holtz

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. 

Les Brown

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. 

Brian Tracy

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. 

Og Mandino

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. 

French Proverb


jack69 said...

Funny, I needed this reminder. I shouldn't have, but I did. So I just made a note. I have been meaning to write EVERY member of the family to tell them I am so proud of them. I just made the note. I have never been one for 'Resolutions' but ideas and goals make sense.
Love ya! Happy New Year coming up!

HAHA, I meant to tell you, I see a great sense of humor coming through lately. LOVE IT!

betty said...

I too like the idea of goals over resolutions. I too want to make 2018 the best year ever. I got derailed a bit in 2017; don't want that happening in 2018, so I might take up your idea to write down my goals for 2018 so I can stay focused on them :)


Mevely317 said...

Whenever I consider resolutions I'm reminded of that wise saying, "Man plans, God laughs."
How much better to set goals ... and remember not to become discouraged over pebbles or potholes along the way.


a gratitude journal is a good idea for the coming year. Last year was a blur to me too. "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."