goals vs. resolutions: hello 2016
I have a love/hate relationship with January 1st. I hate it because it means Christmas is over and the decorations are coming down. And sometimes I get a little scared about what the future might bring. But I mostly love it. The unknowns of what could lie in the coming year are even more exciting than they are scary, And it's a chance to turn over a new leaf, as they say.
I realized as I started thinking about my new year's resolutions that I couldn't think of them as resolutions. Resolutions have this connotation in my head that if I fail once, I've ruined the resolution and it's gone. How many people have abandoned their resolutions because they didn't work out in the first week or so and by late January, they've forgotten all about them? I used to have a gym membership and I would dread the new year. People would pack that place out...but by the time February arrived, it would be back to it's old status of about half full to empty.
So this year, I'm not making resolutions. I'm making goals. Goals are something to always try for, to constantly seek even if you fall flat on your face. Of course, goals can also be forgotten about and abandoned if they seem too hard, but they somehow seem more forgiving than resolutions. My 2016 goals definitely won't be accomplished overnight... I might be overachieving just a touch!
1. Be Healthy
- Physically | Eat healthier: more fruits and veggies and much less (preferably no) gluten or sugar. Exercise: at least half an hour three times a week, if not more! Get enough sleep and drink enough water.
- Mentally | Read more books, watch less television.
- Emotionally | Seek to be less stressed and worried about things. Stop procrastinating and get stuff done so that there's less to think about.
- Spiritually | Spend time in the Word daily, in prayer, and journaling. Actually read the mountains of Christian books I have filling my bookshelves.
2. Be Organized
Finances. Meal planning. Couponing. Laundry and cleaning schedules. My business. There's so many things that could fall through the cracks. But that's not happening in 2016!
3. Love more.
I want to love Jesus, my husband, my family, my friends, my students, and my church body more. I want to be aware of opportunities to love, to encourage, and to give of myself.
Like I said before, these are lifetime goals that I know won't just happen overnight! It's going to be a daily grind but if I can keep somewhat on track, I believe I will reap the benefits now and in the future.
If you have lifetime goals like mine for 2016, give yourself grace to fail. I know for a fact that I will fail in each and everything I just listed...at least once, if not more! But I know that just as 2016 is a new year, each morning is new day and so are the Lord's mercies.
Welcome 2016: I'm ready for you!