So it’s the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 and as usual everybody is standing at a crossroad. “Should I make resolutions or not?” I personally think it’s a great idea if you make a resolution and stick to it, but it’s not always that easy. In 2012 my resolution was that I wanted to fall pregnant and have a baby, I did. In 2014 I made the same resolution and our baby girl will be eight months on Monday. Our actions speak louder than our words and therefore it is of utmost importance that we set reasonable goals.
This year I want to approach it differently, and I would love it if you could comment here or on my Facebook page what yours are, so that we can be accountable for it.
The way I want to approach it is not a new or different way. Many people have done it this way and have succeeded far more than when they just made a resolution.
Set goals for yourself.
It’s much easier to work towards a goal, than it is to start or stop cold turkey. So say for instance you want to lose 10kg. Set a reasonable date for yourself and then divide your amount of weight to lose into the weeks to your due date. So if you set a 5week date, for instance, you will have to lose about 2kg per week. Or maybe you want to start jogging and in a few years run the comrades marathon. Set goals! First you jog only to the first lamp post, then to the next one on the following day, then to the corner etc. See where I am heading at?
Last example. You want to stop drinking or smoking by the end of the year. Set goals! Get a piggy bank that can only be broken or cut open. That will motivate you to wait until it’s full. Then decide how much you want to smoke or drink every day. Set a reasonable goal that can be reached easily, then make it less by one drink or cigarette per week. Reward yourself at the end of each month. Calculate how much your goal for the month will cost you, then buy ONLY that for the month. When it’s finished, it’s finished and you aren’t allowed to buy more. Then put the rest that you would have normally spent into the piggy bank. At the end of the month or at the end of the year open it up and reward yourself by buying something useful for you, your spouse or your kids.
My goals for 2016:
I want to grow stronger and closer to God in my relationship with Him. At the moment I set my alarm clock for 5am each morning and I am struggling to get up to read His word and pray. That HAS to change!
I want to pay it forward this year. I do not know how yet, but I want to do something good for the needy before the end of the year.
I will be doing my first motivational speech this year. I want to double that from one to two speeches this year. Obviously it’s not about me, it’s about God, His grace and His love. May those listening see Him and not me.
Lastly, I want to keep going with my own housekeeping. It’s rewarding and makes me feel great!
What are your goals for this year?