© 2015 Connie Davis Johnson
I’m not a fan of resolutions. As I think about the changes I would like to make in the coming year, I feel like a failure for not achieving those changes in the past year….again. And beginning the year feeling like a failure is a sure-fire way for my resolutions to fizzle out…….again.
Rather than making resolutions, I spend some time reflecting on the accomplishments of the past year and I encourage you to do the same. Look through pictures or the calendar to aid in remembering all that was achieved in the past year.
Did you get the oil changed in the car? Did you clean out a drawer or closet this past year or spring clean a certain % of the house? What books did you read? Did you do a bible study, pray daily, or do devotions? Did you learn to take care of your body by staying properly hydrated drinking 8 glasses of water a day? How did your family spend time together? Did you participate in a canned food drive?
By contemplating on accomplishments made, you will realize the successfulness of the past year and be ready to build on those achievements this year.
Review the past year in the following areas and make goals in each area for this year:
How did you grow personally in this past year?
Were any lifestyle changes made?
What investments were made in your family?
How did you give of your time and money?
Organize and clean
How did you take care of your house and property?
Were any positive changes made regarding your finances?
This is not an all-inclusive list so please feel free to add your own questions or areas.
In order to realize success in these areas this year, white space will need to be created on the calendar.
How do you spend your time daily? Can less be spent on social media or watching TV? Can you travel less for work or cut overtime hours? Is getting up earlier a possibility? A shorter lunch may provide some time to perform a few tasks. Are there any other areas that can be cut back to realize your goals this year? Decide on priorities and fill in the calendar with those first.
Did you do all that is on this list and will you be able to carry out all you set out to do this year? Probably not. And that’s okay. All growth and achievements are something to be celebrated no matter how small.
Even if you’ve never realized your success in the past, I urge you to recognize it now.
I would love to hear what you plan to accomplish this year! Please share in the comments below.
© 2014 Connie Davis Johnson