Now that January is almost over, I think I finally have my list of New Years Goals finalized. It's not that I haven't been thinking about it all this month... I just haven't been able to DECIDE which goals I should specifically work on this year. I have so many things I could be better at, but if I don't choose just a few goals to focus on at one time, then I never end up accomplishing anything. It's better to be specific and selective rather than to attempt a large handful of vague goals all at once.
Anyway, on the first Sunday of the New Year I had this great lesson in Relief Society about dividing up your goals into four different categories: Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual.
I thought this was a great idea! Not only does it help me to make my goals more specific, but setting a goal in each category will make me a more well-rounded person. This little method helps me strive to be better in many different areas of my life!
So here it is: My goals for 2013 (better late than never, right?)
1. Eat only three desserts a week. The only exception will be for American Holidays.
2. Drink a bottle of water every day. Most people would think this is an EASY goal, because most people naturally drink more than a bottle of water every day. I'm lucky if I get a full glass in every day. Not good.
3. Be in bed before midnight. I rehearse until 10 every night, so while Will Rogers is in progress, Midnight it is. Once I master this time though, I can slowly move my bedtime forward.
NO MORE PROCRASTINATION. I'm a lot better at this than I used to be, but I still have a lot of room to improve. This poor habit results in a major lack of sleep, and a major lack of prioritizing skills. To help me accomplish this goal I have three simple steps.
1. No homework on Sundays.
2. Only twenty minutes of Facebook every day.
3. No blogging until AFTER my homework/housework is complete.
1. Write missionary letters/emails once a week. Let's just say I haven't been very good at writing my best friend on her mission lately. Plus, my brother leaves on his mission in less than two months, and he deserves a weekly letter from me. Best be getting into that good habit now.
2. Pray for opportunities to serve others every day. Sometimes I think service is underrated. I know that I forget about it all the time. Or sometimes I think, "I should help out with that, but I'm just so busy today." What a shame to think that way. I want to be more aware of opportunities to serve others.
3. Give someone a sincere compliment every day. I think I can always be better at verbalizing my admiration towards others. Sometimes we let our pride, fear, or judgement keep us from giving someone an honest compliment. And yet, I LOVE it when someone gives me an honest compliment. It feel so good when someone takes the time to tell you that you are succeeding at something.
1. Personal prayer and scripture study EVERY night. I need to actively study the scriptures every night instead of merely sitting on my bed reading them because "I'm too tired to write it down."
2. Temple visits twice a month. I need to be more spiritually in-tune and shake off my worldly stresses and cares. Plus, going to the temple makes me so happy. I need to have that happiness in my life more often.
3. Write in my journal once a week. There are so many life lessons and daily adventures that I'm not writing down. What a shame that will be in the years to come. It's time to start documenting my life, feelings, and adventures more regularly.
So there we have it. Twelve simple little goals. Maybe twelve doesn't seem like much to you. Or maybe some of you are thinking twelve goals is too ambitious. But I think that a lot of these goals are interrelated. If I start going to bed earlier, I won't be too tired to study my scriptures more effectively. If I cut down my Facebook time, I won't be up late in the first place. If I don't do homework on Sundays, I will have more time for writing missionaries and writing in my journal. See? It all ties together.
I'm excited to tackle these goals! Here's a little poem to wrap it up.Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
~ William Arthur Ward