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Me and Sarah accidentally chose the same name for our posts, because we are just that awesome.😂 #greatmindsthinkalike #itsabestiething Anyway, as all of you know, we have just begun a new year, which is really hard to believe. (Whaaaaat? It’s 2019 already?!) One of the most common topics right now is New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions have carried a stigma for as long as they have been around. Everyone knows New Year’s resolutions are never kept, am I right? (The fact that I keep mine every year is beside the point.😜) Everyone has a picture of exactly who they want to be, and decides every year that January 1st is the perfect time to make changes. And in theory, it is. Changes just doesn’t happen overnight.
When I began making “New Year’s resolutions”, without really realizing it, I was true to my personality by being realistic about it. I believe my first one was to read my Bible in less than a year. If I remember correctly, I read it in about 7 months. (I only did that one year, and have since gone back to reading it just once a year.) This resolution was not unrealistic, as I had been reading my Bible every year already. All I was doing was pushing myself a little further and creating a reasonable goal. I wasn’t stressed, because I didn’t expect it to happen in 24 hours.
The idea of goals, to me, is a wonderful thing. Every New Year, I spend time evaluating myself and then write out a list of goals for the year ahead. For 2018, I had the biggest list for my New Year’s goals I’d ever had. (I think I had around 10.) But, I still completed every. single. one. And, you know what? Starting a blog was on my list! You know what wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t started a blog? Me and Sarah would never have met or become friends! See the importance here?😜
#goals is something that we all see everyday. Anytime people see something they want or what they want to be, they say #goals. But what does that even mean to them? I believe it’s really just a list of “wants”. Nothing is a goal unless you are actively working toward it. There are so many people out there with an idea of who they want to be, but aren’t making any changes. Because the word goals has been overused and has become shallow and meaningless. What if we were seeing #completedgoals everyday?
There are many different types of goals: goals in God, personal goals, work goals, educational goals, and the list goes on and on. For me, goals in God and personal goals go hand-in-hand. One should always have goals in God. Once you lose sight of your goals, you quit making progress or you go an entirely different direction than planned because you can no longer see the vision you once held. (This goes for any goals!)
Another thing I have found, is that if I write out a list of goals and dedicate them to God, they will get completed. He wants us to complete our goals and to reach our full potential! In addition to making a list of goals for the New Year, I make one for each conference, as well. This has been awesome and has helped me focus on what’s really important at conferences.
There is also a different set of goals that I label #lifegoals. Things like: getting married, starting a family, traveling everywhere possible, celebrating my 30th, 50th, 70th, and maybe 90th Holy Ghost birthday, and much more. (I received the Holy Ghost when I was 6, by the way.) These are goals that are not exactly accomplishable at this stage in my life, so I just have to trust that God will help me complete my whole list according to His plan and timing.
I am sure some of y’all are probably wondering what my goals for 2019 will be/are. When it comes to my personal goals, I have this weird quirk: If I tell them to anyone, I am way less motivated to do it, because I get stressed about meeting other’s expectations. It’s weird, but it’s true!🤷🏼♀️ So, I’ll just give y’all a vague description of my 2019 goal(s).😜 For 2019, my goal(s) take the form of a Bible verse. It’s a specific passage of scripture that I’ll be using as my “goals” this year. It’s unconventional, but I am just doing what I feel.😉 I may go more into detail later in the year, so stay tuned!
So, as y’all start your new year off, keep this post in mind! Make reasonable goals instead of lofty resolutions- you’ll be thankful you did! Also, I encourage you to begin using the hashtag, #completedgoals. Who knows? Maybe we can start a trend!