I was really inspired by Dave Ramsey's podcast on January 4th, 2010. So inspired that I listened to it again today. Here are some of his points that really stuck out to me:
On average, resolutions last about 45 days - That's about to Valentine's Day.
So what should we do? Don't make resolutions - set goals! The difference is that goals are specific and determined. If you wanna "change your entire freakin life," not just 45 days of it, then make goals!
1.) Be Specific
2.) Be Measurable
3.) Be YOUR Goal
4.) Have a Time Limit
5.) Be Put in Writing
To read more about what Dave says about the importance of setting goals, read his Goal Setting 101 here.
My goals are pretty personal, but I will share parts of them here. All of my goals can be pretty much be put into five "BIG" goals (in no particular order):
- Grow Closer to the Lord
- Be a Better Wife/Mom
- Take Better Care of Myself
- Be a Better Steward of my Money
- Be a Better Teacher
I realize that these are not very measurable, but I promise they will be. My plan is to make smaller, measurable goals that fit into these bigger goals. I am still trying to flesh these goals out. In the meantime, I will leave you with these quotes:Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed." Cavat Roberts
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." Benjamin Franklin
"Decide what you are going to do differently this year. Otherwise this is going to be just another year. What kind of wimpified existence is just another year??" Dave Ramsey