The 1st of January always seems to bring a renewed sense of hope to life that reminds me that I have a second chance. In the first week of the year as the decorations come down and life begins to return back to normal, so many of us decide to turn over a new leaf and make our lives more purposeful from the beginning of the year.
This mental transforming of the mind, or shift in thought pattern is a reality for all of us on the planet.
In line with this renewed sense of hope from above, I resolve like so to begin to set myself goals that will make my life better.
These include the regulars like <em>’I must eat healthier, must exercise more, must walk more and drive less . . . must recycle . . .must not judge others et</em>c . . .
This year, I have also decided to add some other frequent bad habits of mine to my list of what I like to call ‘not to do’s’ or ‘changes’ like forgetting my password, misplacing my phone and calling it, and spending money on unneccessary clothes.
But seriously though, so as not to set some ‘same old same old’ goals that don’t get accomplished, I have decided to get S.M.A.RT (specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused and timebound) with my goals this year.I have also decided that the most important thing is to have a resolute mind concerning the thing you want to achieve this year.
I have to be honest and confess that I am very far off from mastering this thing called’New Year’s resolutions,’I’m still working on the goals of last year, but this year I purpose to work on them much more smartly than ever before. I realise that God doesn’t want me to just stay the way I am, He loves me far too much to do that. In the book of Habbukuk 2:2 we learn that it is a biblical instruction to set ourselves goals. “Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”
As a firm believer in self development as a lifestyle, I think that I can safely say that one approach we can all adopt right now in the first month of the year is to focus on being as organised and prepared for the year as possible.
This will go a long way in helping us to make progress in 2013 and beyond.