Happy 2023! I hope you had a most wonderful holiday season. If you haven’t put your goals together yet, I encourage you to do so this week. You can’t reach the destination without a map, and your goals will help you make the right choices and steps toward reaching the place you want to be come December. Remember, you are never too old to set goals!
Goals aren’t resolutions. They are more serious than just wishes; they are actions we must take to achieve and succeed. I find we need to look back at the previous year before we can move ahead. Where were you last year as compared to where you want to be this year? What worked and didn’t work? What frustrated you, distracted you and set you back? What helped keep you track?
Here are some other questions I’d like you to answer, and I will give you mine:
- What are you most proud of from last year?
I took a big step to address my on-going health issues. In a world focused on outward appearance, I chose internal health and well-being.
- What are you grateful for from last year?
Despite a lot of illness, job loss, disappointments, setbacks, broken dreams, and attacks from every angle, my husband and I are still standing by each other’s side. This took a lot of effort on both our parts, covered in prayer! Thank you, Lord Jesus!
- What lessons did you learn professionally?
The noise of social media has deafened most, and I feel I’ve wasted too much time trying to play by big-tech companies rules, which by the way, just make them richer! I’m not participating just because some billionaire tells us all to do it. I will be more strategic in building real relationships and stop trying to create false ones.
- What lessons did you learn personally?
Once again, I am learning all relationships are not created equal and that just because I put high value on a friendship doesn’t mean it is mutual. With my 2023 word being compassion, I will graciously and in love silently slip away from some relationships and put my energy in those who share the same feelings.
- Where did you grow spiritually?
Last year’s word was joy, and man did I get tested on that one! Too many hardships to list, but they all forced me to look inward and upward for my joy, not in my circumstances.
We should always run our goals by our Heavenly Father, and the more in tune we are with His heart, the more aligned with His plans they will be. Wishing you peace, joy, and love in the new year!
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