When my brother Robes was a bishop he gave a talk about goal setting the last Sunday of that year.
Here are some excerpts from his talk:
In the past, I have made various New Year’s resolutions that were a bit out of the ordinary. They don’t have to be complex. They don’t have to be lofty. Simple, solid goals can help us reach high levels of spirituality, peace and happiness.
Here are some of the things I hope to accomplish next year:
At serious times, be more serious.
At less serious times, be less serious.
Find more to care about deeply.
Listen to loud music softly.
Listen to soft music loudly.
Read more books.
Gain an appreciation for and a better understanding of fine opera.
Live with zeal and passion.
Continue to love my work.
Do whatever I can to promote peace.
Honor my parents.
Be a better brother.
Be a better brother-in-law.
Be a better father.
Be a better bishop.
Be a better husband.
Use my baseball mitt more.
Ride my bicycle more.
Read one play by Shakespeare.
Pray more on my knees and less in my car.
Read my scriptures more.
When I am in a city with a temple, attend that temple.
Be a more attentive listener.
Strengthen my testimony.
Be a good Christian.
Feel the power of the atonement.
Live my life and live the gospel at the same time.
Be more charitable, more Christ-like and more compassionate.
I always share his talk with friends this time of year. And I re-read it to get some ideas.
One year I made a list of MORE and LESS things to do. One year I made a list of things to do as old as I was. One year I taped my goals up on the wall so I saw them every day. The most important thing is to make progress!
Happy New Year to all the rubygirl fans!