Be the change…

What do I want out of life? You can’t help someone else change their life until you first be the change in your own life. How do I be the change in my life? How do I go from living aimlessly to actually doing something meaningful with my life? Why is it so easy to look at someone else’s success and want it but not see the years of hard work and determination that got them to the place I admire?

Lord Jesus be the change in my life. Lord I believe you have called me to be a writer. I believe you have given me a story worth sharing. Lord I want to share these things for your benefit father for your glory not for mine. Father help me to not be self focused but to focus on the things you have given me, on the things of you that you want me to see. Father I have fallen so far. So very far. I don’t feel that I can feel your love as strongly anymore. Father I struggle to feel you near and I don’t want to live my life like that anymore. I want to be totally sold out to you. I want my kids to be totally sold out to you. Father I am easily moved and tend follow the crowd. Help me to find my identity in you. Help me to know who you have created me to be. Father I don’t want to fit in anymore. I want be to so in love with you that I no longer care what anyone else thinks. 

begin well

The fresh start of a new year always inspires me. There is something about it. I don’t know if it is a numbers thing. Being in the first month of the year does something to me. It is the reset button that I so desperately long for by the final few months of the previous year. But it doesn’t have to be like that does it? I mean the fresh feeling is awesome and we all need time to shut off and relax and start with fresh vision and purpose.

But I don’t need to always be hanging on to the new year while wasting the last few months of the previous year. I think there is so much hype about the new year. Making resolutions. That fresh start. Being determined to conquer the world. Creating to many new years resolutions that end up sending us spinning by the end of January.

I actually decided this year to start before the first of January. I know it may seem like cheating but it gave me the ability to start fresh on my goals and dreams no matter what the date is. Or what day of the week it is for that matter. So I worked out the things that were important to me and yes that list is ever growing but I broke it down into some actionable goals. I also decided not to make twelve month goals. I actually made my goals for the first three months of the year.

set goals

So I have set myself some goals to achieve by the end of March this year.

Reading goals, I love to read and setting the number of books to achieve in a year inspires me to read more.

Writing goals, which I broke down into blog posts and book words (watch this space, there should be a book launch in the distant future).

Health goals, I am focusing, well for the first quarter, on how much water I drink and exercising for the benefit of being healthy, nothing more, no weightless goals. They never seem to inspire me anyway.

The financial goals are a little bit more interesting than just pay down debt, I have two fun goals and one debt goal.

And of course the most exciting of all, my study goals. Not really but they have to be there.

record progress

So to start with, I broke these goals down into daily actionable tasks. I have a note book that I am currently recording when I complete something towards these goals on a daily basis. The day my inspiration hit was boxing day of all days and it has been really interesting and uplifting to see the days I’ve done well and smashed out my goals for the day and the days that I have made an effort to try and complete my daily goals even if I have fallen slightly short on some of them.

I highly recommend breaking down your goals into quarterly, monthly and even weekly or daily goals. It may just be the motivation you need to push though and achieve your goals this year instead of seeing them on next years new years resolutions list.

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