With the start of the new year, most of us set out with the best of intentions and set so-called resolutions for a better year. Personally speaking I look at setting goals rather than resolutions for the mere fact that, how many of us actually accomplish, the oftentimes unrealistic resolutions that we set for ourselves? I mean, let's just keep it real for a moment. I myself have been guilty of this in the past, until I realized that all I was doing was setting myself up for failure. To know that this is true, all you have to do is look at the definition of the word resolution which according to Oxford Dictionary is : "a firm decision to do or not to do something." Enough said.
As I said earlier, instead of making resolutions, I have decided instead, to set goals for myself. Setting the goals is the easy part, but in and of itself, it's is not enough either. How many times have you set a goal to accomplish or do something and for one reason or another, you always seem to fall short? Join the crowd! Been there, done that "wrote a song about it, like to hear it? Here we go!" (for those of you who remember the show "In Living Color") Let's face it, we all lead hectic and busy lives. But let me let you in on a little secret, God calls us to live "Fruitful" lives not "Busy" lives! Think about that for a minute. I don't think that there is one of us, (present company included) that hasn't said at one time or another, "I'm too busy!" What I have learned, is that the truth of that statement is, that I'm just not using my time wisely. Ouch! That's a post for another day! LOL!
Back to the subject of setting goals instead of making resolutions. Make the decision to start the new year off by setting goals that are S-M-A-R-T (Specific-Measurable-Attainable-Realistic-Time Bound) The S.M.A.R.T. goals technique is the most popular method used for goal setting in the world today. It allows you to set realistic goals that you can achieve. In addition to setting goals, understand that it's not enough to simply set them, but you must also develop a plan for achieving them, and to follow through with those plans.
Which finally brings me to the main focus of this post. So now that you have set your goals, have a plan in place for achieving and following through with them, who is going to help to hold you accountable so that you don't loose momentum? Everybody is excited and gung-ho in the beginning, but then somehow or another, the excitement starts to fade. This is when you need an accountability partner or group of partners who will encourage you to not give up when those naysayers or negative minded people (yes we all know a few in our lives), try to discourage or as they say "hate" on your dreams or goals! When this happens, this is the time to call upon those likeminded individuals who are generally happy for and support your success.
So on this last day of 2014, I challenge you to not only make a list of S.M.A.R.T. goals, develop a plan for achieving and following through with them, but most importantly, make a list of individuals who you can count on to fill your tank and inspire you take it to the next level "when your get up and go has got up and gone" (as stated by Joyce Meyer)! They will help you get it back! Much success to you in 2015 on reaching your goals! I believe in you!
LET'S DO THIS!
Happy New Year and thank you for your support!
We find ourselves once again in full swing of the holiday season. A time when most people think about giving or helping others. For me, it is a time of reflection and a time to really think about all the many blessings in my life. What does it mean to be thankful? By definition, it means: "It is a time to be aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful." Simple enough right? Wrong! I say that because although it may sound simple, in my personal opinion, there is a serious lack of gratitude not only in the world but also in our everyday lives. I'm guilty too of not taking the time to stop and smell the roses from time to time and complaining about what I don't have verses what I have already been blessed with. Shame on me.
I truly believe that it's just part of human nature for us to from time to time, want more than what we already have or to want what somebody else has. But that doesn't make it right. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting nice things, but it becomes a problem when we allow that desire or want to consume us and to steal our happiness if we don't get what we want. I came across this quote which seems to sum up everything that I am trying to say here that I want to share with you. It simply states that , "Happiness isn't about getting what you want all the time. It's about loving what you have and being grateful for it." Bam! There it is in a nutshell! I mean just stop and think about that for a moment and what it means. When you think about it, this is a reality check and a very powerful statement!
In my heart I believe that we block our own blessings because we don't know how to appreciate what we do have. This is a life lesson that parents, including me, oftentimes struggle to teach their children. Largely because we want to give them all of the things that we didn't have growing up which then leads to over indulgence. So what I'm saying is that we can't blame our children for something that we allowed to happen. Ouch, that one hurt! But it's not too late to turn it around, especially if you have young children.
One sure fire way, of teaching yourself and your children, to learn to appreciate and be thankful for what you have, is by reaching out and helping others. Just recently I was blessed to meet a young woman who like me, has unfortunately been affected by a layoff. Although, she has struggled with dealing with the emotional impact that this life altering event can have on and individual, she has not allowed it to change her heart for wanting to serve and help others. In the short time that I have been privileged to know her, she has had such a profound impact on my life with regards to what community outreach really means. Her life is a shining example of how, despite her personal circumstances, helping others has opened up a window of opportunity, that I personally feel is leading her towards her God ordained purpose and destiny! "Thank You" for inspiring me to be a better me in the upcoming new year!
I had the fortunate opportunity to share her story on my talk radio show and I would like to share it with you. So please take a listen!
If your family is anything like mine, then you too look for any excuse to add to the family photo album. The holiday season is just one of those times and the perfect opportunity to pull out the camera and click away! As wonderful and fun as this may sound, taking the perfect photo or video, can be easier said than done for those of us (like me) who are what I call "camera challenged!" LOL! Yes, I'll be the first to admit, that I'm not necessarily the perfect choice for the person you may want to ask to capture one of those precious moments. That's alright and I can own up to that. But, as I am always willing to learn and grow, I have found a solution for all of my "camera challenged" comrades out there!
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