It's that time of year again... considering my weaknesses and the areas I'd like to improve and then coming up with a plan to help me be a better me. Making New Year's resolutions (as well as goals throughout the year) is not only a common tradition but an important one. I think it is especially important to really push yourself and do hard things. Reach for the stars if you will:) As Scott tells me, it is better to aim for the stars and miss than to aim for poop and hit it!
I find it helpful to make goals where I can measure my progress and success. Abstract goals that I've had in the past like trying to be more patient (which has been a New Year's resolution of mine since Junior High) seem to diminish and disappear throughout the year. I need something I can gauge. The measurable goals I've made in the past, however, tend to be physical ones... running a half marathon, having a baby (I count this one by the way), etc. Although physically demanding goals are important to me, this year I really wanted to focus on my spiritual goal and I wanted it to be something measurable. As one of my hard New Year's resolutions, I am choosing to read the entire standard works this year. I challenge anyone and everyone who has the smallest inkling to do this with me to dive in! Here is the schedule a woman in my ward shared that I am following in order to accomplish this feat this year.
You can do HARD things! Happy goal accomplishing!