What are Your Goals and Action Steps?

2015 Reading Challenge

Week #5 of the 2015 Reading Challenge. You are doing great challenging yourself to read everyday and reading something different. I have had a couple of folks asked if I would resend the list of categories for the 2015 Reading Challenge. I will do that Friday. Remember: you do not have to read from every category! Pick what you are interested in and go from there. Then share with us what you are reading! You may be reading something that we may also want to read.

The category for Week #5 is: Books with Numbers in the Title. Here are a few titles that may motivate your thinking: 1984 by George Orwell; One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas; and The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien.

You can jump on board anytime. Enjoy a new book this week.

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It’s February 4, 2015. One whole month has gone by, and I bet most of you did not notice. Well, I didn’t either! Four weeks into the New Year, and I bet your New Year Resolutions have drifted away with the wind (And for some of you, your Resolutions are buried in the snow and minus degree temperatures!). Now that the New Year and the Super Bowl are over, it is time to get serious about organizing and goal setting.

What kinds of goals do you have for 2015? (I like goals better than resolutions.) Here are a few of my goals for 2015:

        1.   Continue to grow in my faith journey with the Lord                                                                                   2.   My family                                                                                                                                                                     3.   Blogging                                                                                                                                                                       4.   Writing a novel                                                                                                                                                         5.   Renovating my house

First, make a list of your priorities or goals. What do you want to accomplish in 2015? Go wild, dream, stretch your imagination. What did you want to do as a child? My dream was to be a nurse. Today I look back and realize that the Lord called me to a different healing profession – being a pastor.

WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN!! Don’t leave them floating around in your head. They will only get lost or worse they might get forgotten. This sounds so simple, but most of us do not write our goals down; the end of the year comes and we have not been successful in reaching any of our goals. By writing them down, and PUTTING THEM SOME PLACE YOU CAN SEE THEM you stay focused on what is important to you!

Your goals are not stagnant; they have movable parts called Action Steps. What are you going to commit to this year? Where do you want to go? And how do you want to get there?

My first goal is to continue to grow in my faith and journey with the Lord. Here are my Action Steps:            1.   Read Scripture 30 minutes every morning                                                                                                   2.   Start a prayer journal

My second goal is My Family. My Action Steps:                                                                                                                          1.   Text or call my grandchildren twice a month to see how life is treating them                                2.  Write a letter to my mother once a month. (I talk with her on the phone, but                                             she loves getting mail.)

WRITE YOUR ACTION STEPS DOWN and put them where you can see them.

Now schedule your Action Steps on your calendar. By writing down your goals, Action Steps, and schedule on your calendar these actions will help you to focus on what you want to do in 2015. Don’t make a long list of goals or Action Steps. It becomes too overwhelming and discouraging when there are too many things to do that you cannot make a dent. List four or five goals that are important to you and focus on those first.

                          1.   Write down your goals                                                                                                                                           2.   Plan Action Steps                                                                                                                                                     3.   Schedule goals on your calendar                           Happy Organizing!!

Today, do something that challenges you, Linda


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