Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Year Focus

It’s hard not to look back and see everything that didn’t get accomplished in 2008, but since I try hard to be a glass-half-full kinda gal, I will state for the record that many things DID get accomplished. So they weren’t always things we expected.

I’ve been sick for a week, but it’s time to try to focus forward. Focus isn’t easy right now. The whole family is sick, to one degree or another. We’re not going to make it to church today. I AM going to get my goals chosen so that, to one degree or another, I can start working toward reaching them. I LOVE this quote by Pres. Benson -

"Every accountable child of God needs to set goals, short-and-long-range goals. A man who is pressing forward to accomplish worthy goals can soon put despondency under his feet, and once a goal is accomplished, others can be set up. Some will be continuing goals. Each week when we partake of the sacrament we commit ourselves to the goals of taking upon ourselves the name of Christ, of always remembering Him and keeping His commandments. Of Jesus' preparation for His mission, the scripture states that He 'increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man; (Luke 2:52). This encompasses four main areas for goals: spiritual, mental, physical, and social" (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 383-384).

I’m using this thought to give myself a focus that won’t overwhelm. I’m setting four simple goals of the continuing kind. When each one becomes a solid habit, I’ll set a new goal in that area:

Spiritual -– favor with God
Spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day feasting on the scriptures.

Mental -– wisdom
Spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day in a twaddle-free book.

Physical -– stature
Spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day moving!!

Social -– favor with man
Spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day decluttering to get rid of the C.H.A.O.S. – (“Can’t have anyone over syndrome”)

One hour a day, fifteen minutes at a time. I can do that.

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At Mon Jan 05, 12:02:00 PM PST, Blogger Mrs. Darling said...

I love you 15 minute goals! Thats an excellent way to start out. And hey, now that you delurked you need to stay delurked! LOL Lets keep in touch!

At Mon Jan 05, 12:15:00 PM PST, Blogger Mrs. Woody said...

Thank you. My new motto is borrowed from the FlyLady... "I can do anything for 15 minutes!" I'm already seeing how fast those 15 minutes add up!

I'm curious to see what great new homeschool plan you're working on, Mrs. Darling. Keeping in touch sounds like a good plan. :o)

At Thu Jan 08, 01:43:00 PM PST, Blogger Barbara said...

I have long enjoyed the Inner Dad. Among other things, I have enjoyed reading how he feels about you and the girls. Finally following the link to your blog, I can immediately see a little bit of what he loves about you. One look at your picture, and I think, I like this woman!

Reading your 15 minute goals increased the feeling, especially when I reached CHAOS - which I possess to a high degree and am struggling to overcome.

Best to all the Woodys!

At Fri Jan 09, 07:19:00 PM PST, Blogger Mrs. Woody said...

Aw... so sweet! You made me blush.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and the middle of my clutter.

And btw, you're welcome to visit anytime.



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