Now that the new year is here, did you start the year by setting goals for yourself? Any new year’s resolutions?
I have decided to not set ANY. This is probably the first year that I have not set up some sort of goal for myself to accomplish in the new year. Honestly, it has been the best feeling and the most refreshing.
So why no goals or resolutions?
I want to be a MAINTAINER. This is where my desire to continually grow in ALL areas of life, should not be effected by the turn of the calendar year. Of course, yes, I am doing a series on organizing and decluttering our homes, but the reason I am doing it throughout the year is that changing is a continual process – it takes maintaining. Some things are more set in stone, like losing weight (once you reach your goal, you reach your goal), but it’s the maintaining that matters. Same as decluttering and organizing – you may get to a point in your home when you have decluttered all you can, but now the task of maintaining the organization, is the challenge.
Do not get me wrong. I love the idea of resolutions. I really do. In fact, last year I made blogging goals for myself. I enjoyed reaching some of those goals and feeling the sense of accomplishment. But when it comes to my personal life, I want to just keep striving to be the person God created me to be. Setting a goal and then letting it go by the wayside after I accomplish it, is not the life I want to live. I want to keep working TOWARDS and MAINTAINING the life I feel called to live.
And that’s just it – your life is going to look MUCH different than mine! I do not want you to compare yourself to me. I am far from perfect. Sure, use my ideas for organizing and simplifying as inspiration, but I realize that everyone lives a different life, lives in a different size house, lives in a different area, and has different ideas of how they want to live their lives. That is why it’s important to look at your own life and think about how you want to be the person you feel called to be.
WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE? Decide today to not necessarily set a goal to reach, but a standard to live up to. For me personally, my standards are to live up to what the Bible says and to mirror Christ’s image. I will never fully accomplish this goal until I reach Heaven, and so that is why I am working towards maintaining the faith I have, while also striving to continue to grow in my faith as well.
So this year I do not have any “written” goals for myself. I just want to continually grow. It’s as simple as that. Grow in all areas of life – maybe that’s a goal, but I feel goals are accomplished, where this goal is not accomplished until I reach Heaven.
Again, do NOT get me wrong – goals are NOT a bad idea! If you have set goals for yourself this year, I’d love to hear what they are! What do you hope to accomplish in this new year? What areas of your life do you want to maintain and keep working towards?