Fewer and Better Goals

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It has only been a week since we jumped into the New Year and perhaps you feel like you already broke some of your resolutions. But don’t worry, the year is not over yet!

At times this happens because we set goals that are too difficult or unachievable. That is why it’s important to reevaluate your goals to not become discouraged. Perhaps instead of making many resolutions, you could decide on three specific goals that are not out of your reach.

Or you could set two or three bigger goals for the year and establish a set of smaller goals that would help you accomplish your yearly objective.

Focus on the most important areas in which you want to see significant change and decide that you will do everything possible to accomplish your goals. For example, you can focus your efforts on your health, family or spiritual life.

What is it that you most need to change? After you have this one clear purpose in mind, think of something simple you could do this week to enable you to meet the greater goal. If you want to lose weight, you could join a gym or begin by replacing one meal with a healthier one.

If you want to get closer to God this year, set the goal to read a short book of the Bible this week and pray for at least five minutes every morning. If you want to improve your family life, you can start by setting apart one or two hours this week to spend quality time with your kids or spouse.

Lastly, if you were able to complete one of these smaller goals, you should feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you are on your way to fulfilling your greater goal, for the enthusiasm you feel will be key for achieving success in your yearly objectives.

And remember: “[You] can do all this through him who gives [you] strength” (Philippians 4:13).

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