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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Resolutions ... NAH!



Tis the Season for New Years Resolutions! Or Maybe you have a list of goals for the year that you would like to achieve?

I have always considered myself a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person. You know, those that "go with the flow" or do better "under pressure" or a "having to meet a deadline."

UNTIL ....

Years ago, I sat across from the table from our Life Coach. She had begun teaching us the specifics of our Personalities. (Fascinating stuff!!) In sharing with her that I wasn't one who "planned" anything, or sat down and wrote out my goals, whether they were financial goals, fitness goals, etc. Heck, I didn't even Plan our family menu! LOLOLOL

She said these words to me and they hit me hard!!

"IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, THEN YOU PLAN TO FAIL"


WOAH!!! I never ever thought of it that way! After more time was spent learning numerous things about myself, my family and how best to work together as a team, I slowly worked into "planning." A started off by just planning our family menu. We would have our family meeting each weekend and the kids would participate in planning the menu. It is AWESOME!


As the years have gone by, I am still learning different parts of our life that definitely need to be scheduled or look at in regards to "this is how we have been doing things, NOW THEN, how can we make that better?" Being open to change and accepting that we all have room for improvement is key!

Isn't that really what creating Resolutions are? Taking those areas in your life and saying "Hey, I am not doing this either AT ALL, or, not in the way that I should so I am going to have to change some things to make them happen or make them better!

If you are like me and countless others who have sat down and created a New Years Resolution over the years, only to forget them all in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th week of making them, I have a suggestion.

Say these words to yourself - including your name in the sentence.

"Loren, If you Fail To Plan, then you are planning to fail" None of us want to fail! None of us want to disappoint ourselves or anyone else by allowing yet another year of New Years Resolutions be long forgotten by March.

Sitting down to plan has changed so many things for myself and our family ~ it has given us more time to be together, enjoying one another. It helps things from being forgotten...like, house or car maintenance! Planning can be fun especially when it is for a vacation :) Planning your budget for the year is awesome! I know we are all different and for some resolutions work great! Either way, we all need to learn what works best for us and GO FOR IT!


And Remember....

With God.... ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE and.... HE is a God of "Order" NOT "Chaos!"

You can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS YOU :)

MY MOTTO this year is ... NO EXCUSES! NONE! ZIP-ZILCH!!






6 comments:

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart

Wise words my friend! I love having something to shoot for and I love YOUR new motto for the year! You can do it!
HUGS
Kim

Connie

You inspire me!!! Love, Mom

Saleslady371

You are so precious, Loren, and you always make me smile! Wishing you a prosperous and successful 2012!

Betsy from Tennessee

Great post... We do need to plan.. I'm a list-maker ---so that helps keep me on target.... No excuses, huh???? Okeedookee.... (HA HA)

Happy 2012.
Hugs,
Betsy

George

I mostly agree with your life coach about the importance of planning, with one exception. Our plans need to allow for changes that the Lord has for us. Several years ago I had my life as a college professor all planned out, but the Lord wanted me to go to China instead I'm glad I did -- it was an amazing experience. I never got tenure as a result of that time in China, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

I would, however, like to steal your motto for the year.

Anne Payne

I can feel your exuberance! I'm not a planner by nature but I do tend to have an overall plan but try not to get too specific as I have learned that life throws curve balls and I need to be flexible, not stress out when things don't get done "on schedule". whoa! that was a run on sentence :)

The one thing that my husband and I absolutely do is make out our budget a year in advance. Now THAT is stressful at the time but it takes off LOADS of stress later!

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