Monday, January 10, 2011

Goals


I have been sick this week - too much celebrating. I feel like my little four-year-old grandson who (sobbing in his mother’s arms because he was too tired) said, "I’m just having too much fun." I have to rest from too much fun also.
We traditionally set goals this time of year. Sometimes I rebel against doing it, but I know that what I think about and plan, I become. All of us participate in goal setting whether on a conscious or subconscious level. 
We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think. Buddha 
Even if I never set goals, I still invite things into my life by my thoughts.  So I do set goals and have a plan because I don't want my life to be run by default.
One of the things I struggle with is consistency. I can start out with really good intentions and then forget about them after a few weeks. All it takes is for me to have to get a lesson or meeting ready and before I know it, I've thrown my whole energy into that project and forgotten all about my other goals. Summer is also a very bad time for me to be consistent. With kids and family, everything goes out the window for a few months.
So one thing I know about myself is that I won't be consistent all the time, and I now I set a time of reestablishing my goals once a month just to check to see if I got off the track. I ALWAYS have to recommit myself in September after everyone is back in school. 
Be flexible in goal setting. Be willing to change your goals over time. (You may not have to be, but I do.
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity. Lois Pasteur
            So here’s to flexibility, change and tenacity in your goal-setting!
            Share your ideas with me. I’d love suggestions as to what works for you.
Christy Monson
Connections (christymonson.blogspot.com)
Prophets in Person (prophetsinperson.blogspot.com)


5 comments:

Linda Garner said...

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, at least that's what I've heard. My trouble with goals is trying to make big changes all at once. I think small steps work best. LG

Lenny Lee* said...
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Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss christy! heres what one of my brothers says about goals. they gotta be SMART. and heres what that means.
specific
measurable
achieveable
realistic
time specific

knowing what goal you got is easy but doing it is the most hare part. im get off my course lots cause of other stuff. im pretty lucky cause my most oldest brother helps me go back on my course.
...hugs from lenny

Dawn said...

I love this post and the SMART response above. I think for me, the key word is not flexibility, but rather balance. I tend to make goals and then go at them so hard I burn out JUST before the end. This year I am "scheduling" time for those commitments and not allowing myself to go beyond...

Yaya' s Home said...

Goal setting does not come easily for me. I tend to run an' run an' run, until I finally collapse. Then, I look back an' realize that a lotta' my running was spent in jus' spinning my wheels. I'll take your advice; thank you.

Yaya