I found over the years that New Year’s resolutions lasted only a few days or weeks at best, but GOALS were always there in from of me. I would write down each goal, a list of around ten in all, on a small piece of paper that I would carry with me in my wallet.
As I traveled with my job, bored in a hotel room, I would often open my wallet to look at the pictures of my wife and young children, and there it would be, the list!
As I opened the paper and began to read, I was amazed that I had actually accomplished a few of the goals on my list! But, there were always a few things that still eluded me. I would be a bit embarrassed, because the list meant accountability, but I was also reenergized to work on the remaining ones.
I divided the list into three sections. First, my health goals! Lose weight, control my blood pressure, work-out more frequently, thing like that.
Then, I would look at personal goals, being a better husband, father, friend, and what specific things I was going to do to accomplish these. It’s not as simple as, I’m going to be a better father. It means, I am going to do these specific things on this time table to be a better father.
Then professional goals. Things I wanted to accomplish. Start a new business, become a blogger, change jobs, get a promotion, and many others.
And finally, my spiritual goals like attend mass more often, read the bible daily, pray the Liturgy of the Hours, recite a rosary or chaplet every day, and then hold myself accountable to these goals.
If it made it to the list, then, the goal was in stone!
This past month, I realized that the year was half over. It prompted me to open up my wallet and take out the list. As I read down the items, I was really pleased at what I had accomplished, but challenged by the few I hadn’t done or even begun. A small reminder of what I had promised myself, my family, my work and my God.
Now it’s back to work! I’ve still got six months to complete the list. And with God’s help, I will.