Starting Off Right

Posted: January 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Upcoming blogs will focus on Goal setting and time management. My prayer is that you find these inspirational and practical.

The beginning of a new year is a natural time to reflect on the past year and evaluate if you lived your values, accomplished your goals, and to refocus for the upcoming year. God intends us to live intentionally, not accidentally. Preparation for the upcoming year is essential to have a life that counts, makes a difference in your own world and the Kingdom of God. The exercise of reflecting and refocus at times is difficult and painful when facing failures, missed opportunities, changes in relationships and your own weakness; however, great joy comes when you realize some things you did right, see what God accomplished through you, realize new relationships, have the wonderful prospect of learning from the past and the hope that comes with a fresh start in the new year.

The faith exercise of setting goals and re-aligning values should be a highlight of every New Year. Do you know your values and purpose in life? To keep from drifting through life without a real sense of significance, feeling like a number on planet earth, find your values and purpose. Start of by determining your top 5 values and understanding your purpose in life. My goals are wrapped up in my values and purpose. The five F’s of my goal setting this year are.
1. FAMILY
2. FRIENDSHIP
3. FITNESS/PERSONAL GROWTH
• SPIRITUAL
• INTELLECTUAL
• PHYSICAL
4. FAITH
• PURPOSE/CALLING
• CHURCH
• KINGDOM
5. FINANCES
Yours are probably different than mine because they are based on your values and purpose. I have a couple of new values this year that have led to new goal areas. The biggest change or new goal for me as 2012 lies ahead is the area of fitness. (1 Tim 4:8 KJV) “Bodily exercise profits little.” Probably not the best translation to understand that exercise is beneficial. Many use this to rail against exercise, which is not the verses intent. A better translation is (1 Tim 4:8 NIV) “For physical training is of some value.” Paul is not saying exercise has no value, just the opposite, it has some value. For me exercise and weight control are big goals this year. Anyone who knows me realizes this is a huge undertaking. In fact, I have never added this to my written goals. I love to eat, but the possible health implications of being overweight and lack of physical activity has disturbed my mind and convicted my heart to the point I cannot let this slip anymore. As I weighed this morning it was my lowest in several years, down 40lbs from my highest weight. The New Year and new goals bring challenges but many rewards. Hopefully, the New Year brings excitement at the prospect of starting off right. To be continued…

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