Resolutions vs. Goals

Resolutions vs. Goals

Are you one who makes resolutions year after year, remaining steadfast until about January 15th, and by the time February rolls around you don't even remember what the resolution was? *hand raise*

If you raised your hand, too, no shame.

What if we take a different approach this year? 
Have you ever considered the power of setting goals instead?

As we step into the possibilities of 2024, it's the perfect time to reflect on the journey ahead and set our sights on personal growth and real, sustainable achievement.

Let's take a minute to delve into the distinction between resolutions and goals to help you make the most out of the coming year:

Resolutions: Resolutions are often vague and open-ended, lacking a clear roadmap. For example, phrases like "exercise more" or "eat healthier" sound great, but without a detailed plan, they can be challenging to achieve.

Goals: Goals, on the other hand, are specific, measurable, and time-bound. They provide a structured framework for success. Instead of a broad resolution, setting a goal like "run a 5K in under 30 minutes by June" gives you a clear target and a deadline, making it more achievable and motivating.

Why Goals Matter:
  1. Clarity: Goals provide a clear direction, helping you stay focused on what you want to accomplish.
  2. Measurability: With goals, you can track your progress, celebrating small victories along the way.
  3. Motivation: Achieving specific goals boosts your confidence and encourages you to aim higher.
How to Set Effective Goals:
  1. Be Specific: Clearly define what you want to achieve.
  2. Make it Measurable: Set benchmarks to track your progress.
  3. Set Realistic Goals: Be ambitious but ensure your goals are achievable.
  4. Time-Bound: Establish a deadline to create a sense of urgency.
This year, let's challenge ourselves to move beyond resolutions and embrace the power of well-defined goals. Whether it's personal development, health and fitness, or professional growth, setting clear objectives will set you on a path to success.

Take some time to really ponder this and set at least one goal for 2024 (more if you dare!). 

I would love for you to comment below and share so we can embark on this journey together and I know how to best serve you in the future.

Wishing you a year filled with growth, success, and accomplishment!

Let's give 'em something to talk about...

Let's give 'em something to talk about...

Hello Friend,

You will never get a second chance to make a first impression....

While that is absolutely true, do you put as much effort into
making sure that your second, third, fourth... impressions
are just as powerful?

Do you ever really stop and think about the impressions
you are leaving on other people?

When someone has an encounter with you, 
do they walk away better than when they came?

Mother Teresa said, 
"Spread love everywhere you go. 
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."

I share my thoughts in a bit more detail below,
(fast forward through the first minute to skip the banter, lol)
and I'll be the first to admit, that's a pretty tall order!

Humans by nature are selfish.
We are super quick to point out 
how someone else made US feel, aren't we?

But we don't often stop and think on the reverse.

If you want people to leave your presence 
feeling just a little happier than when they arrived,
here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Don't criticize or condemn
2. Give honest and sincere recognition and appreciation
3. Smile

Be mindful of this as you got about your day today, 
try implementing one or all of the things above,
and note the response you get from others.

I bet it will not only leave them with a 
favorable impression of you,
but it will change your attitude as well. ;)

Until next time... Blessings!

Do you see it?

Do you see it?

Friend, look deep... deeper... Deeper....

Do you see more than just an acorn?
Do you see the potential that is inside?

I found this acorn over the weekend,
and I have been learning a bit more about 
what it takes for the oak tree to spring forth.

It's fascinating.

I go into more detail HERE 
if you have 10 minutes to spare
and want to take a listen.

If you don't, I'll get right to the point.

You have so much potential inside you.

In order for it to take root,
you may just need to go through a really dark season.

In order for it to spring forth,
you may just need to be broken.

In order for it to be nourished,
you may just need to rely on others.

When you are walking through the 
dark and broken places,
don't miss what God has put
right in front of your face.

He has equipped you with 
that you need to survive.

Stay rooted in Him.
Stay connected to your support system.
Stay focused on your growth.

Don't miss what God has placed
right in front of your eyes,
but be open to thinking
beyond what you actually see.

Until next time... Blessings!


PS: If you are needing some extra support and encouragement,
we just started a brand new series over in our group,
Guarding the Gate... 21 Days of Encouragement.

Sister, you don't have to walk your path alone.
Join us!

Were you born blind?

Were you born blind?

Chances are if you are reading this, you probably weren't born blind... but I bet it's safe to assume that you have found yourself presented with a situation or two in your life where you have asked the very common, one-word question, "Why?"

There's a story in the Bible about a man that was born blind. I am sure there were many times in his life when he questioned the why. 

The disciples also asked Jesus why this man was born blind. Their reasoning was very interesting. They thought it was simply for one of two reasons - either he sinned or his parents sinned.

I love Jesus' answer. "It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins... this happened so the power of God could be seen in him."

When we are faced with hard situations, situations that we just don't understand and there seems to be no good reason for, it is so easy to let Satan plant those seeds that we are being punished for something. I don't believe that is how God works.

God had a very special purpose for this man's life. He wanted to use him in a very powerful way.

But in order for that purpose to be realized, he had to endure years of darkness. Do you think in the end he felt it was worth it?

He had to be blind in order to truly be able to see. 
He got to experience firsthand the miracle-working power of Jesus.

Don't think for one minute that God can't reach into your darkness and shine His light.
Don't stop believing for your miracle.

The situation you find yourself in right now may be exactly where God needs you to be before He can rock your world. Will it be worth it?

Until next time, friend... blessings!

Is it enough???

Is it enough???
God can do amazing things with the 'little' that you think you have to offer... it's enough!
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