Congratulations, former procrastinators! Through a tough year, we’ve met the challenge to be more diligent.
The report on my goals: I dropped the writing goal entirely because family considerations brought a more pressing requirement. I could not manage three super high demand priorities. As of this writing, I’ve completed two photo albums I aimed for and have one to go. I did make 2 additional albums I had not counted on. Though a little disappointed, I’m also thrilled!
These are the things that especially stand out to me from this year that I then shared with you. I’ve reordered them here to help show connections.
- If we’re following the crowd (even Christians), we may not be following Jesus. We lose sight of Him.
- Dethrone the hindrances that interfere with walking close to Jesus. Don’t let them determine our walk with Him.
- “By investing in fewer things, we make significant progress in the things that matter most.” Choose an essential few. (Greg McKeown)
- Focus where your impact counts most. Let your schedule reflect that.
- Reach my end-of-year goal by reaching quarterly sub-goals along the way.
- Mini habits make exercising willpower easy. That’s advantageous because motivation is not reliable and often not present. (Stephen Guise)
- Consistent repetition of small steps changes our brains and our habits.
- Routine is the road to accomplished priorities.
- Making a big job smaller helps you be more faithful in it.
- Done is better than perfect.
- “We reap what we sow. We reap at a different time than we sow. We reap more than we sow.” (Our friends Duane and Ana Perry quote this.)
- Learn to see the connection between present actions (or inactions) and future consequences.
- When we delay getting help for our personal pain, we unintentionally compound difficulties for ourselves, our husband, children, colleagues, and friends. Delay leads to regret. Getting help can lead to a healed heart – His gift of peace, freedom and joy.
What stands out to you from this year of learning to be more diligent?