"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Monday, December 29, 2008

2009 Plans

I rarely make any resolutions for the New Year. Being a wife and mother has clued me into the fact that I may be sincere and yet not accomplish anything. So as the New Year is nearly upon us, I thought I would share my simple tip to remove the pressure of resolutions.

Make a list of things that you do very well every day. Perhaps you make the bed before 7am every day...write this on the top of the paper. Continue on the list until you have nothing else to write. Now take a moment and reflect on how you turned the items on the list into habits that you are pleased with.

Now on the flip side of the paper write down 12 things that you would like to accomplish for 2009. Do not write DIET. Here is something I wish to accomplish...drink 6- 8 glasses of water per day. I am very neglectful on staying hydrated, and I live in a climate that requires that I maintain hydration. See this one accomplishment will complement my day, and will be easy to track using a dry erase marker on the fridge. I can make a tick mark for each glass. So this will be one that I know by February can become a good habit.

I am not going to feel deflated or disappointed if some days I miss my target goal. This is not something that will define me as a failure...

Instead of condemning behaviors that I may have picked up over the years, I try to learn a few new things over the New Year. Last year I challenged myself to bake bread from scratch. I mastered this and do not use a recipe card when I bake now! Oh and I have been experimenting with varieties of breads from the one base. Since I added a behavior that is beneficial to the family, another behavior must have gone to the back burner. One thing off the top of my mind is idleness. I have less time to sit and wander on the computer or watching TV.

Now back to the resolution list. If you must make a list, place the habits that you already do on the top, as you can begin on a mental success note.

My year is open to whatever the Lord puts before me. If I am in the Word He does press on me what I need to do.

So now you know my plans: be in the Word and~water. Yes it is easy to live a simple life.


Penless Thoughts said...

Good advice. I also adhere to the advice: If you don't aim hight you're sure to hit it!!!

Pat said...

Thanks for the encouragement---we all could do well to follow your plans!!

Happy New Year !!

Pam said...

I like the idea of a success list first! That speaks to me since I'm the type that needs words of affirmation. Thanks dear sister!