The start of a new year, all the resolutions: lose weight, get fit, save money, declutter, improve your business, improve your relationships.
All. The. Things.
I scroll Instagram and a post catches my eye. I read the goals of this friend (or stranger) and think, ‘yes, me too”. Yes, I should lose weight. Yes, I should get fit. Of course I should save money. There is always something to declutter. These could be my goals too. Over and over again I see posts by others and it influences my thoughts like a faucet- drip, drip, drip. It makes me feel like I need to keep up. That they are all good things and I should be doing them all.
And then I remember….
that my goals and decisions should not be made by a frantic need to keep up. What are my goals this year? Is there just one, or are there a few?
I have to turn off social media and even the voices in my head and ask myself, quietly, some hard questions. Where am I at? Where do I want to be? What is working right now? What isn’t? What would be good for me?
I pray and listen.
The Lord gently reminds me- there isn’t magic to January 1st and the posture of my heart in the every day matters more than a flurry of goals made for the new year, yet forgotten in a few months. So I consider my goals carefully thorough this filter. I write down some areas that I feel might be goals for me. I write out some action steps to achieve these goals- but I pay the most attention to my motivation and mindset. I pay attention to where my goals are coming from and why. I’m living my own life, not someone else’s.
A new year.
….but with a heart that listens for the next right step.
Happy New Year friends! I’m grateful you are here.