Goals For 2014

1. Make a not-to-do list. What are you wasting time on? What is keeping you from studying your Bible and prayer? What is keeping you from growing in your spiritual walk with the Lord?

2. Slow down to speed up. It’s easy to stay busy, moving as fast as you possibly can. But what’s the point of spending your days climbing a mountain, only to realize at the end of this new year, you’ve climbed the wrong one? Take time to have a daily devotion and listen to God’s direction.

3. Review your expenses as a couple (If married). The first of the year is a great time for couples to sit down and take a good look at their financial goals and habits. Are you both on the same page about your long-term plan? Do you pool your financial resources? Have you set up a budget?

4. Practice being thankful to God daily. An attitude of thanksgiving will go a long way to help your perspective and this can change your daily outcome.

5. Take a life inventory. How are your relationships with friends and family? Who do you need to forgive? What past mistakes are holding you back? How often do you laugh?

6. Set daily learning goals. Set goal on learning something new from the Bible each day. Set goals to become better at your work.

7. Make note of the people you spend time with. You might not even realize to what extent you are influenced—negatively and positively—by things and people around you. Start a journal to keep track of these influences so you can eliminate the negative and increase the positive. For instance, if being around a certain friend always makes you feel discouraged or drained, you should limit time with that person. Nurture your emotional well-being by choosing friends who genuinely encourage you and want to see you grow spiritually.

8. Remember that you can learn from your negative experiences. When Greyston Bakery filled its first order for brownies for Ben & Jerry’s, the thin brownie sheets stuck together in 50-pound lumps and could not be separated. You could certainly label this a “bad thing.” But Ben pondered what to do and ultimately Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream was born— one of Ben & Jerry’s most popular products.  What negative could you turn into a positive?

9. Schedule family time. You want to set up a schedule that is devoted to spending time with your family. Maybe it’s playing a game with the kids twice a week or going to get ice cream. It’s hard to make time to do those family things, but you want to make sure you are working to live instead of living to work.