February 2016 (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

New Year’s Resolution? Not me!

I really don’t like New Year’s Resolutions because to me it’s just a fad and people nearly always break their resolutions. Every year my routine is to set aside a little bit of time to reflect on the past year and review and grade things that I’ve tried to accomplish in the previous year. For the past few years I start the New Year off with a fast. I do this for three different reasons: mind, body, and spirit. It’s good physically for you. You can use it as a body detox. It’s good mentally for you. It shows you that you can do something that your body is telling you that you can’t. Third and most important it’s good spiritually. It lets my heavenly Father know that he has control of every part of my life.

When I started doing this years ago it seemed like the main thing I was focused on was my personal career goals. As I’ve gotten older it seems like my goals of course have changed, but there are not as many short term goals as there is long. In fact they’ve gotten broader and with less attention to time. This year I didn’t just focus on goals. This year I broke it down into four things. Goals is still at the top of my list, but the second thing that was at the top was ideas. Small minded people talk about people. Average minded people talk about events. Great minded people talk about ideas. The third thing that I wanted to focus on was “things that are working”. In order to look at the things that are working you have to acknowledge the things that are NOT working and be disciplined enough to eliminate those things. The fourth is “Things that must get done”. I’m a big “list” person. Every day I have a list. Some days I get nothing checked off. Some days I check off everything, but I always have a list going. If I don’t write it down it seems like I don’t get it done. I’m not saying that my system would work for everybody, but that’s just it. I do think you have to have a system. I encourage you to figure out something that works for you. When you aim at nothing you hit nothing.


God Bless and see you down the line


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