Start the New Year Right

Happy New Year, everybody! Can you believe it is 2014? I’m so excited about accomplishing new things this year. I can’t wait to see what adventures this year brings. How about you?

What are your goals and dreams for the New Year? Need to lose those 20 pounds you’ve been carrying around? Get your financial house in order? Or maybe declutter the junk in the house you’ve been accumulating over the years?

Now I’m a big believer in goals and have been setting them since I was a child, believe it or not. There is something about having a vision for my life and a goal to work towards that gives me energy and motivates me to move forward in life. Achieving a worthwhile goal builds my confidence and gives me an inner satisfaction.


In case you missed my post on setting goals last year, I talked about making SMART goals. A good goal must be:
S – specific – clearly stated
M – measureable – must be quantifiable
A – achievable – must be realistic
R – relevant – must be important to you
T- time bound – set a date to accomplish it by

A second major component to achieving our goals is we need to have a PLAN. It’s not enough to state our goals out loud, publish them on Facebook, or note them in a journal. Without a plan to implement our goals we will fail miserably. I’ve heard it said “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Make sense?

I break my life into 5 major areas and create a goal for each of those areas. Let’s say, in the area of fitness, I want to lose 10 pounds by the end of the year. The next thing I need to do is list 3 – 5 action steps I am going to start immediately to accomplish each goal. Action steps for losing the 10 pounds might be:

1. Take a brisk walk for 30 minutes every day.
2. Ask myself if I am really feeling hunger before I eat something.
3. Reduce the amount of fats, sweets, and salt I consume by half.

The third component of achieving my goals is the most important. Without this component, we will surely fail. We must learn to develop the power of Faith. I must BELIEVE I can accomplish what I set out to do and that God is going to give me the grace to do it. Faith is  KEY to accomplishing anything good in life but it must be backed up with action steps and of course, prayer.

So, write and share one of your goals with me. If you need help defining your goals, write me and I’ll help you out. Until next time, keep looking up!

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What’s Holding You Back?

What is it in life that you would like to accomplish? Is there someplace you’ve dreamed of visiting for years but haven’t? Perhaps it’s a personal goal like losing 10 pounds or learning to be more assertive or creative.

I am a firm believer in goals. I have a list of things I want to do, places I want to go, changes I want to work on in the various areas of my life. There is always some area in which to grow, that’s for sure.

But sometimes, something holds us back from accomplishing the desires of our heart. It’s called fear: fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of the outcome. It is natural to fear doing something different. As children of God, however, we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.

We must change the way we perceive things in life. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects try focusing on the positive ones. For example, if I want to lose weight, I can say “I’ll feel better about myself” instead of “I don’t have any will power”. Instead of “I don’t like to cook” I can say “I will enjoy learning how to eat healthy”. If I want to get in shape, I need to look at exercise as pleasurable rather than a chore. Instead of “I don’t have time to exercise” try “I’ll have more energy to accomplish what I need to do.”

What about visiting that spot you’ve dreamed of? Instead of saying “I don’t like to fly” how about “Imagine the new sights and places I will experience when I get there”. Changing the way we look at things motivates and energizes us to go for our dreams.

Friend, don’t let the nasty demon of fear hold you back any longer from living the abundant life. Life is wonderful, rich, and fulfulling if we choose to embrace it and go forward in faith, rather than fear. Remember, we will get what we expect, right?

Love to hear what new thing you are going to step out in faith for in your life. Write and let me know. Until next time, keep looking up!

The Power of Our Thoughts

Today I’d like to talk about the power of our thoughts. Our thoughts are extremely powerful, did you know that? Our thoughts have the ability to create as well as destroy, build up and tear down. How we think about ourselves is how we act.

Let me give you a personal example. I was overweight when I was growing up. My sister used to call me names and I used to always say “I’m so fat.” I’d snack and overeat and felt I was not in control of what I put in my mouth. I said that because I thought that.

Now, my mother doesn’t ever even recall me being fat for some odd reason, but I remember wearing long sweaters to cover my ample behind. Then I read somewhere about reprogramming my thinking about my weight. Instead of thinking “I am fat”, I replaced that with “I am thin.” Instead of thinking “I can’t control what I eat” I started thinking “I am in control of what I put in my mouth”. When the donuts and candy would show up at the office, I didn’t automatically shove one or two down my throat. I paused and asked myself “Is this really worth the calories? Do I really want to eat this?” The conscious choices I started making resulted in less guilt, and guess what – slowly I lost the weight. And it all started with a change in my thinking. Changing our thinking results in changing our behavior.

What thoughts have you accepted about yourself, dear one? That you’re fat? Ugly? Stupid? Unattractive to the opposite sex? These thoughts need to be reprogrammed and replaced with positive thoughts. Positive thinking generates confidence and confidence generates the power to change. Thoughts are powerful. Let’s harness that power and make that change!

The Power of Our Thoughts

Today I’d like to talk about the power of our thoughts. Our thoughts are extremely powerful, did you know that? Our thoughts have the ability to create as well as destroy, build up and tear down. How we think about ourselves is how we act.

Let me give you a personal example. I was overweight when I was growing up. My sister used to call me names and I used to always say “I’m so fat.” I’d snack and overeat and felt I was not in control of what I put in my mouth. I said that because I thought that.

Now, my mother doesn’t ever even recall me being fat for some odd reason, but I remember wearing long sweaters to cover my ample behind. Then I read somewhere about reprogramming my thinking about my weight. Instead of thinking “I am fat”, I replaced that with “I am thin.” Instead of thinking “I can’t control what I eat” I started thinking “I am in control of what I put in my mouth”. When the donuts and candy would show up at the office, I didn’t automatically shove one or two down my throat. I paused and asked myself “Is this really worth the calories? Do I really want to eat this?” The conscious choices I started making resulted in less guilt, and guess what – slowly I lost the weight. And it all started with a change in my thinking. Changing our thinking results in changing our behavior.

What thoughts have you accepted about yourself, dear one? That you’re fat? Ugly? Stupid? Unattractive to the opposite sex? These thoughts need to be reprogrammed and replaced with positive thoughts. Positive thinking generates confidence and confidence generates the power to change. Thoughts are powerful. Let’s harness that power and make that change!