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3 Priorities for Day 1 of your new year

 

Happy New Year to you all!

I am immensely thankful to you all for reading and commenting on my posts in 2015. Before I dive in to today’s post, I want to thank my top 5 commenters:

  1. Vincent S Artale – thank you for reblogging (sharing) so many of my posts! I greatly appreciate it!
  2. SlimJim from Domain for Truth – your comments have been very encouraging. Thank you!
  3. Debbie from Sisters Reach Out – Thank you for the uplifting and delightful comments. You always have such kind thoughts!
  4. Beckie Lindsey from Spotlight – Thank you for your comments and for promoting my posts on Twitter! You are a kindred spirit.
  5. Debbie Lees – Thank you for your encouragement over the past several months!

This blog began as an outlet for my thoughts about Bible reading and has grown into a mutually encouraging corner of the web. Through this medium I have “met” so many people who desire to draw near to God. Deepest thanks to you all for helping me in my walk with the Lord and the encouragement to press on.


So, I know I said in my post on goals that my next 2 posts would be on How to achieve daily bible reading and daily prayer. I have already completed the post on Bible reading, but as it is Day 1 of 2016 and I’m still in the process of writing the prayer post, this one will come in between.

Today is the day we start taking our goals from ideation to reality. 

Priority 1: Post your goals. If you haven’t posted your goals somewhere that you frequently look, that ought to be your primary task today. Write down your specific, measurable goals and post them on the fridge, your bathroom mirror, the lock screen on your phone or the dash of your car. If you’re still having trouble formulating your goals, I recommend these two posts from Michael Hyatt’s blog:

If your goal is daily Bible reading, start today! Stop reading this post if you haven’t done that and go do that first.

Priority 2: Take 1 small step toward one or more of your goals. Today. If your goal is to pray daily, grab an index card, write down your prayer requests and put it at the table where you’ll be eating. Before you start eating, read your card and then pray. The card will remind you to pray regularly. (More on prayer to come shortly!)

Priority 3: Before you go to sleep this evening, set yourself up for tomorrow’s action. For example, if your goal is to walk 3 times this week and today was only walk #2, set your walking clothes, shoes, socks, earbuds etc in an accessible place and figure out a realistic time to go tomorrow. If you are working towards paying off debt, get your budget done today and setup your first payment toward that debt. Set up a bucket to collect excess change. At the end of the month, see how much you have to go toward that debt. Even if you only collect 3-4 dollars in change, after 12 months you would be $48 closer to paying off that debt. Set yourself up for success!

Its day 1. Start strong and build momentum. The days of inertia are going to come, but if you’re momentum is strong, they won’t stop you from getting close to your goals.

What small step are you going to take today toward your goal? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

 

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15 thoughts on “3 Priorities for Day 1 of your new year

  1. So good! “Temple maintenance” in terms of exercise is SOOO hard for me. So my dog and I are revisiting our personal Olympic sport of “dog-jogging”. I wonder if you might set up an “accountability” site somehow? Sharing our goals, encouraging each other, sharing specific tips. Just a thought, not sure how you could do it.

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    1. I’m not sure. I’m no web genius, but I like the idea. I was wanting to set up some sort of monthly/weekly reminder to keep on with prayer, bible study, scripture memorization etc, but I wasn’t sure how best to approach it. A lot of people do forums for that purpose, but I’d have to research the set-up. I will mull it over. 😊

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  2. Yes, thank you for the shout out, too! Reblogging this on my personal blog, LifetimeofForgiveness.wordpress.com.
    I just wrote a blog about this being my 12 year of daily Bible reading. Accountability partners are great.
    I use social media to keep me honest with the Lord! I use YouVersion for my reading plan. Each day I finish my reading, it’s posted on my Twitter account and on my personal FaceBook account. And I seek out other like-minded bloggers to read their encouraging posts! I can’t get enough of God’s Word and the encouragement of His people!

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