Happy New Year

January 2014

Its officially a new year and I can hardly believe how quickly 2013 flew by!  Each year, a group of friends and I have a party where we pull out our resolutions from the past year, score ourselves on how we fared, and then create goals for the next year together.  I was not surprised when, for the fourth year in a row, I had accomplished only half of my vague resolutions (do more yoga, read more classics, eat more veggies…).

But is seems I am not the only one...research says that about 88% of Americans fail to keep their new years resolutions.  This got me thinking- what can I do differently this year to set myself up for success instead of failure?  How can I create a balance and rhythm in my life that lends itself to positive change and growth?  As I was formulating my goals for the new year, I kept coming back to one of my favorite quotes;

“Grow with discipline. Balance intuition with rigor. Innovate around the core. Don’t embrace the status quo. Find new ways to see. Never expect a silver bullet. Get your hands dirty. Listen with empathy and over-communicate with transparency. Tell your story, refusing to let others define you. Use authentic experiences to inspire. Stick to your values, they are your foundation. Hold people accountable, but give them the tools to succeed. Make the tough choices; it’s how you execute that counts. Be decisive in times of crisis. Be nimble. Find truth in trials and lessons in mistakes. Be responsible for what you see, hear, and do. Believe.” – Howard Schultz

I love the honesty in this quote from Howard Schultz.  It takes hark work over a long period of time to create greatness and the most important thing we must maintain throughout the times of difficulty is belief.

I think we find so many examples of this in scripture as well.  Even Jesus woke before dawn to pray and create space for spiritual discipline and development.  So, this year, as I create and tweak my annual goals, I will keep these points in mind:

  •  Baby Steps: great things don’t happen overnight, and I must be disciplined and consistent in small things
  •  Rhythm: balance and rhythm in life are so important.  I can be sure to keep up with my baby steps and accomplish my goals.
  • Grace: I have to give myself and others grace – even if I don’t accomplish everything I set out to do this year, I can learn from every experience, but its hard to learn without some grace!
  • Belief: I must always remember the reason behind all of my goals- brining honor to the Lord

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

From the whole CARE for AIDS family to you- Happy New Year!  We wish you so many blessings!