Values and Motivation

January 2, 2012

in the generous life

This is the time of year when we think of making changes. 

1) I would like to encourage y’all to be balanced and reasonable about any New Year resolutions. A few small doable choices will get you where you want to be if you stick with them and it’s easier to get back on track if you forget for a few days.

2) Another concept that I would like to share is the importance of knowing your own values.  If you make a goal based on what you “should” do (what you think you should do, what others are telling you to do, etc.), it’s going to be hard to stick with it.  However, if there is something that is important to you, any goals that spring from that will be easier to complete.  You have the motivation to follow though.

I’ll give you an example.  Last year, I really needed to work on my home office (it wasn’t bad, but I needed to update info and make sure everything was in order).  I played at it and got some of it done, but really I wasn’t that motivated.  (I’d rather be writing or crocheting or hanging out with friends.)  Then, a friend of mine lost her husband and son in a plane crash.  She had a significant struggle with finding papers and settling the estate because of it.  Let’s just say I was strongly motivated to get household papers in order.  I saw the importance of being responsible when it comes to paperwork because it could cost you or your loved one considerable difficulty.  I didn’t want to have similar problems or leave my husband to face a mess.

So, about examining your values.  Take some time (perhaps with your sweetie too?) and think about what is really important.  Do you want to have a comfortable, hospitable home?  Is speaking the truth and building trust deeply important to you?  Do you hunger for travel or desire to help pregnant teens?  What is tugging at your heart?

OK, now consider some goals.  Don’t waste your time on things that don’t really matter to you.  Shape the life that speaks of your values.  And remember, small consistent steps over time will take you far.


Don’t forget to add your January anniversary info and/or pray for these marriages. ~ God is Listening


Nice. The Ultimate Question to Shape the New Year (from Peace & Projects)


Be generous! Lori <><

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