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    New Years Resolutions: Keeping Them Year-Round!

    It’s interesting how fast time goes by, especially when you reflect on the past year. I enjoy seeing what I have accomplished and what memories I have made, but I also look forward to setting new goals for the year to come.

    As 2012 approaches, what kind of goals will you set? Are they going to be regarding school, such as getting good grades? What about spending more time with your family? Do you want to go on a specific trip?

    Or maybe you’ll make more spiritual goals, such as reading your Bible more.

    When you make one set of goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year, it’s easy to keep track of those you kept or achieved, but you might be set up to fail. Who’s to say your goals are going to be the same in June as they are in January? Who’s to say your resolutions made in the heat of the moment in December are going to matter the following October?

    Here’s my suggestion: Instead of making goals once a year, I’d like to encourage you to create new resolutions or goals regularly. You can even start fresh every day! If you need to remind yourself, you can set aside a list of goals and look at them frequently to help you stay focused. Check them weekly and see your progress. You can do it!!!

    Tips on how to achieve your goals:

    1. Make a to-do or “goal” list. This helps to narrow down what you really need to focus on and what is important to you

    “Our only goal is to please God whether we live here or there.” -2 Corinthians 5:9

    2. Stay positive! If you get behind or don’t do what you set out to do, keep a smile on your face and realize we are blessed with another chance! Being positive helps you to not burn yourself out or put too much pressure on yourself.

    “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” -Galatians 6:9

    3. Be disciplined. Realize that in order to achieve the goals you have set, it WILL take some sacrifice and some focus. Think of an athlete who prepares, mind and body, before a race. They need to stay fit, sleep right, eat right and train.

    “Control yourselves and be careful! The devil your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat.” -1 Peter 5:8

    4. Pray. Ask God for help. Most important, ask God for His help and for His strength. He will guide you and if your goals are in alignment with His will, it will come to pass.

    “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”-Psalm 25:9

    5. Make a vision board! Cut out some inspiring pictures of what you want to do, where you’d like to travel, some words that represent your goals and make a collage. It is so fun and a great way to remind yourself to stay focused. I have done this before with friends–it is fun to have a “vision board party.”  Then post your vision board on your wall or where you can see it!

    “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” -Proverbs 29:18

    6. Ask a friend to help be your accountability partner when it comes to keeping your goals! A great friend will encourage you and help you in your weak areas as well as uplift you when you need a boost. A prayer partner is very helpful too!

    As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpen another.” -Proverbs 27:17

    What are your goals and resolutions for the year PI girls?? What do you think will help you in your walk with God?

    “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure He will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.” -Phillipians 1:6

    **HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012**

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    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

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