Keeping Goals

Well, it is now more than 2 months from the beginning of the year.  How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions?

I had two resolutions.  They were my every year standard resolutions.  You know the ones.  You make them every year just to break them.

For the past several years, I haven’t even bothered with these resolutions.  I figured why even try.  I knew that I wouldn’t keep them.  I knew that they were just going to be forgotten about by about mid January.

Well, this year I made the same two goals I make every year, again.  I resolved to study the scriptures every day for 30 minutes and to write in my journal everyday.

I learned very early on that I would never complete such a stringent goal unless I built in a repentance clause.  The repentance clause is that I can make up day if I miss (or more likely, intentionally skip) a goal.  That means that if I don’t read for 30 minutes on Friday, I can read for an hour on another day, and I am good with my goal.

So far, I am on target.  Yep, it’s the beginning of March, and I am at 100% of my goal accomplished.  Now, let’s not talk about how many make up days I have had.  If I were writing this a week ago, I would have been moaning about how I hate making goals.  I love my repentance clause.

Recently, I found out about Joe’s Goals, and I have been tracking my progress there.  So, Now, I can put this really cool graphic on my blog.

Travis's Personal Score Badge

I am not sure exactly what it means, but it does track my goals.  To keep track of the days that I skip, I have built in a negative goal that minus 1 point for every day that I don’t read.  Just a little reminder to myself, that it isn’t something I want to make regular.

I have added a couple more goals to my list, now that I have found Joe’s Goals.  I am going to blog here 2 times a week, and I am going to blog at TeleValues 3 times a week.  That is 5 days a week of blogging.  Hopefully, I can maintain that pace, but we will have to see.


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