Goals for the New Year

As I conclude this year I look back and am pleased with the progress I have made in certain areas of my life. Looking forward, however, I see more room for growth and change. I see areas of my life that need, and deserve, attention and improvement.

So what are these areas of improvement in my life this year?


#1.The first and most important thing that I will establish in my life this year came to me as I rose this morning. Upon it I shall found every other habit I seek to establish this year.

Upon awaking this morning these words played over and over again in my mind:

The most important thing you can do in your life is have the Spirit with you. The most important thing you can do for your relationships is to have the Spirit with you. The most important thing you can do as you teach is have the Spirit with you. The most important thing you can do as you write is have the spirit with you. The most important thing you can do in your work is have the spirit with you.”

How true it is. Having the Spirit present in my life truly is the MOST important thing in any endeavor of my life.


#2. Each evening I already read in the sacred texts of my faith (the Bible and the Book of Mormon). This year I will deepen the moments spent each night in my sacred texts and study more than I do simply read.


#3. I journal off and on depending on what is going on in my life on a daily basis, journaling substantially more when the experiences of my life have caused me to reflect deeply. This year I will conclude the study of my sacred texts each night with time spent on my knees praying and journaling.


#4. With the advent of a new relationship in my life this past year we have collectively sought to create good spiritually uplifting habits as a couple. One such habit is to read from the Book of Mormon and kneel in prayer together each night. This year we will continue this habit and read and pray together each night that our relationship may be strengthened regularly.

At the end of March we will be getting married in the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Utah. Continuing this habit will help to prepare us for our union there, and for continued spiritual growth as a couple from that point forward.

If you are curious why we, as Mormons, build and get married in the temples of our faith please watch this video below or click here:


#5. This year I will write each day. I currently write off an on and though I know, and feel, I should be writing every day I do not. This year, whether journaling, writing an article for this blog, of for Forward Walking, or working one of my many book ideas I will write for a total of 1 hour each day.


#6. And finally, after so many goals that have to do with my spirituality (studying sacred texts, praying, journaling, etc…) and one that has to do with what I truly want to do in life (write) it is time that I focus upon my physical health as well.

Last year I began working out regularly and have greatly enjoyed the benefits of doing so. Since moving to Grand Junction I have upset my schedule and the way I was used to working out. This new year I have recommitted to reestablishing that habit again. I will workout 6 days a week and follow the workout schedule I have created in order to keep my body, and mind, in optimal condition for the spiritual growth I expect, and plan, to undergo this year.


So, what are your goals? What things are most important in your life? Are you willing to create the goals necessary to bring you the life you long to live?

God bless you this new year, and may you always live worthy of the companionship of His Spirit…

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