Here’s what I am thinking about for the coming year, in no particular order:
1. Read the entire Bible
I read Scripture every day and I have read every book of the Bible, but I have never read the Bible from cover to cover. My goal this time is actually not to read it cover to cover, but chronologically.
2. Invest in my daily quiet/prayer time
My commitment is to pray everyday, but sad to say I do not have a time or a place to do it, it’s different everyday. And that is not a good plan, leading sometimes to rushed prayer or prayer only as an afterthought. I want to improve the commitment and quality of my prayer by establishing a regular time and place to do it everyday.
3. Work on my workouts
This past year I have been fairly consistent with a commitment to twice weekly workouts with a trainer, and I have seen good results. But I still feel like I am dabbling in it, that I could definitely do more. So this week I am committing to 3 times weekly, even when I am traveling. After the first month I am doing 4 days a week and then 5.
4. Improve my diet
This is actually something I have never done before. I have always been able to eat whatever I want and never gain weight, so, as a result I have never really thought a lot about what I eat. My goals here are several: improve my overall diet with better choices; cut back on coffee (not out, just back), and give up bread (don’t know why, but I think I can, and I think I will feel good about it if I do, also giving up bread will ensure that I largely give up butter).
5. Develop and maintain a daily schedule
Here too, my productivity suffers because of the lack of a clear, consistent plan for the day, each day. At one time I was quite good at doing this for myself and I know I can be again.
Admittedly this is a pretty prosaic list, but that’s OK, I am not trying to be original or clever, just straightforward about some things that I believe I absolutely must do this year. And I am telling you as a way of making myself accountable. I promise to report back whatever the results.