Goals to accomplish vs. commitments to virtue

Usually at the beginning of every year, I set goals. But this year, I decided I wasn’t going to set goals to accomplish but rather make commitments to strengthen my character and build my relationships.

Don’t misunderstand me, setting goals are important and have their place but I don’t want to neglect other areas in my life that need my attention and time. The most important things in life aren’t success or productivity but rather the quality of our relationships and the development of our character. This year, I want to focus on becoming a better, kinder, and more loving person – to love despite the hurt, to give without expecting anything in return, to forgive without the apology. I want to think the best of situations, not judge people by my interpretation, remain modest at all times, give kindness to those who don’t deserve it, and love where it’s not reciprocated. I want to use my time to make a lasting difference and strive to be selfless rather than selfish. Instead of pointing the finger at someone else, I’m going to work on myself, instead of blaming, I’m going to take responsibility for my actions.

This year, I’m going to make a conscious effort to live my days with gratitude, wonderment, contentment, peace and joy. I want to stop, breathe, listen, and take moments in. I want to disengage with my electronic gadgets and engage with people in person by being attentive and alert. Of course, I have goals I want to pursue but I believe they’ll naturally fall into place as I’m living out my best.

12 commitments for 2104:

  • Love despite being hurt.
  • Give without expecting.
  • Forgive without the apology.
  • Accept people or situations without judgment.
  • Think, believe, and speak the best.
  • Be humble and kind.
  • Be true to who you are.
  • Fearlessly share your feelings.
  • Take risks.
  • Work hard.
  • Discern what’s worth fighting for and what to let go.
  • Challenge yourself daily.

Welcome to a New Year and a better you!

©2014 Susie Lee

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