Whether you have been following along the journal prompts for the past year, a few months, or even are just now starting, the goal is to help you look inside yourself. Sometimes we have the strength we don’t realize is there.
Journaling helps to bring that hidden strength to the surface.
This week, take a moment to recall a person, story or incident from your childhood that brings you comfort. What about the story is important? Why is it memorable? What about it is comforting?
Last week on New Year’s Eve I remembered back to that night in 1999. I was the computer department for a medium-sized doctor organization with multiple locations. I stayed up all night checking the servers and ready to run to the offices on a moment’s notice if the world were to come to an end when all the computers changed from 1999 to 2000.
Nothing happened, I didn’t have to run out into the night and I slept in the next day.
It is hard to believe that it was 20 years ago. So much has happened in my life in these 20 years.
Each year I set goals for myself. Some I followed through on; others I tossed aside.
Thinking back on this caused me to address this in a journal prompt.
Statistics show that only about 8% of the New Year Resolutions made are completed. Why? There is no commitment, no buy-in.
I want to encourage you this week to carefully consider:
What are your top goals for 2020?
Why is each one important to you?
What will accomplishing these goals give you?
Take some time this week to establish a goal. Make it a smart goal.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based.
If you would like to talk about these goals one-on-one, send me a message.
Imagine it is now 2021 and you are discussing your accomplishments of the previous year. What will you be celebrating?
I started doing this several years ago. In 2018 my word was ‘unstoppable’. It reminded me to keep moving toward my
dreams, and that the only one to stop me from pursuing it would be me.
For 2019 a short phrase was my focus “stay the course”. I was reminded to keep moving forward on the
course God has set me on (Psalm 119:1).
I do not yet know what is at the end of the path, but I know He is with
When I look at the year 2020, so many references to vision
come to mind. I argued with myself on
the word ‘vision’ because I figure everyone will be using it.
Then I read Romans 12:3 “Be honest in your evaluation of
yourself…” Wow. I have been posting and
teaching on stopping the lies of negative self-talk and replacing them with
truth. God’s truth.
I am discouraged today, feeling down, telling myself so many
lies. Writing this post reminds me I am doing exactly what I teach against.
The word “REFLECTION” came to mind. I found a picture I use in some of my illustrations of a woman smiling at herself in the mirror. I added the word REFLECTION at the top and wrote out Romans 12:3.
This is my word for 2020.
REFLECTION. This year I am
reminded to be honest in my evaluation of myself. I will reflect on who God
says I am.
It is with this word I will conducting additional “Defeating
the Lies of Negative Self-Talk” courses in-person and online. It is with this word I will begin leading
some “Boundaries” courses using material from Doctors Cloud and Townsend. It is with this word I will be unstoppable,
as I stay the course, and reflect honestly on God’s view of me.
I love how I can look back and see the progress God has made
in me by reviewing past words. Each one
leads to the next step of my spiritual growth in Him.
What is your word for 2020? Where will it lead you? How can
I help you?
I cannot believe it is the middle of December. Today we are experiencing a winter storm here in the Midwest. It truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
As I have been speaking with different people over the past few weeks about the Christmas season.
It made me consider this week’s journal prompt.
What does Christmas mean to me? I have conflicting emotions right now as several close family and friends are going through difficult times. The joy that the season celebrates is not there for them. Today, Christmas means something different for them.
Thus the journal prompt “What does Christmas mean to me?”
This week I will celebrate my achievements of 2019.
Look back over the year. In the midst of the obstacles, you will find stepping stones. Among the trials, you will find successes.
Even if you took 3 steps forward and 2 steps back, you are still one step ahead.
CELEBRATE! What successes, no matter how small, will you celebrate today?
One success for me is this journal prompts. Fifty weeks in a row! I am working on being consistent. Sometimes I had to be a few days late, but I continued. A small success, yet a success. I will celebrate. I will congratulate myself.
As the year quickly draws to a close, and you plan ahead for the next ‘New Year Resolution’, take a few moments to look back over this past year.
You have certainly faced many challenges. What did you learn from them? How have you grown?
So often we (it isn’t just me I hope) look at conflict and challenges as penalties and punishment. Sometimes they can easily be described as ‘growing pains’. I know for myself when the challenge is complete, I always learn something from it. I may come away with a few emotional bruises and hurt pride as well as strengthened resolve or knowledge for another time.
How about you? What challenges have you faced this year? What did you learn about yourself in the process?
The year is coming to an end. At the beginning of the year there was so much excitement, so much time, so much to do.
How have you kept up throughout the year? I imagine you, like me, had several hiccups and interruptions along the way. After each I then had a choice, return to goal, or leave it behind and go on to another project.
Now, as the year-end is drawing near I am looking back at the goals I set for myself. Though not always where I want to be, I find I am still on track. Now I must decide, do I focus on its completion – or at the very least continue to move forward toward it? Some days it may not feel like it but if I look closer I can see that there are choices along the way.
Looking back, what did you promise yourself you would do? How close are you? What would it take to complete it?
I will process this with my own life coach to get clarity for myself. How or with whom will you process your list? Contact me if I can help.