Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Why I Make Monthly Goals

Several years ago on a Fast Sunday, my bishop got up to the pulpit and said something like this: "How has your testimony grown since last Fast Sunday?" He invited each of us to consider what the Lord had taught us in the last 30 days. I recognized then that every month you should feel closer to God. It really stuck with me. I'd always thought about growth as kind of a gradual thing. But it is true-- every month is a guidepost on your way back to your Heavenly Father. A month is made up of 30 days, and each day is where you make the choices that will bring you closer to or farther away from light. What have you done with your 30 days?

I've also been inspired by missionaries. I've actually never been on a mission myself, but I know a lot about them-- my dad was a mission president and I lived in the mission home as a young girl, and 9 of my 10 siblings served one. I was preparing for one myself when I met Ben. One thing I know about missionaries is that they are always making goals, tracking progress, and trying to reach for something bigger. Missionaries' whole purpose is to serve the Lord and bring others to Christ, and they are using goals to do it. In a similar but smaller scale, I want to serve the Lord and bring others to Christ in my life. Making goals, I believe, is a way the Lord can help us do His work.

When I started making goals a few months ago, I remembered again something President Monson once said, "When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates" (see Thomas SMonson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1970, 107).

I am not perfect at my goals, and sometimes I shoot for the stars and I fall very far below. But I make goals about things that are really meaningful to me-- relationships, my spiritual health, improving my well-being. Having my goals written down on paper and having a chance to track them motivates me to change.  

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