"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment"
It's a new year and while most might cringe away from the idea of "resolutions", I love the idea of a new start. Sometimes a new year is just the motivation I need to make some changes in my life, and let's face it...we all have changes we can make. If there is a perfect person out there, I have yet to meet one.
I like to choose one word that encompasses much of what I want to focus on each year and this year it really came down to one thing...discipline! I am lacking in self-discipline in many areas, including (but not limited to) health, spirituality, money, and more. I have to learn to discipline myself in all of these areas and I have come up with specific goals to help me. I also want to learn how to discipline (or teach or guide) my children in a more Christlike way. It is important to me. I love this quote from Marion G. Romney, which really hit me hard and helped me realize how I want my household to be. It also shows me how to achieve that kind of home:
“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1980, 90; or Ensign, May 1980, 67).
Our family reads the Book of Mormon together, but do we do it prayerfully and regularly? No. That is going to change. Not only that, but I have already begun a more serious study of the Book of Mormon on my own. I am using a scripture journal from "The Redheaded Hostess" to write down my thoughts, questions, and insights, and to keep as a record for my children and for myself. In the short time I have started this study (less than a week), I have already felt a tangible difference in my own happiness and contentment.
I have set a goal to work out at the YMCA Monday through Friday, and to cut back almost entirely on sugar. I'm not cutting it out completely (I have got to be honest with myself) but I am cutting back..a lot. I'm stocking healthier snacks (i.e. fresh veggies and fruits) in the fridge and taking a small amount of time to make sure they are washed and sliced for easy access. I am also going to start tracking what I eat, and drinking more water. I hope I'll see some results soon.
As for money, my husband and I are working out a budget that works for all of us, with possibly changing to a cash system for our groceries and every day spending. Have you tried this? Does it work?
So, discipline is my word. Look out 2012..I'm going to take you by storm!
If you want a copy of this 4X6 print, feel free to click on it, then save it for yourself. I think it's a great reminder for everyone, regardless of whether it's your "word" for 2012. I'd love to hear what your resolutions are, or what your focus will be this year!