I woke up on January 1st with the first clear thought I’d had in a week. I, like many of my friends, contracted a cold after Christmas, and it settled in my chest. This left me “cotton headed” as my English friend Geoffrey used to say. But for a moment I was clear.
This thought hit me, It is not about goals or resolutions; it is about verbs. What I do every day is what makes the difference in my life and the lives of others. Goals, on the other hand, are “out there.” So I started writing the verbs I need to be thinking, praying, and doing.
My 2018 Verbs
– Love—Kathy, family, friends, and the people I meet.
– Pray—Be in daily conversation with my creator and sustainer, Jesus Christ.
– Read—For stimulation, ideas, and entertainment.
– Speak—Share the wisdom God gave me over the years through my experience and observations.
– Write—Share the wisdom and ideas God is giving me today. Hopefully, it will help my entrepreneurs and angels in their daily lives.
– Multiply—Invest in leaders. Meet with leaders one on one and give them every opportunity to lead. Meet prospective leaders in small groups. Keep it going.
– Exercise—As my now retired internist used to tell me when I was a runner, “Walk at a brisk pace for thirty minutes every day. That’s enough.” I don’t need to go crazy with this. Just move. I know…I need to eat right, too.
– Ride—Riding my motorcycle is pure pleasure. Rocking out on the sixties and seventies music while cruising along takes me into another world. It is a total change of perspective.
– Bless—Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” I want to be blessed so I will give daily. And I want the people around me to have the same opportunity for blessing. So I am going to ask them for their time, their treasure, and their talent.
– Witness—Share my story every day as a witness for Christ and as a way to establish new and deeper relationships. And ask others to do the same. Everybody has a story, and it is always a great story. This is a big part of the richness and meaning of life for me.
Finding Everyday Fulfillment
When I wrote these verbs, I had a sense of peace. I just knew they were right. Right for me. Right for this time in my life.
I am going to review this list a couple of times a day, once in the morning and once at night. Each of these verbs is a part of my operating system. But I want to be sure I am taking action on each of these every day. Then I’ll know I’m staying in balance and on purpose. This makes for a fulfilling day.
I must confess. I hope I can ride my motorcycle every day, but that’s a tough one to fit in. Hopefully, I’ll do better this year. Also, I might have the same issue with exercise. And sometimes the writing. I’d better stop here. Worrying was not on the list of verbs!