Finish Well…Start Well…Set Goals

What happened to December?

Too much rich food, too much money spent, too little sleep or too much sleep, too much family tension or too little family…

Too little discipline.

The end-of-the-year can be a time when we lose focus on our goals and our routines are often turned upside down. It takes perseverance and discipline to finish the year well.

For me, the winter solstice’s promise of cold weather sends me toward a desire to hibernate and cuddle up in one more sweater.

Oh, but I want to finish well.

Maybe for you it is an ever looming few extra pounds or a few extra dollars that you didn’t mean to spend, or some snippy words toward a loved one that dimmed your focus. It’s all too easy to review our year and see our shortcomings. What a helpful exercise it is to review successes and regroup – and when its all said and done, finishing well may be a lot about starting well.

Before the bells ring and the fireworks burst brightly in the crisp midnight sky of 2013, let’s take time to contemplate our year gone by and reset ourselves for the blessed opportunity to grow and serve in the gift of another year.

Let’s be thankful and consider the Almighty’s accomplishments in our lives in 2012 – refreshing and renewing our commitment in whatever way we are called today and in our upcoming year.


Practically, I’m reviewing my list to remind myself of my passions and goals for 2013 and my husband and I will join together in mutual documented goals. Some may not be much different than 2012, but nevertheless important. Here are a couple posts Brent and I put together last year around this time – A New Years Resolution that WILL Change Your Life and A New Year – Honing Some Habits.

What are you doing to prepare for 2013?