Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Year, Fresh Beginings, and Resolutions by Diana Flegal

January first is just a day on the calendar, but it offers us a chance to examine where we are and project our goals to where we want to be, spiritually, mentally, and career wise.

I like fresh starts, a change to begin anew and to make a new list of goals. My personality lends its way to lists. I get such a sense of accomplishment when I cross a task off; it gives me the incentive to tackle the next one. One of my clients, David Stearman, recently said in an FB post, "For my first job of the day, I try doing something I know will be successful; a sure thing. An early victory sets a nice tone for the coming day."

I do that with my lists. I write it according to difficulty, with the easiest one listed first.

A favorite movie of mine is, "What About Bob." I think many Christian counselors could use that movie as a tool in their sessions. The takeaway for me was: Get things done by taking baby steps.

Books are the source of much direction I receive from God. I read his word, yes. But maybe I have to have someone predigest it for me. When I read Max Lucado's, Cure for the Common Life I took notes, and took something away from it that I could apply to my life. I am better for it.

When I read Erwin McManus's Seizing Your Divine Moment, I was so excited to give myself permission to think outside the box. Love that about Erwin.

So when I enter a new year I gather books about me that I feel are going to make me a better person. Better at my job, better in my relationships, and mostly, a better daughter of God.

This January I am reading, Your 100 Day Prayer, Actively Waiting on God by John Snyder alongside of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I just finished the novel The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook. And for my continual quest to learn more about the writing process, I am just about done reading Cec Murphey's, Unleashing the Writer Within.

In my stack are two books with bookmarks in them that I will complete as I finish these others. Life Lessons by Elisabeth Kubler Ross & David Kessler (authors of Death & Dying) and When you Don't See His Plan by Nadine Hennesey with Rebecca Baker. Other stacks wait patiently for me beside my nightstand and on my bookcase.

I am curious what titles you are reading as you enter this new year. What books have bookmarks in them on your night stand? I pray your list of goals are realistic and that you have great success in fulfilling them.


Linda Glaz said...

Take care when reading Ross. It's easy to get caught up in self-analysis. Great info, though. Enjoy! When I read, I honestly read for entertainment, the rest of my life is reality enough.

Lara M. Van Hulzen said...

Lots of romances for research. ;-) I am trying to read 50 books this year. I can already see how setting that goal has caused me to watch less TV and also write more.

Sharon A. Lavy said...

I really, really, really want to read more in 2012. It should be a high priority for any writer.

Jeanette Levellie said...

I put the hardest task on the top of the list, and try to get it out of the way first, so I can have FUN. I am all about that little three-letter word!

Just finished Cec Murphey's cozy mystery, Everybody Loves Roger Harden, and plan to read UTWW by him later in the year. I'm also reading I Don't Have Time to Write, who's author escapes me at the moment. It's fine except for the New Age gobbledegook, which I spit out.

How do you have time to read, dear?

Jeanette Levellie said...

I mean whose, not who's. I can hear all you copy editors moaning.