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Before You Set Goals for the New Year

I am a big fan of evaluating myself, my family, my marriage, and the ministry God has called me to at the end of the year and setting a trajectory (goals) toward intentionally improving myself through the upcoming year. I have learned (am learning!) that I don’t just wake up and ‘become’ the man I want to be. It takes intentional plans and effort. For me it does, anyway.

I hope you do the same in a way that fits you and your personality style.

Before you do, however, I want to encourage you to consider a couple of things.


I came across this article last week and it really ‘got’ me, if you will. The title is “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.” It was posted by a nurse who cared for men and women during their final 12 weeks of life. This nurse often asked her patients if they had any regrets or what they would do differently if they had it to do over again. Five were mentioned more than any others:

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. 

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. 

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

Click here to read the entire article. Each regret has further explanation and insight. Very powerful.

Before you set goals this year, I encourage you to evaluate if any of these might be true of you right now. What can you intentionally do, right now, this week, this year to ensure you don’t say any of these during your final days?

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