At the end of each year, I go through a process of revisiting my long-term goals and objectives within the context of my personal values. I first put these values together back in 1989:
I love God with all my heart, mind and strength
I seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. I show my love for the Lord by living his laws. IÂ pray often, expressing my appreciation and love for all that the Lord has given to me. I demonstrate myÂ love by the life I lead and by my untiring effort to serve Him in whatever capacity I am called.
I love my neighbour as myself
I recognize and accept the fact that all men and women are equal in the sight of God. I never do anythingÂ in any way to harm or destroy the self-worth of another human being. As far as I am able, I aid all peopleÂ in their needs.
I am an outstanding husband and father
I love my family and I build a close relationship with my wife and children by showing care, respect andÂ kindness. I take sufficient time to help each realize his or her maximum potential and self-fulfillment. I helpÂ my wife and children in their spiritual, intellectual, social, professional and financial needs.
I foster intellectual growth
I develop myself with a depth and breadth of reading and thought. I read regularly each day. I select myÂ reading from the best books and articles of the day. I develop my musical skills in guitar, bass, percussionÂ and my audio engineering skills.
I am honest in all things
I am honest with myself first recognizing that to be honest with other people requires that I first be honestÂ with myself. I listen to my conscience on all decisions.
I maintain a strong and healthy body
I eat, sleep and exercise in such a manner as to maintain a high level of energy.
I value my time
I manage my time to gain control of the events in my life. I manage what I do according to my values.
I am financially independent
I have developed an income that will be present whether I am capable of working or not. My family”™sÂ needs are taken care of in such a way that they will never be without food, shelter, transportation orÂ education.
I listen well
I listen carefully to all input, both positive and negative, weigh it and then respond with respect and love.
I have order in my life at all times
I maintain a sense of order in all aspects of my life. My physical surroundings are always clean, organizedÂ and structured so that they bring calm into my life.
The new year provides me an opportunity to think about what is truly important in life against my personal values. And it also affords me an opportunity to do a reality check on how well I am doing against these values. In other words: what should I be doing differently, or better, in the new year.
My goals are broken out into six broad categories:
- Family Goals
- Spiritual Goals
- Intellectual Goals
- Physical Goals
- Financial Goals
- Career Goals
When I initially thought about the new year in 2012, I looked at the easy goals. The ones that can be measured and achieved without too much effort. Savings and investments, exercise, reading lists, work. Those goals will come easily to me. The harder ones involve family and faith.
I love my family. And, being a Dad, I tend to think I am doing my job by providing for my family. By making time for my family. But lately I have come to realize that I am not doing enough to show my family how much I love them by caring for them. And by caring I mean being always patient, always understanding and always kind. Helping them to achieve their potential.