I am tired of feeling overwhelmed. Years of goal-setting and driving hard to achieve those goals left me feeling frazzled, stretched, and out of focus. When presented with an opportunity to read Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregorie’s new book, Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity, I knew I needed whatever they had to say to me.
The book did not disappoint. Kathi and Cheri walk readers through the whys and hows of feeling overwhelmed. They also outline some practical strategies for dealing with and avoiding that overwhelmed state of being. One of their suggestions is to develop a personal manifesto to guide your decisions.
The purpose of your personal manifesto isn’t to limit you; it’s to help you focus your time, energy and even money on the areas important to you. (Kathi Lipp)
As I think about what I want 2017 to look like, I gravitate more toward heart change than behavior modification. The desires of my heart cannot be measured by goals or accomplished through a series of checklists. My heart needs to change more than my habits need adjusting. I need a personal manifesto.My heart needs to change more than my habits need adjusting.Click To Tweet
Instead of setting New Year’s goals, I wrote a personal manifesto. This will serve as guiding principles for me in the coming year.
My Personal Manifesto
I am present instead of busy.
In 2017, this will look like less time on my phone and more time face-to-face. It will look like a closed laptop when my kids are around. It will be listening ears and eye contact instead of multi-tasking when my husband speaks. I will choose what is most important (Luke 10:41-42).
I choose relationships over rules, heart change over behavior modification, and forgiveness over bitterness.
This part of my manifesto will guide my parenting and influence my marriage. My natural tendencies include control, pride, and bitterness. I don’t want to operate from that place anymore. Love wins, grace reigns, and hope blooms.
I am a woman of the Word—reading it daily, hiding it in my heart and mind.
I will continue my morning time in the Bible. I will also participate in Beth Moore’s Siesta Scripture Memory Team, memorizing two verses a month (join us here).
I pray first, plan second, and move according to the Spirit’s guiding.
I serve others.
Signing up for ministry opportunities at church is easy. It is tangible service. But serving my family, my friends, and the strangers I meet is not as easy. I want my heart to beat love through service.
One way I serve others is through writing. I have an idea of where I want to place my focus in the coming months, but I am leaving that unwritten—because I pray first, plan second, and then act. The praying part isn’t finished yet.
I am an intentional parent, raising Kingdom kids.
I’ve grown lax in my kids’ spiritual training. I have an almost-teenager that needs my time to develop a biblical worldview. I have a perfectionist child in need of life-giving examples of grace. I have an articulate boy primed and ready for biblical literacy and scripture memory. This is my life’s work. It is the most important thing I do.
I am a loyal, faithful friend.
I am blessed with incredible friends, both in real life and abroad. I want to be a faithful prayer warrior on their behalf. I want to be present enough to recognize hurt and need. I want to celebrate them and cheer them on as they do big things.
I take care of myself.
Over the last two years, I learned I am less than if I do not take the time to take care of me. This includes getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising, and making time for life-giving activities like reading and creating.
I am intentional with my time.
Wasting time comes easy, doesn’t it? I know I don’t have time for mindless scrolling on social media. I know I do best when I plan my day the night before. In order to live by my personal manifesto, I must use my time wisely so I am available to be the woman God created me to be.
This is my personal manifesto. Living by this manifesto is my one goal for the new year. The books I read, the way I spend my time, the choices I make will be directed by this list.
Are you ready to replace overwhelmed with peace? Feeling lost with finding focus? Surviving with thriving? Grab a copy of Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity. Let’s set our eyes toward 2017 with hope and joyful expectation! (Order before December 31 and get awesome pre-order goodies including FREE BOOKS!)Let's set our eyes toward 2017 with hope and joyful expectation! #FridayFive #linkup #goalsClick To Tweet
It’s going to be a great year!
#FridayFive Link Up
For our final #FridayFive link up of the year, share your goal posts with us. How do you decide what goals you set? How do you plan to meet your goals? What is your “one word” for 2017? (You may have noticed I didn’t stick to five points today; always feel free to ignore the “five” in #FridayFive!) I look forward to reading about your awesome plans!
The next #FridayFive link up will go live January 13. Grab your favorite warm beverage and tell us about your winter. What do you love about winter? Have you experienced a winter in your soul? How do you fight the winter blues?
Listen in as Kathi and Cheri discuss personal manifestos on Kathi’s Clutter Free Academy podcast.
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