FTSOA Work and Self-Reliance Segment Opening Thought

The thing that stuck out to me most in this segment is the concept of setting goals. So, I am going to try something different this segment. Instead of me giving you a commitment every day, I will give you a topic, you will make a goal relating to that topic, and you will then commit to that goal. For example, one of the days will say something along the lines of “Set a goal relating to not being idle.” You will then think of a goal and commit to it like you normally would a commitment.

There are two things I’d like to mention that will help this go better. First, for the last few weeks I’ve been doing something similar to this. Every Sunday I write a list of 5 goals which I want to accomplish on an index card, which I then would put in my pocket throughout the week. I highly suggest doing something similar for this segment’s goals. Specifically, as you commit to a goal each day, write it down on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket or some other place that you are guaranteed to touch it at least once a day. I say touch it because half the time the only time I read my index card is when I take it out of my pocket to go to sleep at night, which wouldn’t happen if it was just on my wall.

The second thing I’d like to mention is that there are a couple things that make goals more useful. You may have heard of “SMART” goals (if you haven’t you can look it up. The Wikipedia article is a fairly good resource on it), and though the specific things that the acronym stands for vary I’m going to focus on what I’ve heard the S, the M, and the A stand for: Specific, Measurable, and Attainable. These are three characteristics of a “smart” goal. When making your goals, make sure that they are something specific as opposed to vague, that progress towards the goal is measurable, and that it is possible to attain the goal. For example, the goal of “Get better at feeling the spirit by studying Preach My Gospel chapter 4 at least 15 minutes a day,” is specific (“get better at feeling the spirit”), measurable (“studying 15 minutes a day”), and attainable (“get better” is definitely possible, and it is also possible to read at least 15 minutes a day). Measurable can also mean the outcome is measured (be able to lift 5 more pounds) as opposed to the income (exercise 30 minutes a day).

Goals can also be repeated each week as needed. For example, I’ve been working on the example goal for the last two weeks and will likely continue it this week. Other goals, however, can be dropped after a week of working on them, meanwhile others just need to be changed slightly to account for new developments. There is no specific mold that fits every goal.

If you have strong feelings regarding the effectiveness of this experiment, and specifically if you think it’s a bad idea, comment on one of the posts or email admin@ftsoa.com and I will definitely consider your opinion.

~ George

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