It is that time of the season to reflect on the dying year and ponder the one yet to come. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions such as loose weight, do better in school, or build a better relationship with this family member. This is also a great time to make a Personal Progress New Year’s Resolution. Reflect over your experience with Personal Progress last year. Then think ahead and decide what you want to do this year. Here is a work sheet with some questions to help you.
Here are some ideas for goals you can make in Personal Progress. (It does not have to be finish 10 value experiences and 2 projects. )
Make It More Personal
The Lord is a personal God and works through each person individually. This is something we need to remember as we journey through life. No two people have the same life experiences just as no two girls complete Personal Progress in the same way. The Lord created you with a different personality than everyone else. This is a gift He gave you and wants you to use. How have you used this gift in your Personal Progress? Try this idea not year. After you finish each goal write down how you feel Heavenly Father knows you personally. Write down what you learned about yourself and how you thought you grew. For more ideas click here.
Make it More Progressive
There is much for to the program than crossing off goals. The purpose is to bring you closer to Christ and to prepare you to make and keep temple covenants. Maybe this year instead of crossing off as many goals as you can, you can try to make them more meaningful. At the beginning of each value experience or value project ask yourself, “How does this goal bring me closer to Christ and how does it prepare me to make and keep temple covenants?” Then when you finish the goal think of how your testimony was strengthened. Do you feel more like Christ? Do you feel more prepared to enter the temple? Do you feel a stronger desire to keep follow Christ? For more ideas click here.
Go the Second Mile
How can you go the extra mile when completing Faith #3? How can you go the extra mile when completing Integrity #5? Can you find more scriptures which have to do with the Atonement for Faith #5? What newer General Conference talks relate to Choice and Accountability #7? Try this. Before you start an experience, read what is required and write down three of four questions about the goal topic. Then as you complete your goal answer those questions. Example: Faith #5 talks about the Atonement. Ask what is the Atonement? What does the Atonement do? What does the Sacrament have to do with the Atonement?
Relate Projects and Experiences to Yearly Youth Theme
The Youth Theme for 2015, “O Ye That Embark in the Service of God,” is found in D&C 4:2. The scripture says to serve God with all “your heart, might, mind, and strength.” Write down how you can complete each Personal Progress goal with all your “heart, might, mind, and strength.” Write down how Personal Progress helps you serve God more.
Mentor Someone Else
Which value experiences have you completed? What experiences do you have from them which you can share with others? Where there some things you wish you had known before starting a certain goal? Do you have a younger sister or know a friend who needs help with Personal Progress? Find someone and share what you learned with them. Help them as they complete a value experience or project. You don’t need to be an expert or have completed the whole thing. Share your experiences with her and encourage her as she completes her goals.
Make a Goal for Each Value
One way to reach a large goal is to make many mini goals and use them as stepping stones. Your goal may be to complete the entire Personal Progress program but you can’t do that without finishing Integrity or Knowledge first. Which value do you struggle with the most? Why do you think that is? How do you hope to overcome this?
On a piece of paper, write down the name of each value. Next to the name write which value experiences or project you want to complete in each (remember the more specific the goal the easier it is to obtain.) If there is a value you are almost done with, make it a goal to finish it by the end of the year. Next to each value goal write down a date you want to finish it by. Hang the piece of paper somewhere you will see it every day or put the information in your phone and then stick to your schedule.
Complete a Whole Value
Complete the Whole Thing
Do It All Over Again
Complete Your Honor Bee
Use Other New Years Resolution as Personal Progress Experiences or Projects