Working on Personal Progress everyday does not mean you have to complete a value experience of project every day. It is doing the little things. It is praying, reading your scriptures, pondering, self-evaluating yourself, making goals to be a better person, sharing your testimony, ect.
The purpose of Personal Progress is to make sure you are doing these things every day. These are things which will bring you happiness and eternal life. They prepare you to make and keep covenants in the temple; they prepare you to become a wife and mother; they prepare you to serve as a leader in the church. They help you become a disciple and leader of Christ.
So when you hear your leaders or parents tell you that you need to make Personal Progress apart of your life, that is what they mean. They do not mean you have to look at your Personal Progress booklet every day. They are asking to develop the habits and principles it teaches. They are asking you to live a life which reflects the eight values: faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue.
I know many girls stress about finishing Personal Progress because it requires so much. It does and I think it should. The only way to become and achieve something wonderful is through hard work. To those girls, please don’t be stressed. If you are doing the basics (prayer, scripture study, being kind, ect) every day, then you have no reason to worry about finishing Personal Progress. Take what you are already doing and incorporate it into the Personal Progress program.
If you are not use to doing this, then it may take some time in the beginning; but once you get the hang of it, it will become second nature to you.
This year on my blog, I would like to focus on incorporating Personal Progress into your every day life. Each week I will post a little list of things you can do during the week which will help you finish different experiences.
They will be simple tasks: read these scriptures, pray, help plan family meals, be kinder to your siblings, ect.
This might sound a little too simple, but remember “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” Personal Progress is no different.
Personal Progress is an amazing and powerful tool to become a faithful daughter of God. It can change your life and those around you, but only if you let it. This will not happen if you leave Personal Progress until the last minute and race through it just before you leave Young Women. It will happen if you take your time with it and reflect on your progress periodically. It will happen if you pray to the Lord for help and understanding of the significance of what you are doing.
Personal Progress can change lives. If you work on it, it will work on you.