I’ve been a member at a local gym for a couple of years now. It would be generous to say I’m approaching any definition of ‘athletic’ in any capacity, but I do enjoy getting in to work out a couple of times a week. And, like so many other gym ‘regulars’ (again, being generous!), I always navigate January with a mix of chuckles and dread. Chuckles because there is a sea of new faces all hyped-up on their New Years’ resolutions swarming into the gym. And dread because those resolutions now mean it’s pretty tough to find a free treadmill or those 20-lb weights I’ve gotten so comfortable using lately. But while January has seen many “good intentions” coming into the gym, it is inevitable that many – if not most – of these will soon drift off. In fact, the process has already begun. It’s what happens with too many of these laudable goals.
Unless you have a plan.
I used to be one of those January guys all the regulars chuckled at. My good intentions would fizzle. And then one year I decided to set up a plan: systems to measure my progress, establish accountability, setting realistic expectations, shifting small things rather than huge ones. These plans haven’t always been perfect, but they have made a difference.
How do you plan to engage with Beacon this year to shape communities where all people have a home? What’s your roadmap to make sure you can look back in December 2018 and say “I’ve grown and made a difference”? If you’re looking for a good place to start, commit to attending our February Congregation Convening. Start your plan off right by being part of this important connection opportunity. You’ll hear multiple ways you can engage throughout the year, too, which will help you fill in other mile-markers, such as attending trainings, joining in conversations at a local level, getting involved with our policy work, or deciding to host a tour at one of our buildings.
Every successful endeavor needs a thoughtful plan, and every plan needs a first step. We hope to see you at the Convening so your resolutions can become sustained action!