“The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” -Mark Twain

*We are learning what it means to be INTENTIONAL and to ENGAGE….it will look different to each of us and we will all apply it differently.. it is personal and UNIQUE

*When you choose HARD over EASY you choose self confidence and self respect

*We are not responsible for what breaks us…but, we are responsible for what puts us back together

*We cannot sit passively by



*With growth there will be growing pains

*When thinking ahead to 2017 and your goals….

……Do you REALLY want results??

*”Do I live in the land of good intentions or do I live in the land of intentional living?” -John Maxwell

*Which list of words describes you:

A) desire, “I wish”, someday, hopefully, occasional, “someone should..”

B) action, purpose, today, strategy, today, active, “I will”, success

*To help determine your purpose—answer these questions:

1) How can I add value to others?

2) What do I cry about?

3) What do I sing about?

4) What do I dream about?

*We all want to life a life of significance

*”To be significant, all you have to do is make a difference with others wherever you are, with whatever you have, day by day” – John Maxwell (author of Intentional Living) https://www.amazon.com/Intentional-Living-Choosing-Life-Matters/dp/1455548170

*no one just stumbles on a life of significance

*2016 Year In Review:

1) In what ways was I intentional with my life?

2) In what ways am I better today than i was at the beginning of the year?

3) In what ways did I live passively: In my marriage? In my finances? In my health? In my faith? As a mom? As an employee? As a friend?

*2017 Looking ahead:

1) What am I meant to be doing?

2) What’s holding me back?

3) What goals do I need to establish to get where I need/want to be?

*It can be easier to go from failure to success than from excuses to success…..

*Steven Spielberg, Oprah, Walt Disney and Dr. Seuss were are turned down and failed before they succeeded

*Pick a word you want to focus on for the year….for 2017 Elizabeth has chosen PRUDENCE (wise in practical affairs, as by providing for the future)

….to give thought to her ways and plan for it….it doesn’t just happen

*Take stock of your own life…celebrate your victories and look for areas for improvement and growth…it has to be ON PURPOSE

*Life is a journey…we don’t’ want to get to a place where we stop progressing

*There is a video called “Everyone dies, but not everyone lives”… EVERYBODY DIES, BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES

*It isn’t death that most people are afraid of. It is getting to the end of life only to realize, that you never truly lived”

*If you “kinda” want something you will “kinda” get the results you want

*If you don’t use your gift you are selling yourself short….you are selling the world short

*Know the difference between baggage and luggage….get rid of baggage that holds us back and weighs us down… Luggage frees us up and

helps us prepare

*We can’t go back and make a brand new beginning-but, we can start now and make a brand new ending

*Linda Dillow (Author of “What’s it like to be Married to Me?) What’s It Like to Be Married to Me?: And Other Dangerous Questions explains the difference between a GOAL and a DESIRE…

a GOAL is something I want that I can also control

a DESIRE is something I want that I cannot control

a GOAL is something we can be unconditionally responsible for–and it can be achieved if we are willing to work at it

a DESIRE is something wanted that cannot be obtained without the cooperation of another person

*This isn’t about creating a PERFECT life….it is about making a BETTER life

*In your goals for 2017 include words like…..Discipline, “I will”, success and plan