Have an opening prayer.
“I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the technique of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential.”
M. Russell Ballard, “Do Things That Make a Difference,” Ensign, June 1983, 69–70
“A temple marriage for time and all eternity is worthy of your greatest efforts and highest priority. It was only after Nephi had completed the temple in the wilderness that he stated, ‘And … we lived after the manner of happiness.’ The ‘manner of happiness’ is found in the temple. It is covenant keeping.”
Elaine S. Dalton, “Love Her Mother,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 77
To increase the likelihood of achieving your goals, make specific plans with clearly defined steps.
Read the example goals in the following chart. Notice how each goal has a specific plan, a timeline, and a person to report to.
Specific Steps to Achieve Goal
Who I Will Report To
I will study scriptures for 30 minutes each day.
I will evaluate my progress in one month.
I will share my progress chart with a mentor.
I will earn enough money to start school in six months.
I will visit each company in the next three days.
I will report to my mentor.
“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do—not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased.”
Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant (2002), 35
Choose an action partner for this week and take two minutes to share with each other the commitments that you feel impressed to work on. Decide how you will follow up with each other during the week.
Have a closing prayer.