desperately we have to have faith in ourselves!” (“Do Things That Make a Difference,” 71, 72).Ponder: What does it mean to have faith in yourself? What does it have to do with using your time wisely?Elder M. Russell Ballard5 Realizing My Goals
18Be Diligent and PatientRead: President Uchtdorf gave the following counsel:“I learned that patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen—patience required actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn’t appear instantly or without effort.“There is an important concept here: patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!” (“Continue in Patience,” Ensign or Liahona,May 2010, 57).Ponder: Do you have key goals that you know will take a significant amount of time to accomplish? What are some things you can do to stay motivated?Make Specific PlansRead: 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, timeline, and a person to report to.Act: GOALSPECIFIC STEPS TO ACHIEVE GOALTIMELINEWHO I WILL REPORT TOStudy scrip-tures for 30 minutes each day1. Wake up at 6:00 a.m. every day.2. Read scriptures before breakfast.3. Track progress in a chart. 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.1. Identify 10 compa-nies I’m interested in working for. 2. Visit each company and ask about job opportunities.Visit each company within three days from now.I will report to my mentor.Each day, study your goals and specific plans and write down a daily goal. Act on your impressions and work diligently to accomplish each goal.Decide now to make a lifelong commitment to set and keep goals.“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), 355 Realizing My Goals
THE ROLE OF MENTORS IN GOD’S PLANRead: Mentors are critical to our spiritual and temporal progression. Good mentors help us see ourselves as God sees us and help us make and keep commitments to become more like the person He wants us to become. Mentors can lift our vision, challenge our unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and inspire us to become better than we could become on our own.