Father Mike Schmidt posted a great video on what to do for Lent. Don’t pick arbitrary goals. Choose those that we help you grow closer to Jesus.
I always preferred a couple of plus and minus goals during Lent. If it was all penance, it can lead to a gloomy outlook. If it was all addition, our faults can limit or even negate any benefits.
Plus: Accept things with joy. Most of the time, I received (good and bad) tasks with a begrudging, steely-eyed attitude. Jesus has told me in my prayer recently to accept them more joyfully. A friend suggested starting daily with Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Negative: Reduce my possessions by half. This desire has risen in my heart leading up to Lent. A friend described how he had picked which things to keep before a move back home. It was always amazing how much stuff has accumulated over the years. I have horded stuff because I thought I might need it one day. But I needed to live my vow of poverty more fully and to trust that my religious order will take care of my needs.
What are your goals for Lent?