I don’t know why people hate on New Years resolutions. I think they’re a great idea if they’re realistic. Who doesn’t hope for growth and change each year? I think that sometimes we get really optimistic about the new year and set goals that look good in our heads, but aren’t even remotely possible. That’s where we get into trouble! Because when or if we don’t accomplish the goals, we feel like we failed in some way.
I try not to let the excitement of the new year overshadow the reality of what it will take to move to another level in this new season. It’s going to take work and I have give myself a reality check about getting it done. Here’s my method. It might work for you or it might not. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to try something.
1. Review last year’s goals
Every year is different and there are so many unexpected events that can arise each year. The things we thought we would accomplish fall to the wayside and with that comes disappointment. Whether you accomplished all of your goals or none of your goals doesn’t matter now. Start again. Make it happen.
2. Pull up your catalog of dreams
“My dream is that one day I will…” Everyone has a list written down on paper or a list written in the heart of what we dream could be possible. Seriously, review all of the dreams in your heart, write them down and put them in order of importance. If there is anything I’ve learned, it’s that anything is possible, especially with God on my side.
Lift them up in prayer. Ask God for wisdom on which one to start with and ask for strategy on how to begin. *I didn’t say to ask for how to accomplish it because God seems to reveal His Plans in stages (at least in my life). However, He could quite possibly lay out the whole plan for you, but you won’t know His heart for you unless you ask.
4. Connect with the right people
The right people will feed your passion and help water your potential. Enough said.
5. Start doing something.
I don’t care if you start out by setting one target a week and grow from there. If you meet that target (even if it’s as small as making a phone call), confidence grows. You become consistent and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Last year is over. In a phrase from one of my favorite childhood movies, “tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.” Let’s make the most of it and get to it in 2015!