New year, new me…as 2015 has come to a close and 2016 is just beginning, it is easy to get caught up in the hype of the fresh start. Often times we make crazy and unrealistic goals. I’m not saying that crazy goals are necessarily a bad thing, we need to stretch and grow and what better time than a new calendar year!
Sometimes, however our crazy and unrealistic goals can cause us to hit a snag a few months in and then everything seems to come crashing down around us and our goals seem to drown us.
In reality a new year is a clean slate in some ways at it is the beginning, we get another 366 days (as it is a leap year this year). But it doesn’t negate the fact that the decisions of the previous year will still affect this current new year. We can learn from last years decisions and choose to make different ones this year if some of last years decisions were not the best.
The decisions we made well last year we should continue with and try to build upon to create an even better year!
It is important to take time to reflect on the choices we made last year to help us map out the paths we wish to take this year.
I love the new year feeling, I spend the last few weeks of December mapping out my goals for the next year so that I don’t get caught up in any last minute hype and create goals that may sound good but don’t actually move me forward in the direction I wish for my year to take. As always I have made goals that focus on the areas of my life that I see as key, Spiritual – Bible reading plans, Relational – focusing on quality time with people I love and reading books to help deepen my relationships, Financial – goals to help us move forward and invest in our and our children’s futures, Study – to help me see the bigger picture for future employment, Writing – to ensure that this remains a focus and doesn’t get pushed to the side when life gets busy.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)