Happy 2018! t’s a new year and time for new changes in a lot of areas of our lives. That is how we feel about a new year right? Everyone likes new. New car, new clothes, new baby, new beginnings, new opportunity. New.
This is not a post about setting resolutions or goals or any of that. It is the opposite. It is about looking back at 2017 and thinking about what you need to not bring into 2018. It’s about what did you not do in 2017 or did do that didn’t work and not bring that to the new year. Why? Because if you don’t evaluate where you are presently then you can’t go forward. It will make no sense to set new goals if you don’t know where you really are and what is keeping you there.
What do you need to leave behind in 2017? What needs to stay there that you don’t need in 2018 that will hinder you from being the best you. The person and life that God wants you to have is waiting for you but not with the same baggage you had in 2017.
How do you achieve this? By recognizing where you are. What hindered you last year? Was it your mind set or food or lack of purpose, motivation or vision. If so, change that. Decide what needs to be done to change the way you feel about what you want changed. Do you need a motivational partner? A new group of friends? Do you need to cut out tv? That is my one thing of many to leave in 2017. I just simply began to watch too much tv after I wrote a book. It was my down time and I got hooked on Netflix series can you believe that. So me and Netflix went through a divorce on New Year’s Eve.
Make a Decision
Leave the weights back there. Let it go. Whatever held you back in 2017 let it go. Was it fear of the future? Fear of failing or of trying? You will never know until you actually try. Make a decision to change at least one thing that you will leave in 2017 and not take into 2018.
Look Ahead with Vision
If you need to get new vision or a fresh set of eyes to see what you need to see….get it NOW!
Look at your life. Take a long look at what you are doing. Look at the people you are with, the job you have, the children you have, the friends, or family members. Are they helping or hurting you? Are you wasting time in relationships that you do not need. Are you doing things you do not have grace or empowerment to do?
What is holding you back from seeing with clear vision for the future. Maybe you need to gain new information in an area of study or understanding and that will help you see more clearly. Whatever it is make the change and make it today.
Everyday that you make a decision and stick with it you will get closer to your dream.
To know where we you need to go you need to know where you are, and be clear about it. I love writing and I love teaching and I love counseling. My life needs to be surrounded by those things. I need to make them a priority. But, to do that I need to know why I didn’t do more of it in 2017. What hindered me. Frankly, it was two things. One, television as I said was the culprit. The second thing was physical pain in my body from stress. Both were hindering me from fully doing what I love.
How does a change like this look going forward. It looks like this: Literally turning off the subscription to Netflix and then eating differently for my body and more exercise. I guess I will be able to exercise since I won’t be sitting in front of the t.v. (lol) But, both of these call for a decision. A personal, calculated and methodical decision on my part.
So what will you do with the past year as you move to the new year? What things will you leave behind so they are not a problem in the new year? Think about it and do it.
Blessings and Happy New Year!!!