Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year that most people are feeling encouraged and inspired by a new beginning – a fresh start. If you haven’t already, you’re making resolutions and deciding how this year will be different for you. I think that’s a good thing and I’m in the process of doing that myself. The key for success in this process is to remember that a new year doesn’t guarantee a different outcome if we don’t change our behaviors.
Real change comes from changing our habits, and unfortunately, that’s a fact we can overlook as we get caught up in the hoopla of a new year. Every year some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, save money, get rid of debt, etc. Yet by the end of each year – for most people – those circumstances seldom improve. In fact, sometimes it gets worse! We gain more weight, spend more money, and accumulate more debt. Truth be told, it’s not because the goals were unrealistic and impossible to accomplish, it’s just that we didn’t change our behaviors. Change is never easy and it doesn’t come without sacrifice, discipline and commitment. Let’s face it, most people lose their momentum and motivation for all their declared change by Spring.
Though that is the reality, it doesn’t have to be YOUR reality – not this year! Let’s resolve to do something different to help yield the outcomes we want. For me, that means finishing some things I’ve already started. I don’t want to set any new goals for 2012 until I complete some of those I had for 2011. For the past few weeks I’ve struggled with deciding what I want to tackle this year and it wasn’t easy. Now, I realize it has been so difficult for me to make new goals because there is uneasiness in my spirit about the things lingering from last year. For me it’s important to finish what I start, and my personal motto is to always finish strong.
So, my goal for this year is to finish the things I’ve already started. I believe it’s in the accomplishment of those goals that I will get clarity on my next steps. I don’t’ believe God is going to give me any further direction until I finish what I’ve started. If my steps are truly ordered by the Lord, and I know they are, then he will give me my next step AFTER I complete the previous one. We serve a God of order and to skip steps would be out of order. I guess I know what I need to do! Here’s to a productive year – I wish you much success in all you set out to do. MAKE It a GREAT year!!!