Happy New Year! Can you believe the end of the first week in January 2017 is already here? Time seems to be going quicker with each year that passes. Yet I absolutely love New Year’s Eve.
I like to stay up late writing my New Year’s resolutions and ring in the New Year watching the ball drop then fall asleep to the hope of good changes to come and the ability that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
I think I love New Year’s Eve so much because of the potential fresh start the New Year brings.
The idea of a brand new beginning is a beautiful picture to me. It reminds me of being forgiven by God with my past sins stay in the past. The New Year reminds me to live right now where I am in the present while keeping the future in mind. Just like in Philippians 3:13-14, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal…”
For me, New Year’s Eve is a sweet excuse to officially take a moment to thank God again for His grace in my life and to ponder where I believe I should go with my future.
This process is one that I actually do quite often throughout the year as it helps me to clarify what I want into a goal and develop an action plan to get there. But on New Year’s Eve, it’s a process that many people around the world participate in with me.
So, I wanted to ask you about your New Year’s resolutions. Did you make some? Do you know where are you going? Who do you want to be? And how can you get there?
If you haven’t taken a few minutes to ponder these questions, it’s not too late to take time now. You can start towards a goal anytime! Not just at New Year’s Day.
However, we can’t arrive somewhere unless we know where that place is and how to get there. Take some time with God to pray and ask yourself, where are you going on your journey?
My journey has clear goals. A goal has measureable actions toward something that is attainable. A goal can be defined.
My journey also has some big ideas and hopes that are not yet clear enough to become goals.
Did you set goals for yourself last week? Have you been working towards your New Year’s resolutions?
Statistics says that 25% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the end of the first week. And it takes people 10 times to make a New Year’s resolution stick.
I’ve learned how to make my resolutions stick by defining them into attainable goals with measurable actions. We are at the end of the first week where a quarter of people give up. How are you doing with your resolutions? Are you wanting to quit? Or can you see progress being made?
I’d love it if you leave me a comment and let me know how it’s going for you!