The New Year is here. 2017 is gone and 2018 has arrived. The New Year causes each of to reflect on the past 365 days as the clock ticks closer to midnight. For some, the past year was filled with sadness, for others with joy. While out experiences are personal to each of us, one thing is true regarding all of us: The New Year brings opportunity for change and a fresh start.
Personally speaking, I’m mostly happy with how 2017 turned out. God had blessed me with a prosperous 2017 in numerous ways (finance, relationships, etc.), but it did come with its fair share of disappointments as well. Some caused by myself and others out of my control. There isn’t much we can do about the circumstances out of our control, but we can control how we react to them. And how we react to a situation does have real consequences on how the rest of the experience unfolds. At that point, we become responsible for the ending and any blame or success is solely on our shoulders, not on anyone else’s.
The first thing anyone should do on January 1st is create a list of resolutions. If you don’t start off with a list, you’ll get nothing done since you will not be reminded of your goals. A common trait of successful people is that they create To Do lists. My list carries a few things I didn’t complete in 2017. They include:
- Finish two stories
- Start a YouTube channel
- Monthly blog updates
- Find a new home
This isn’t an exhaustive list. Some other ones (more personal) include building and maintaining relationships, traveling, financial goals, self-improvement, etc. In fact, concentrating on three categories will likely produce good change in your life:
- Personal – This includes your dreams and goals. Maybe writing a book or starting a blog. Maybe it includes setting a financial goal (savings) or learning a new language. Maybe even learning an instrument.
- Adventure – This includes seeking adventure by new experiences like traveling to a new place or doing something new like starting a new hobby. The goal is to reach out and gain new experiences and everlasting memories.
- Self-improvement – This includes very personal changes like generally having a more positive attitude. Being more forgiving. Being kinder. Read the Word daily, Maintaining and building new relationships, breaking bad habits or self-destructing behavior, etc.
The point is that by making a list, we’re kept somewhat accountable to completing them. It’s even better if you can find someone you trust, and more importantly, cares enough about your goals to ask you about them and how your progress is going. As I’ve written before, most people will disregard your goals or resolutions. They’ll create doubt in your mind and put them down. They don’t care to ask you about them as the year goes by. Don’t share your goals with them. They don’t deserve the privilege nor the intimacy of sharing your heart and desires with them.
A New Year. A chance for new beginnings. A chance to start a new book from chapter 1. I hope you have a wonderful New Year 2018 filled with many blessings and joy.
In the words of T.S. Eliot:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” -T.S Eliot.