Hey my friend! Happy New Year!
Can you believe that 2022 is already over? Me neither! They say time flies when you’re having fun and 2022 was one of the funnest, most amazing years of my whole life. Maybe that’s why it felt like it went by so fast!
Here’s our abbreviated 2022 recap letter (complete with pictures), if you’re interested- 2022 Recap
Today though I don’t want to talk with you about the past, I want to talk with you about the future. A new year is upon us with new opportunities and possibilities, so my question to you is- what would you like to be different about your life when you ring in 2024?
Do you want to be healthier?
Do you want to feel better?
Do you want to be closer to God?
Do you want your relationships to be stronger?
It is absolutely vital that we ask ourselves these questions, and then, out of the answers, develop a plan for our new year.
Proverbs 29:18 says, “without vision the people perish”, and it is so true. If we don’t have a vision for where we are going, and a resolve to steer ourselves there with our every day, every moment decisions, then we are likely to get to the end of a week, month, year or a decade and be perishing in some area of our life.
For instance, many of us (myself included), lived a portion of our lives with absolutely no vision for where we wanted our health to go. We simply just lived our life and hoped for the best. For me, that got me 80 pounds overweight and sick with cancer despite zero genetic predisposition.
How did that lifestyle make you perish? Did it bring you chronic pain, illness, obesity or other physical challenges?
As you know, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Many people often believe though that the pain of change is greater than the pain of staying the same, and my message to them is- little hinges swing big doors.
It doesn’t take an instant life overhaul to have some things go a little better in your life. A few extra glasses of water, a few more walks, or a few less desserts can make a meaningful difference in your health. Similarly, a few extra phone calls or a little more attention paid to your loved ones can make a meaningful difference in your relationships and a few extra minutes of prayer or a few extra minutes reading the scriptures can make a meaningful difference in your spiritual life.
The key though is…. CONSISTENCY. If you can be consistent in “sowing these extra seeds” into these various areas of your life you can expect to “reap” far more from these areas of your life.
My encouragement to you is this-
- Get clear on your vision for 2023. Decide what direction you’re going to aim for so your life can be better by this time next year.
- Make a few daily and weekly goals that are small and easily achievable.
- Work to be consistent above all else and hold yourself accountable to your comittment.
- Trust God for the strength to stay the course, even in the midst of failures or setbacks.
Not only will doing this improve your life in meaningful ways but it has also been shown to increase self-confidence and enjoyment of life as well.
Email me back with your vision and your goals for 2023. I’d love to hear them!