For many of us, we didn’t just say good-bye to 2017; we reflected on the events of the year as it ended. We revisited the high points and evaluated the low points. We looked at how we could have done things differently, learning from the things we did wrong and the things we did right.
This time of reflection might have led to numerous resolutions. Unfortunately, resolutions aren’t always fulfilled. Sometimes they are too time-consuming. Sometimes we set the bar too high, and they become unreachable and unattainable. And without a plan to implement the promise we made to ourselves, we will typically fail. In time, we will probably just resolve to stop making resolutions.
If that sounds familiar, take heart. Instead of complicating the New Year, consider focusing on one thing that stopped your progress in the past.
This suggestion has been trending across the Internet lately, and I find it a valuable approach for those reluctant to make another resolution based on a previous lack of results. If you are interested, I suggest looking at this as a simple, two-step process.
To find that one word, you must first find time for prayer, reflection and evaluation. Write down those challenges that have been difficult to overcome, and look for a common denominator. Identifying this one thing might give you insight into your word for 2018.
Maybe you find that you have difficulty completing projects. This will probably affect your performance at work as well as your personal relationships. Maybe this would lead you to choose “planning” as your word, or possibly “organization”.
Maybe you are just too busy and find yourself exiting 2017 with a great deal of stress. Maybe your word is “balance” or “prioritize”.
Maybe you have found yourself unable to advance in certain areas. Your word might be “growth” or “opportunity”. Then again, maybe you have felt a need to do something beyond yourself, to get involved in something to serve those in need. Perhaps your word for 2018 is “others”.
Most resolutions are derailed from a lack of motivation over time, which usually occurs when other, more pressing situations distract us. To overcome this, outline one or two action steps to repeat weekly in order to stay on track toward your goal. If possible, share with an accountability partner so that your “word” stays at the forefront of your mind. And remember that a little progress each day adds up to significant progress by the end of the year.
Do you have a word for the 2018? If so, let us know! And from our team to you, have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Franklin Santagate is the Vice President of Pure Flix Global Strategic Alliances, which works with denominations, ministries, and organizations by finding common vision, assets, resources and influence. From that position, we create initiatives we can do together that we cannot do apart, reaching our mutual objectives and expanding the Kingdom of God. To discover more or to become a Pure Flix Global Strategic Alliance partner go to http://pureflixalliance.com/join/.
To contact Franklin for speaking opportunities at churches and special events, email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.