On this last Friday of 2016, soak up a few great memories and then erase a few items from your 2016 mental hard drive. But before you hit the delete button, ask yourself a couple of questions.
- What is the one thing I can change that would make my life better? Commit to addressing that one thing for the first month of the new year. Reassess and tackle the next step of change on February 1, 2017. I’ll guarantee you that you’ll be grateful for tackling whatever it is. And you’ll be grateful that your commitment is 30 days, not forever. Most research on new habits or attitudes will show that you’ll know what your capacity for change is, and/or you will realize the benefit of this change and adjust to accommodate further adjustments beyond your 30 day commitment.
- What is one thing in 2016 that I do not want to repeat, and how can I avoid it in 2017? Keep that action or mistake in front of you, with the attitude of a scholar having learned a great secret of the universe. Make the determination to avoid repeating the same painful action or mistake again. It may seem small, but why repeat what you’ve already learned.
While this is a bit simplistic, I’ve discovered it to be essential to setting life on a healthy track for the new year. Take the time to answer these two questions and commitments in writing. Then put them where they are frequent reminders to you.
And make plans to join me for “The Climb,” a teaching series designed to assist you in discovering the best you! The Weekday Podcast kicks off The Climb on Monday January 2. My daily BLOG will be providing specific strategies, encouragement and resources to aid you. The weekly sermons will provide solid Bible teaching, with day to day application to further equip you for The Climb.” Please make every effort to utilize all of these tools, including my 4forFRIDAY email, where I recommend reads, listens, learnings, gadgets, and restaurants.
Happy New Year,