Saturday, December 30, 2017

Getting Ready for the New Year

During this week between Christmas and New Years I am taking some time to reflect on 2017 to help see what direction I want to head in  for 2018.

I have been using quiet time, time with God, journaling, asking questions trying to listen to my heart and get a good idea of where I am at.

Now, I can take those reflections and set up some goals for the next year, my book list, my to list and my not to do list.  Getting ready for the new year isn't only about keeping going with what works, it is also letting go of what isn't working.

That is why asking questions, reflecting, and working through it can be most helpful in leading one.  It helps identify what works, what doesn't, where things need to change, where we have grown, and what we need to do to get to the end goal.

I don't set a resolution for the next year.  I set a word or motto for the year.  This word or phrase helps carry me through the year and keeps me headed in the direction that I want to go.  Yes, I know, there is a lot out of our control and we hit a lot of bumps along the way making mistakes, failing, and starting over, but the word or phrase just becomes apart of it all.  It doesn't mean I won't make mistakes or feel like I have failed.  It gives me the courage and strength to keep pressing on. 

I will share in another post what my word and phrase for 2018 is, but for now, I am going to share what I used this week to help me reflect on the past year.  I even asked my oldest some of the questions from the kids' version.

Here's a link for both sets of questions and you can download and print off the PDF.

I also highly recommend working through the 12 months from now part too.  It takes you through: Inward Health, Physical Health, Financial Health, Family Health, Relational Health, and Your Children’s Health.

How do you get ready for the new year? 

Photo Credit: I printed off the PDF from the website and took an up close pictures of the title.