“All you need is a plan and the courage to press on to your destination”
‘Tis the season of joy and jubilation as the whole world prepares to celebrate the festive season. Whether you’re in Africa, Europe, America or elsewhere, one thing we can all agree on, is that the festivities make us all excited and anxious to see what the new year brings as we reflect on the achievements, lessons, and growth of the past year.
December is usually a busy month. As semesters come to an end, the majority travel to be with their families and loved ones as others share the season with the less privileged. However, at the end of the month, most of us will celebrate the new year as a ritual and go back to normal, as if nothing happened. It shouldn’t be like that. Whenever anything is termed as “new” it’s something unused, fresh and to some extent perfect. However you use a “new” thing, once it’s in your possession, will determine the outcome of it. Whether or not, it will be long-lasting, clean or even valuable. In this case, a new year brings about 12 months of which YOU can alter however you wish and determine the outcome by the end of the year. For some of us, a new year is nothing, but a change of dates on the calendar, we have no expectations for ourselves and our lives at all. We live by the rule “taking a day at a time” and gradually we find out the days are no longer enough to take at a time. For others, a new year is a start-over point, not in a positive manner, but a start-over in terms of repeating the same thing over and over again. Things that you probably have done every single day for the past 1,2…10 years.
Your goal is to make 2018 count. Not only count but be the transformation that you’ve longed for. How you may ask, PLAN AHEAD. Yes, make a new year resolution. Not the resolutions that you never achieve but an actual plan over the 12 months in 2018. Let’s call them, the short-term goals. A lot can happen in a year, and it’s easier to plan and adjust to changes rather than “go with the flow”. You don’t need to be drastic about what you want to achieve but make some sort of realistic plan and stay loyal to it. A personal example would be my “break the cycle” mission from 2017. This is what I called my new year resolution at the beginning of this year. I was tired of doing the same things over and over again, therefore I decided to “break the cycle”. I wanted to push myself beyond limits set in certain aspects of my life. I decided to test my faith and test my capabilities and wrote down 12 “break the cycle” points. I made two copies and placed one in the bible right at Philippians 4:13 which says: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, while I stuck the other on the inside of my closet door, to tick off. I decided not to place deadlines for the individual points or place them in any specific order, all I knew was that ALL of them had to be achieved by the 31st of December 2017. Throughout the year, with faith and hard work, I ticked them off one by one as I completed them and by October 2017, my list was completed. I broke the cycle.
Therefore, we at Responding To Life would love to encourage you to create your own short-term goals. List down 12 points which you personally want to achieve by the end of December 2018. Whether it’s spiritual (i.e: you need to get closer to your God), physical (i,e: you need to lose some kgs and/or start a healthy lifestyle…), emotional(i.e: you want a stable relationship or you need to get married/marry) or financial goals (i.e: you need to save a certain amount of money…), list them down in faith and make your copies. Whether you need to “break the cycle” or “start afresh” or “push your limits”, find the common goal and make that the motivational factor for your points and stick to that. Let that be the fire that fuels you to achieving your goals. Remember to work towards them, because listing them down and not taking action will be useless.
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