Pas­tor Ge­orge shares five ways to men­tally pre­pare for the year ahead.

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How to men­tally pre­pare for the year ahead

Con­grat­u­la­tions, you made it into an­other year! This new year holds many pos­si­bil­i­ties in gen­eral, but three in par­tic­u­lar – it can be bet­ter, the same or worse than the pre­vi­ous one. You pos­si­bly de­sire the best year of your life! But, a new year can be stress­ful and daunt­ing. The long sum­mer days are wind­ing down and anx­i­ety starts to creep in as you face the re­al­ity of go­ing back to work or school. Be­fore I give you the five pro­pos­als to pre­pare for the year ahead, there are two ways to not ap­proach 2019. Firstly, make no as­sump­tions. This is be­cause as­sump­tion is the mother of all mis­cal­cu­la­tions. Se­condly, make no mis­guided new year res­o­lu­tions that lack power, purpose or qual­ity. Now that we have cov­ered the don’ts, here is how this can be your best year ever:


Be­fore mak­ing any life-chang­ing, qual­ity de­ci­sion, take time to think about both the last and new year. What could you have done dif­fer­ently? What do you want this year to look like? What steps do you need to take in or­der to guar­an­tee suc­cess? How far are you will­ing to go, and how badly do you de­sire a dif­fer­ent out­come?


If you are like the rest of us, you prob­a­bly made some mis­takes last year. You prob­a­bly did some things right, too. Take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for your fail­ures as well as suc­cesses. The for­mer will al­low you to keep a hum­ble heart, and the lat­ter a cool head.


Ev­ery­thing you need to pro­duce a de­sired fu­ture or prefer­able out­come is al­ready in your life in seed form, some­times a very tiny seed. Take de­tailed stock of what you have avail­able to work with. Take an in­ven­tory of how much time, strength or skill is avail­able to you. Then de­sign a plan to make them serve your dreams for the year.


There has never been a bet­ter time to be alive. We are sur­rounded by tremen­dous tools, pos­si­bil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties that were not avail­able just a decade ago. In­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion are eas­ier to ac­cess.

Get your­self a coach, men­tor, trainer or an ac­count­abil­ity part­ner. We live in the in­for­ma­tion age; ig­no­rance is no longer an ex­cuse.


Fi­nally, take charge of your re­sources. You have been given all you need to cre­ate what you de­sire, and so much more. Stop just spend­ing

(more ac­cu­rately, wast­ing!) time, emo­tions, strength and re­sources. It is time to in­vest in your­self, and use your scarce re­sources wisely and ju­di­ciously. Give your­self per­mis­sion to change ev­ery­thing that isn’t work­ing, fine-tune the things that are work­ing, cap­i­talise on your strength and over­come your weak­nesses.

This re­ally can be a lovely year!

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