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