And here it is… a brand new year. Who does not like new things? We all do. Perhaps because of all the possibilities that something new has to bring. So here we stand at the beginning of year 2019. As we encounter a new year, we face 365 opportunities to create, to grow, to build. I wish that for this new year you will see the blank page before you and you would get so excited about writing a whole new story.
I wish that in the upcoming year you leave behind everything that sets you back, let go of the past and focus on what you would like to see in your life. A good place to start is to identify what is it that you would like to achieve, what are your goals? Then come up with a plan to get to where you want to be. No significant change happens overnight, therefore it will take small steps and consistency to reach the place where you would like to be. Whether it is on your health, finances or in your relationships, we all have the ability to make them better.
Consistency is in my opinion the hardest thing. I often get so excited about new plans, new goals, new dreams. I also enjoy tracing a plan to reach them. Then comes reality… it is often quite hard to stick to routines and habits, at least for me. Sticking to a plan sometimes means that we will need to do something we don’t enjoy, in order to see better results at the end. We must focus on the bigger picture and convince ourselves that, for example, depriving ourselves of that extra cookie or that impulse buy will result on a greater reward as we get closer to the goal of being healthier or improving our finances. According to psychologists it takes at least 4 weeks to turn a behavior into a habit.
In the meantime, I do need a lot of grace. Grace to not punish myself for the times I did not stay in the path but to refocus and get back on the wagon even after I fall short. We must keep the eyes on the goal and reminding ourselves that all the effort is worth it.
I wish that this will be your best year yet. I wish that you will take on all the opportunities ahead of you and look at the future with a smile on your face, knowing that you can take that blank page and write your story.
Happy New Year, dear friends! Let’s make it a great one!
“She is strong and graceful, as well as cheerful about the future.” Prov 31:25 (Contemporary English Version)