Another year has come and gone. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing in the year of 2014 with cheers, smiles, and anticipation. In this holiday season, take a moment to look back over your year, reflect and assess the highs and lows you may have encountered. I believe moving forward into your greatest year yet, you should finish the current year off strong.
In Habakkuk 2:2 It tells us “And the LORD answered me: ‘Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.’” Below are some key steps to follow in this process of closing out the current year strong.
1) Write it down.
There’s an old saying that says “You’ll never get there if you don’t know where you’re going.” I want to take it a step further and say, “You’ll never get there if you forget where you’re going.” As a child, my father instilled in me the principle that a “short pencil is far greater than a long memory.”
2) Improve your habits.
If we are going to grow and accomplish the great things we desire. We have to look at and seriously consider what our daily habits are. The secret to your future is hidden in your daily routine. What habits come to mind that you know are holding you back from your desired goals? Be determined to leave those negative habits and refuse to take them into your next day.
3) Get a mentor.
Find someone that is willing to invest their time and energy in you and can expose you to a level of wisdom and knowledge you wouldn’t be able to discover yourself.
4) Learn something new.
Oftentimes we fizzle out at the end of the year, simply because we are unwilling to change our strategy. As the seasons change in our year, so should your preparation. In order to finish strong this year and accomplish great things in the next. You have to have the mindset that you are not going to bring the stale things from your yesterday into your tomorrow.
5) Establish new relationships.
Who is it that you need to be connected to? Actively look for opportunities to connect on a genuine level with people doing things differently than you. These connections and relationships are healthy for our growth. It is impossible for us to experience continual growth without being stretched. Key relationship give you the elasticity you need in order to see the goals, dreams, and God given visions come to past.
So today celebrate the progress you have made and set your plan for what you can still accomplish by year’s end. Then ready yourself to see incredible things going into your New Year!