As you welcome the change of a calendar year, you may also be reflecting on the changes that you want to make in your life. Some question why you should wait until the calendar changes to make these changes. Honestly, I have no answer because I believe in constant self evaluation but it seems like January 1st is the perfect day for the big evaluation.
Most of you who follow this blog have read about the Add, Keep, Get Rid Of list in the past. Rather than making a bunch of promises or resolutions, take some time to consider:
What do I want to add to my life? Be intentional about some of the things that are missing. You may not be able to make the change today but create a plan for the year that will allow you to integrate those changes into your routine so that it becomes a lifestyle change and not for the moment. For me, I want to add sightseeing… Ok, I know that may sound a little crazy but I visit so many cities for a variety of reasons but I usually focus on the business of my trip and neglect carving out a few hours for myself to experience the city, even some familiar cities. So I plan to become intentional about sightseeing when I travel.
What do I want to keep in my life? Not everything has to go. Take some time to think about what is important to you, what do you want to preserve in your life. I’m a firm believer in living your priorities. This one requires that you think about your top three priorities and evaluate your resources – time and money. Are you making the time commitment and using your financial resources to keep those priorities at the top of your list? It goes without saying that my ministry, being a mom, studying and building my business are at the top of my list. Today, as I work on my budget for the upcoming year and evaluate my back to school schedule, I will be seeing ways to ensure those things are kept at the forefront so I don’t get caught up with busy work that isn’t important to me.
Finally, what do I want to get rid of? Admit it. We all have some habits that we need to get rid of. Some of us have some people in our lives that we need to get rid of. Think about those things and/or people that kept you from achieving your goals in the past, that prevented you from being the person you want to be. As I get this seminary thing under control, I need to get rid of procrastination. I want to be more proactive about reading, completing my assignments and writing my papers. I got the job done last semester but I definitely see some areas for improvement.
Being the person you want to be, most importantly – the person God created you to be, is hard because it requires that you live at a higher standard than just existing and going through the motions. However you choose to chart your course forward, be intentional about the type of life that you want to live.