It’s a new year and time to dream big and envision what’s ahead! Are you struggling with setting goals for the New Year? I love breaking out my new Bullet Journal and setting up the yearly and monthly calendar pages and thinking through hopes and dreams.
BUT, I break down a bit on the goal setting! For most years, I already have a rough schedule, with work related trips penciled in, along with house and business projects. Therefore, adding “goals” can feel daunting. I begin to feel like I’m already hemming myself in with stuff to get done and the year hasn’t even started yet! Plus, if your year goes like mine often does, it’s important to leave flex room for the unexpected blessings and challenges which inevitably take place.
That being said, I also recognize the power of writing things down. So, I have this tension between not wanting to get too specific, but also wanting to live fully in the coming year. What’s a girl to do? If you, like me, have followed the 4 Present Rule, this should look familiar
The 4 Present Rule:
- Something they Want
- Something they Need
- Something to Wear
- Something to Read
It’s such a fun and simple way to organize gift giving!
Why not organize the New Year in a similar fashion? This new way of looking at the New Year will help you clarify where you’ll be intentional about, providing clarity as you invest your time, money and resources!
Organize the New Year
Word of the YEAR! _________________________
- Something I Want
- Something I Need
- Something I’ll Share
- Where I’ll Succeed
This simple exercise can help us sort through what’s important and where we want to focus our time, money and energy. It can clarify our calling and vision, which is always helpful as both can be easy to lose sight of in the midst of daily responsibilities.
Planning using a “Word of the Year” can be so clarifying. What’s our focus? One year my word was “PRAY”. I purchased a 1 x 4 foot piece of art that says, “Pray Big” (I get that it’s two words, not one, but work with me here). I wrote down scripture verses about prayer, which I kept in my Bullet Journal, and kept a prayer jar. My word of the year offered focus, clarity and a constant adjustment as I headed True North.
Clarify & Simplify
We all have wants and desires.
Being clear about what I want allows less important wants to diminish, and allows me to brainstorm about how to get what we ultimately want. What do I need to sacrifice, invest in, double down on to really, truly attain what I want?
We all have needs.
Identifying my needs allows me to put time and energy into an area that I might have neglected or pushed off. As a result, I can identify those areas that are simply wants, not needs, and then re-categorize and focus our priorities.
We all have something to share.
We all have wisdom, strength and resources that will benefit others. Identifying where I’ll share keeps me from that easy path of good intentions and takes me down the road of generous giver.
We all have areas in which, if we allow ourselves to dream, we hope to succeed!
Identifying where I’ll succeed this year allows me to believe in my own success, plan and work for it, and ultimately benefit from it.
Write the Vision
Habakkuk 2:2 says, Write the vision, make it plain. The simple act of writing can bring our hopes and dreams to fruition! As you can see, writing down our hopes for the future is simple, but powerful! I challenge each of you to take some time as we head into the New Year to write down your big, God-sized Dreams!
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