How I Plan For a New Year

"And be ready always..." 

Not only is this statement by Peter important as it relates to outreach, discipleship, and the sharing and teaching of scripture, but you can apply it to every aspect of your life.

The old saying, "Fail to plan, plan to fail," is so true.

If you are serious about mastering your gift, and being intentional about your calling, consider setting aside some time during this season of celebration, to close out and prepare for the upcoming year.

Every year around November, I’m reflecting, planning and strategizing for the upcoming year. This year, I thought I'd share and give you an inside look into what I do to plan for the upcoming year.

Here are three things I do:
  1. Reflect on the past year

    a. How well did you do? If you did well, you should be proud of your accomplishments. If you don't think you did well, don't condemn yourself. Romans 8.

    b. Did you accomplish your goals? If not, it's O.K. You have a whole new year to work on it.

    c. What were your milestones? What was that one obstacle you finally overcame? The day the light bulb turned on, and you finally figured it out?  What was that  one significant event or accomplishment?

  2. What did you learn

    If you find yourself in the same position as you were in the previous year, then nothing was learned. Here's how to fix it:

    a. What worked? What didn’t work? Think about why it did or didn't work. These can be ideas and methods that are the cornerstone of what you're building. Things that may need tweaking and ideas that can be recycled and tried again but in a new way.

    Whatever the case, don't be afraid to scrap or shelve ideas and methods that have shown no results at all.

    b. What should you do differently? Think about all the things that can be changed to accomplish your desired results.

    c. What areas do you need to improve in? Paul wrote to the Philippians that he had not yet achieved perfection (his goals). He went on to say, "I press toward the mark for the prize."

    Paul was speaking about spiritual goals and perfection, but you can apply this to accomplishing your goals in the natural as well. See Philippians Chapter 3.

    d. Pray on your reflections. Doing this will give you clarity on how and when to proceed.

    I've learned over the years that what we think are good ideas, are sometimes only good on paper.

    "With all thy getting get understanding"
     Proverbs 4:7

    e. Rest your mind. Take about 24 hours to rest your mind. Then, come back and reflect on the blueprint you have in your mind.

  3. Develop your blue print for the new year

    After you have taken the time to reflect on the past year, and determined what was learned, It's time to bring it all together and develop a plan.

    Sit down with a pen and pad and write down your plans, strategies and goals for the New Year.

    Writing things down means that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals, and follow through. It’s also a great way to practice being intentional about what you do.
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