Whenever a New Year approaches, I’m always looking back at the last year, wondering where it went. I know it’s good to take stock if you want to live intentionally. The Bible tells us in Psalm 90:12
Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
You don’t have to live life feeling discouraged, defeated, and without purpose. Here are some ways to start a New Year with purpose.
How to Start a New Year with Purpose
Diving into everything wholeheartedly
Instead of doing everything quickly just to check it off a to-do list, I want to do everything with purpose. Whether it is brushing my teeth or getting my kids to bed, I want to be present in the moment as much as I can, which requires focus. It’s making a choice to use my time and talents wisely. It’s also about making memories with my daughters. This is something I need to remind myself of, but it’s so worth it. Recommended reading: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Make commitments I can keep
I’m tired of over-committing myself. You know, doing things that I don’t want to do, but say I will do anyways. When I say no to these type of activities, I’m saying yes to things I want. That may be time with my family or even time to myself. Making commitments I can’t keep only keeps me further away from my family and the goals I have for them. Saying no to some things means saying yes to the things that really matter. Recommended reading: The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
Make a list of goals
It’s super easy to say what you’re going to do. However, starting a new year with purpose means that you actually do it. I call it being intentional. I can be intentional and follow through with goals by writing them down. I don’t mean writing them down and never seeing them again. I mean, writing them down, and finding an accountability partner to help me follow through. I have my long-term and short-term goals written down and posted next to my desk. I won’t let them control me, but I believe they’re important to living a life of purpose. Recommended reading: Pursue the Intentional Life by Jean Fleming
Starting a new year with purpose comes down to defining the type of person I want to be. I want to be an intentional person, don’t you?
I’d love to hear how you plan on starting a new year with purpose! Leave your comments below!
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