Hello and Happy New Year. We’re already 7 days into 2018, wow! I hope the first week of the year has been good to you and yours. Like many people, I was in church today to give thanks to God for His grace and manifold mercies. The way I see it, there’s a whole lot to be thankful for no matter what we see on the news everyday.
This is the time of year when many people write their goals and make resolutions for the year. If you’re yet to write yours, don’t feel badly about it. Think deeply about what you want and when you’re sure of it, write it down and outline how you hope to achieve it. Writing goals is one thing, you need to determine the means of reaching them. It may also be helpful to review the past year.
2017 was a year of discovery of sorts for me. Looking back and thinking of what I’ve learnt, I hope to improve my character and make better decisions daily. I hope these lessons will be helpful to someone.
- It is alright to be self sufficient. It is also alright to need help. Don’t beat yourself up over the things you have failed to achieve. Determine to do better and consistently work towards your goal. Remember what God says in Jeremiah 29:11.
- The people you expect to be there for you sometimes won’t be. You may just get support from the people you least expect to. Keep an open mind.
- You are not alone. While you may see yourself as underachieved and what not, there are probably more people in your circle with similar thoughts about themselves than you may imagine. Give yourself a break, move on and work smarter.
- Anger is very destructive. Knowing this and acting on the knowledge are quite different. Read Proverbs 29:11
- Save some of your earnings, I’d say 10% monthly at the very least. You’ll be better for it. (I would know, I’m dreadful at saving).
- Treat everyone with respect. It won’t kill you (Surely, not I hope).
- Not everyone will like you or believe in you and that’s alright. You have to love yourself and surround yourself with people who love and believe in you. The best example is in John 3:16.
- Your time is not for everyone. Be careful how you spend it. Consider what the Bible says in Ephesians 5: 15-17.
- The mind is very powerful. It is the place where ideas emerge and are formed. The things you fill your mind with are very important. Consider what is written in Proverbs 4:23.
- Read, read and read some more. There is no such thing as too many books! If you’re not into fiction, opt for books that cover your interests. If you’re a Christian, read the Bible.
I have important aspirations this year and I’ll be doing my very best to achieve them. Hopefully, this will be our best year yet. It may be wise to have people who will help you stay true to your goals and keep you accountable.
I look forward to blogging more consistently, growing my book club and improving on my photography. Whatever your dreams, it’s time to do something. Just go for it. Feel free to post some of your goals in the comments section and lessons you learnt in the past year.
I wish you all the very best in 2018!