Here we are halfway into the month of January 2016; I hope the words Happy New Year ring true for you and your loved ones.
I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions. I honestly can’t recall making any and if I did I tried to make them simple enough to be successful. A few years ago I began identifying my theme for the new year instead of coming up with a resolution. While the concept wasn’t my creation I find that having a theme has been more about an intentional way of living my life instead of setting random goals. My theme is about defining who I am.
[tweetthis]Having a theme helps me to stay productive in my personal and professional life.[/tweetthis]
- I stay focused on my vision.
- I make decisions based on my priorities.
- It’s easier to say no to things that are not aligned with my theme and ultimately my priorities.
- My choices focus on the process of whatever I am experiencing and not on achieving one thing.
- My theme is simple enough to keep me on track.
- My theme is revealed to me when I become sincere about the process of identifying it. It is what I need during this season my life.
This year three words were revealed to me. They came to me to when I stopped trying to find them and focused instead on prayer, meditation and self-reflection.
My words are:
In 2016 I will be prepared for whatever God will unleash into my life. The good and the not so good. I will be ready to accept, learn and grow from it. Being prepared was revealed to me as I was listening to Jill Scott’s latest album. The lyrics in her song of the same title captured me exactly where I feel like I am in life. I am prepared. Proverbs 3:5-6
In 2016 I will continue the process of letting my light shine. I refuse to hide my light. Hiding my light is a disservice to the women I am called to serve and to myself. Instead I will put my light on the table so that it gives light to me and everyone in my sphere of influence. Matthew 5:14-16
In 2016 I will praise my God no matter what the circumstances before me look like. I will not let circumstances distract me from being joy-filled and giving praise, even when those circumstances don’t look so good. Habakkuk 3:17-19
What is your theme for 2016?
How will you define yourself?
How will you choose to live your life this year?
Remember, it’s the process that refines you from the inside out that’s most important. The final outcome is not what determines your success. Share your theme on my Facebook page. Make it real and be accountable for prioritizing your life around it. Step into the New Year ahead of the game by being your best self. A New Year a New YOU!
Yours in health and vitality,
#PREPARED #SHINE #PRAISE