Happy 2019! I write to you from my living room sofa with a strudel and coffee in hand. I’m completely soaking up my last little bit of holiday break. It’s always sad to see holidays come and then go so quickly, but it always stirs a little bit of newness. Today we have a clean slate. It’s day 1 of 365 days that can either be used or wasted. I typically use the first week of January to launch my new year. I spend time planning out goals that I want to be achieved by the end of the year. Here’s how I do it.
The first thing I do is write it down. In my journal, I list everything I want either accomplished or changed by the end of the year. What do I want my life to look like on December 31st of 2019? Where do I want to be? What do I want to have? Who do I want around me? What do I want to have learned? How many books do I want to have read? What is my physical condition going to be like?
The next thing I like to do is make it visible. I’m a visual thinker and learner, so I take large poster board or butcher paper and write out my general goals and Bible verse for the year and then I hang it on my wall. This year I have almost a whole wall in my bedroom dedicated to my goals. This way I’m constantly reminded of my expectations for the year so I don’t give up on my goals halfway into January.
Then the most important thing I do is I pray over the goals I’ve set. I make sure that these goals I’ve set for myself line up with God’s will. I ask for Him to give me the courage, perseverance, and efficiency to reach these goals. Without Him we can accomplish nothing.
This year my goal is to read a Proverb each day of the year for the whole year over and over again along with my regular Bible reading. I’m going to dive deep into the gospels and hope to share what I learn through The Fearless Journey.
My reading goal is to read 52 books this year. That’s a book a week for those who struggle with math…guilty. I’ll be giving you guys book suggestions and reviews which I’m so excited about. I’ll also be sending out my monthly book list for those who want to read along with me.
Of course, my most important goal for this year is to allow God to use me completely everyday in the seemingly small and big things. I want to challenge you to wake up every morning this year and just tell God that you make yourself completely available to Him. Ever since I’ve started praying this prayer I’ve seen God do amazing things in my own life. Two years ago I never would have started a blog or got up on stage in front of a congregation of people making myself completely vulnerable to others. God will do AMAZING things through you in 2019 if you let Him and I hope to be encouraging and cheering you on all the way!