Forget New Year’s Resolutions
It seems so natural – and American- to come up with New Year’s resolutions, but I encourage you this year to forget resolutions, instead focus on a few solutions to achieve your personal and professional goals.
Maybe you are happily manic over the coming new year. Or possibly you’re overwhelmed, worried, burdened or burned-out. Wherever you are (or aren’t) there’s HOPE and help.
– What are the top ‘priorities’ or ‘issues’ on your plate this week?
– Where do you want to ‘go’ this month? Where do you sense God’s leading?
– Better yet, what just ONE THING that’s on your mind, your ‘to do’ list, or prayer requests continually. . . what’s really bugging you?
Got it? Good.
Like a fresh coat of vivid-colored paint you might use to spruce up an old wall in your home so you can enjoy that space, your next mind-storm session may be just the catalyst you need to get going again, to regain your pace after over-indulgence of distractions or apathy.
Now, it’s time to log-off the computer and roll-up your sleeves to get to work. Grab a pen, clean paper or your journal, and your Bible. Head away from distractions and find a quiet place.
Mind-storming is when you write down as many ideas, answers, and possible actions you can think of to any “problem” you have posed as a question. A mind-storm is best done by yourself, and really effective when you make it part of a time of prayer and meditation.
Later, after you have more clarity, plan to meet with and brainstorm with others.
‘Mind-storm’ sessions involve:
* Your Mind- brainpower, psyche, wits, intellect
* Your Storm- outburst, downpour, rant and rave
* Focused Thinking- imagining, believing, supposing,considering, reasoning, pondering
* Your Emptying-Out the possibilities- revealing, making known, exposing, viewing, making ready, making obtainable
Take some time in the next day or two and mind-storm for possible solutions and approaches to the priorities on your success journey. Name the priority and consider everything that comes to mind. Then write the first steps you might take.
Just remember to first take some time to with God to test your heart, thoughts and ways, and apply that magnificent piece of machinery (the brain) and enjoy the inspiration that only He can give. Start with counting your blessings- What’s going RIGHT? What is POSITIVE?
According to the experts in neuroscience and positive psychology, when we focus on activities like listing things we are grateful for, or consider our progress, we actually turn-on the part of the brain that helps us feel more connected, more optimistic, hopeful, joyful, and energetic. This helps us take the next step.
These modern studies confirm our ‘Divine Design’ and reveal how we can take responsibility for managing our thoughts – our will- and then achieve personal transformation. Coincidentally, the scriptures have provided such knowledge for thousands of years:
“From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things” Proverbs 13:2,
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18,
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things,” Philippians 4:8.
Also, when you are ‘mind-storming,’ you might find it helpful to check the Manual (the Bible) and stay in close communication with the Designer and Engineer of your life for calibration and on-going adjustment.
Even though it’s simple, how often do we pause for prayer, confession, and meditation on God’s Word to face the things that seem to be ‘in need’ of attention, or to consider what we can learn from leaders of the past, . . . or more importantly, to quiet our minds and present possible solutions to God, asking Him to give us discernment?
“Test me, O Lord, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind.” Psalm 26:2
“In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
If you are not familiar or comfortable with reading scriptures, then at a minimum, share your struggles and possible solutions with a wise ‘Board of Encouragement -”BOE” – a group of professional peers or mentors who have achieved the goals you desire. OR set an appointment with Sandy to clarify and explore the timeless principles that apply to your situation.
The key is to be open to new insights, experience and wisdom . . . welcome fresh eyes to test and confirm your plans.
Once you have met with your BOE (or coach) and have considered possible solutions in light of your budget, time, resources, and your ultimate destination and mission, you’ll be more prepared to take that next step on your success journey.
Even better, you will feel more footloose and free – or at least will have found comfort in seeing the hands reaching out to help you get moving again.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
Happy New Year!
JOY and Blessings –