This week I took some time to sit back, reflect and plan. I came up with 5 questions to ask myself. These questions helped me think about how 2016 was, how 2017 can be better and what I need to do to make sure 2017 is better.
I decided to share the questions, in hope that they could help someone else close out their year strong!
What have you done well in 2016 that you want to continue doing or doing more of in 2017? Was it eating right? Practicing better self-care? Whatever it was, pat yourself on the back and celebrate! A lot of times we harp on what needs to improve in our lives and don’t give ourselves credit for the things we do well. So, keep up the good work. Don’t let the holidays slow down your progress or knock you off track. Let’s go into 2017 strong!
What needs to stay in 2016? A relationship? A habit? A friendship? Whatever it is, start to think about how you can eliminate these things in 2017. Don’t beat yourself up, but do start to plan. There are certain habits and relationships that have held you back this year. These next few weeks, be more mindful of the energy people bring to conversations and how that impacts you. Think about the things you do that make you feel guilty or crappy after you are finished. Let things go that are not serving a positive purpose in your life.
What am I willing to sacrifice? When you are working towards a goal, you have to be willing to give something up to accomplish the goal. That one hour of watching scandal can be used to work on your passionate project. Those cookies don’t align with your health goals. So, something has to give. Our lives are already so full, and to add another task on top of all we do could be overwhelming. That is why we need to think about what are willing to give up now so that we can reach our goals in the future.
What are your values? You gotta figure out what’s important to you. Not what your family or friends want for you, but what YOU want. I’m very aware of what I value, but I always want to make sure that my actions are aligned with what my values. Identifying your values is important to me because they help you develop a sense of self and make life decisions. Once you are aware of what you value, the decisions you make and the things you believe will be a direct reflection of those values.
And lastly, who are you serving? This is something I ALWAYS ask myself. Who am I serving, God or Man? If your goal is solely about proving people wrong or competing with someone, you have to go back to the drawing board. Serving God will bring more glory. I believe our desire to serve God will give us more strength to reach our goals. The bible already tells us that God will prepare a table for us in front of our enemies (Psalm 23:5), so there is no need to try and do what God has already promised for us. All I know is that serving God is better than stunting on the gram or proving folks wrong. So, next time you are planning a goal or even contemplating a major purchase, ask yourself who are you serving.
Well, these are the five questions I’ve been praying and thinking about this week. I hope you all take some time out before the year winds down to reflect on 2016 and plan for 2017.
Remember! You got this, and God’s got you!