Here we are ~ the end of another year of activities, events, victories, defeats, hopes, plans, some realized, some not ~ approaching a new year filled with hope, some trepidation, the ability to start with a clean slate, and the opportunity to grow and learn.
I have pretty much eradicated the making of New Year’s Resolutions from my life. Not so much that I think it’s a bad thing, but I have found that it is an easy way for me to experience a defeat fairly early in the year and I’d like to avoid the disappointment.
What I have put in place for 2020 is to look inside myself to determine ONE WORD that will be my focus for the year. This word will help me to laser-focus on major and minor areas in life and work.
I like to journal my thoughts and aim my focus on some important areas in my life, namely relationships, assessing what goals I need to establish or revisit in work, and determining next steps in other important areas where I am growing and developing.
In January of each year, I like to mentally remove all that is on my plate and ask God for wisdom to know what to replace or add that will be the best use of my time, energy and resources. I can then review each of these important areas and give some time for reflection in how I can learn, grow and more positively impact each area by making better choices or simply cont8inuing with some that are working well. This is a good time for a chat with a close friend or mentor to determine what to embrace, fine tune or remove. This has proven to be very effective for me.
In the area of relationships, when I have down time, I tend to pull in for solitude and continually seek to be fully present when I have an opportunity to be with those who are important to me as well as in meeting new people and making new friends.
Whatever your year-end or new year tradition, I hope you will allow your heart and mind to find a quiet place to rest, reflect and be refreshed. As you scan the horizon of 2020 remember that living a life of thankfulness for all God has done and will do, prepares you to face each challenge with an optimistic determination that it will work together for good and then as preparation for whatever lies ahead.
I look forward to all the new year brings! May yours be the best you could imagine!
Sheri Geyer is a Writer, Mentor-Coach, Real Estate Broker, Wife & Mom