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Reflection is good for the soul. Personal reflection is even better if you act on it.

You may not be an end-of-the-year-take-a-two-day-retreat-in-the-mountains kind of person. I’m not either. I can think through and process these questions in the time it would have taken me to drive there and back. Hey, I’m all for those who love a mountain retreat, but I’m not wired to be in that much silence for that long. I’d end up trying to make friends with a bear or something.

If quiet reflection is not motivating for you, try it verbally with your spouse or a close friend. The key is to make it enjoyable, not a chore.

Regardless of your wiring, personality, or how much time you have for this, investing quality think time to process 2018 will position you for a substantially better 2019.

There are three keys to getting the most out of this process.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

It’s time to take inventory of this past year. . . what you accomplished that you promised yourself you would do – and what you didn’t accomplish. As you take inventory, you may find that you’ve made some progress but are still “in process” on some of the things you had promised you’d do this year. And, honestly, you may find that you need to ask God for forgiveness for not responding to things the Holy Spirit had prompted you earlier to change during this year.

Each year at a meeting that kicks off our New Year’s holiday, our Moscow team gathers for a wonderful afternoon celebration together, where we rejoice over the victories of the past year and share our vision for the upcoming year. Over the years, we also developed a tradition of handing out paper and envelopes — and we ask people to write down what they want God to do in their lives in the upcoming year. We’ve done this for so many years that everyone now comes prepared for what he or she is going to write on that piece of paper.

Did you know that your greatest possession is the 24 hours you have directly ahead of you? When you grasp this truth, you will view each day as a gift and another opportunity to grow and prepare for greater success. I remember back to 2002 when I began developing my own plan for growth. I simply began by changing my daily routine.

I didn’t have a spectacular growth track laid out by a professional life coach. My life was falling apart, and I just made up a plan to simply make it through the day. Now that may sound pretty pathetic, but it proved to be one of the most pivotal moments of my life. I heard that if you can do something consistently for 21 days, you can break an old habit and begin to establish a new one. So I set a 21-day goal to do these five things:

    1. Spend time with God in prayer, journal, and read the Bible.
    2. Listen to a motivational message.
    3. Read a success book.
    4. Review, declare, and pray over my list of dreams and goals.
    5. Exercise.


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