It is no doubt that 2020 has been a hard year. You probably experienced much needed time of rest and family connection through the pandemic and shut downs earlier this year. For a brief moment there was peace in the transition. There was even a little humor. Toilet paper jokes took over our feeds. Then doubt, isolation and disconnect set it. The burden to your faith journey might have been hard
New Year, New Goals
The beauty of the new year is that God’s mercies are new. Just like each day, this season brings new excitement. That New Years feeling of a fresh start is just what you need.
Kick the New Year’s Resolutions
Many years ago I realized resolutions just weren’t for me. I realized that change is needed and that growth comes through setting practical goals, establishing healthy habits and self-discipline. Change can come at anytime of year. Why wait until the New Year to seek growth?
As this new year approaches the excitement for change and something new increases as the days pass by. If you are anything like me, you probably have goals and plans for next year that will help you to grow spiritually. And…If you are even more like me your goals will probably flop in the first 7 days.
Self Discipline is learned by creating habits
Your faith will grow not by chance, But by choice – Neil Andersen
Self-discipline will get you every time won’t it! I found a way to establish healthy growth each year by asking God to grow me through the journey He already had planned for me. There is nothing worse than setting a specific goal or desiring a change to have your plans fall apart through life changes that are unexpected. When I expect life to happen I perceive what I have accomplished in the year in a much more positive light.
Instead of resolutions or unrealistic goals this year try something new! These 5 tips will help you to focus on growth without the rigid thinking and rules to help you succeed in growing in your. I have even included a FREE PDF that you can download to walk you through these steps.
Download your FREE growth in 2021 worksheet here below!
Grow in your faith this year
Start by downloading your free worksheet here! You can decorate, mark up and frame this growth worksheet. Following the next 5 steps, create your plan to grow in new habits as the Lord will direct you this year.
Your Vision for the New Year
Your vision for 2021 starts with what you desire to achieve this year. Use caution here! Do not set unrealistic expectations for yourself. For example, do not desire to read through the Bible in a year if you do not even have a habit or reading the Bible for at least 30-45 minutes per day.
Instead, desire to establish a daily habit to read the Bible. In order to read the Bible in a year, you will need to be in the habit of reading your Bible for at least 30-45 minutes each day. If you do not already have a habit of reading daily, you will begin to create this habit by starting with 5 minutes per day.
Anyone can do anything for 5 minutes a day. Start small! Reading the Bible in a year will become a fun and easy task when you are in the habit of Bible reading first.
Live out your life’s mission in 2021
What are your core values? List at least 3 core values that you are confidently inhabiting in your life. These core values that you can use to help you achieve your desired growth throughout the year.
What is a value? Life values are a core set of beliefs or practices that help you live out your life. Identifying both your strengths and weaknesses is very important here. Knowing your core values will help you to grow in ways that are practical for you. Understanding your weaknesses can give you ways to seek growth and change.
This is a great time to ask those close to you what values they see in you. Knowing who you are will help you define your growth mission in 2021.
Choose your word of the year
Choosing a word of the year allows you to focus on growth rather a New Years resolution. You can use your word of the year to reflect on your day, your ideas, your growth and setbacks. With focus on a goal you will seek growth rather than a specific task or completion.
It is ok to have ideas and goals. As a planner myself, I know the value of having goals to be working towards. You are never done growing! Your word of the year allows you to tie your life journey back to your goals and ideas with intention and purpose.
Reflection through a single Bible verse this year
As I mentioned before, planning my year and breaking down my quarters in important to me. And, it should be to you too.
A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)
As I plan my intentional projects or intentions for the year, I am reminded that the Lord will direct my steps. If you do not already plan your personal and professional growth, this is a great year to start. I highly recommend the Full Focus Planner! This planner proves to be incredibly effective.
When you know your intentions for the year, pray and ask God to give you a verse to incorporate into your life, circumstances and journey this year.
For example: I knew I had 2 books to re-design and two more to write this year. Psalm 90:17 was incorporated into my daily prayers. By the way, if you are not sure where to start in your Bible reading and learning this year, iWrite Bible is a great place to start.
Keep your theme verse with verse with you all year! Use it for prayer, journaling, reflection and commitment to growth.
Choose a quote to live by
As you learn to apply your strengths to your life, your weaknesses will begin to surface. This is a good thing, even if it bring trials and tough circumstances to deal with.
As you begin to walk in your core values, having inspirational quotes and ideas will give you the courage to fight the good fight. It is true that hard times will come this year, despite your efforts to plan perfectly and live out every intention on purpose.
Your quote to live by should line up with your core values. Also, this quote can change throughout the year. As you grow a new quote may inspire a new season of growth. I like to keep a bullet journal of the quotes that made a difference in my life during the year. You can also date your verses or quotes and look back at the journey you lived each year.
Prayer for 2021
May the Lord give you the courage to face this year with His strength and wisdom! As you go forth in a new year it is my prayer that you will walk boldly in your faith. May the Love of Jesus reflect in you and through you as you live out your life on purpose, and for a purpose, for the glory of God! Amen.