The new year is here and it holds many things for you and those God has placed in your arena of influence. Whether you make resolutions or not, here are a few intentional and easy actions you can take to put you in position to run the race before you this year.
- Move. Run, walk, bike, box – do something to get your body pumping. Physical movement will greatly increase your energy level. Do some physical activity every day.
- Restock. Clean out your refrigerator and cabinets of all processed foods and restock with fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks. If it isn’t in your house, you won’t be tempted. But it is perfectly okay to keep some chocolate! It does have health benefits.
- Declutter. Give things away that you don’t use or don’t need. If someone else could benefit from some of your extra books, clothes, and home items – share them.
- Early morning start. Get up 15 minutes earlier to jump-start your day in prayer and in God’s word.
- Family & Friends. Give priority to the people you love the most. Don’t let distance (emotional and physical) happen. Guard these relationships with commitment and resolve. Get your calendar out now and schedule the time that confirms they are priority – dates and getaways with your spouse, family nights with the kids, weekend visits with friends.
- Guard your words. Be intentional and wise with your words. It is better to be silent than to use your words carelessly. Proverbs (18:21) tell us life and death are in the power of the tongue so let your words bring life to your team, your family, and to your church.
- Generosity. Daily, look for ways to give to others. Ask God to open your eyes to see the needs around you. Be ready and alert to give. It will be life giving to you and to others.
- Forgive. If you are carrying anything against someone else, let it go. It is a weight that is holding you back and the results are greater than you realize. Place the person and the situation in God’s hands.
- Grow. Read, take a course, learn from a mentor, travel to other countries, learn a new language, meet with other organizations/leaders, ask questions, write, and on and on. The ways to grow are limitless but you must own your own development and keep learning.
- Sin. Deal with it. Don’t make excuses, ask for forgiveness. Pride, arrogance, lust, lies, and stirring up trouble among brothers are just a few in the list of things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19). Don’t let sin destroy your leadership.
“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1-2
What else would you add to this list? I look forward to the journey with you in 2016!