I want you to humor me for a minute and do a brief exercise with me. When you think about what you want out of life, what you hope to accomplish, and the kinds of achievements you want to be proud of or remembered for, what comes to mind? Additionally, when those thoughts, dreams, or ideas come to mind, do you set expectations to achieve them, or do you somehow talk yourself out of them being possible, and make adjustments down toward something “more realistic”?
How many times have you dreamed about starting fresh? Perhaps you’ve talked yourself out of your new beginning or pursuing your dreams because what you’re doing today is “safe”. Comfortable. Predictable.
Today I want to encourage you to dust off your dream. Many of us in this most recent year have experienced a barrage of negative inputs. In recent months, you could not turn on the news in our country, or even around the world, without being bombarded with negative news, political wrangling, senseless attacks, etc. It has been a difficult season.
Foundations are essential to any great building project. If you’re going to build anything substantial to stand the test of time, it must be built on a properly engineered foundation. As we transition from one level to the next, I want to help you lay a solid foundation on which to build your preferred future (the future God has already determined is yours for the taking).
Whether you’re a small business owner, an entrepreneur, a director of a non-profit, pastor, community leader, or a stay-at-home mom, you are in business and you are created and called by God to make a difference.
Let’s establish you are in business. Whatever you’re endeavoring to build, grow, lead, influence, that makes it your business. Jesus gives us an awesome example from His young life where He said, “I have to get busy doing my Father’s business.” Whatever the business is, it’s time for you to engage the business you were sent here to do.
With yesterday being the birthday of our great country, it brought to mind the freedoms we have the privilege of pursuing in our day to day lives. The pursuit, however, will only stay as such if we don’t exercise a crucial element of action: personal deployment.
I’m so proud to meet folks who serve in the military. Since I travel so frequently, I meander through many airports, and nearly every time I’m at the airport I see our servicemen and women boarding airplanes, flying somewhere, going off to do what it is they do. It really does make me proud of our country. It especially makes me proud of those young men and young women.
It’s summer, a new season, which often marks for some of us a new beginning. What does it mean to pursue new beginnings? Michael Gerber said many years ago in one of his great books that new beginnings are about “a blank piece of paper and a beginner’s mind.” You have to unpack the presuppositions and the former ideas, maybe even let go of some of the successes you had in the past, and most definitely letting go of the failures you’ve experienced in the past, and start with a clean sheet of paper.
This is fitting since the year is 2017 and these are 17 items for getting your year on track. Aside from the numerical coincidence, however, this is a list you’ll want to keep close at hand for reviewing and renewing your goals and success on a regular basis. Let’s dive right into these 17 ways to ensure you’ll have a knock-out year.