Over the course of our lives, we can all identify times we have been on a journey. “Journey”, in this context, means leaving the familiar place (the comforts of home, comforts of what one is familiar with or knows intimately) navigating through unfamiliar territory to a place of new beginnings.
Now that it’s a new year, many of us are already experiencing changes in our paths, our dreams, or our desires. The journey of life can stop and start in various stages, but our walking out of the journey is what really matters.
There is a right way and a wrong way to travel on this journey and believe me when I tell you there are specific stages through which one needs to navigate before experiencing the blessing of whatever awaits on the new level.
Looking back on this year, I’ve shared a lot with you about my favorite topics: personal growth, transition, success, influence – it’s hard to choose which posts are truly favorites since they all touch on different areas or seasons of life. I keep coming back to these five posts, however, because I really feel like they encapsulate so much of the heart behind my message.
In order to grow in our success and in our influence, we need to understand who we are, who we were created to be, what that looks like for us, and how to get there.
I know as we’re all winding down the year with reflection, goal-setting for next year, and pondering our plans and strategies, it’s helpful to remind ourselves what went right, what needs improvement, and what we flat out missed the mark on this year.
I’m sharing my favorite posts because I know they’ll make a difference in your own journey, especially with a new year on the horizon. Take a walk with me back in time, if you will, to my favorite posts from this past year and let’s apply their principles together as we cross the threshold into 2018.
One of my favorite ways to spend my time is reading. Not only is it a favorite activity of mine, but it’s one of my top recommendations to others for personal and professional development. There are things books can not only teach you, but awaken within you, that you won’t otherwise find.
As we wrap up this year and plan ahead for how we want to be different in 2018, I’m challenging you to grab hold of the best tool there is: a book. And not just one book, but many.
Let’s talk about why you should read your way through 2018.
Change is inevitable. There is nothing in our body, our world, our community, or our surroundings not in a constant state of change. Change will thrust itself into your world and ask of you things which will cause you to be temporarily uncomfortable. Change will come. The question is: how will you handle it?
Transition is something we all experience in life in various seasons. It is the place between the way things used to be and the way things are becoming. Transition is the blank page between two chapters in a book if you will.
In our lives, between one chapter and the next, lies this blank page situation: we’re not completely finished enjoying the moment of yesterday, or we’re not finished grieving what just happened, yet we’re not sure what’s going to happen tomorrow. We’re somewhere in between. It’s not where you have been, and it’s certainly not the full expression of where you are going. It is the messy middle of change.
I know a lot of people who focus so much on their past they can’t see their future. I know a lot of people who grumble, complain, and whine about how bad things are, instead of focusing on what could be if they would take accountability and make the change. Today we’re going to talk about five truths about change that just might change your life.
Steve Jobs once said, “For the past 33 years, I’ve looked in the mirror every morning, and I’ve asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?’ Whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I have to change something.” What an insight into what drove him to such excellence.
How many people never stop to consider this? Why do we settle for less than what we’re capable of? Why do so many people resist change?
What truths do we need to experience in order to accept change and all of the benefits it has to offer?
We’re coming to the close of another year, and looking ahead to a fresh start, extra opportunity, and new beginnings. I want to make sure you go into the year as uniquely and as novel as possible.
The “same ol, same ol” syndrome should have no place in your future or in your dreams. Stand out. Set yourself apart. Call attention to what makes you YOU.
It may seem like a fine idea, but you’re unsure of how to do that. How does one stand out without being obnoxious or calling unwanted attention on themselves?