On Your Mark! Set! Go! — Getting Ready for the New Year| By: Gwen Thibeaux
On the eve of a new year, people all over the world start reflecting on the year gone by, reflecting on all the things they wanted to accomplish or do. With great conviction, people proclaim:
New Year, New Beginnings!
New Year, New Me!
This is MY year!
Starting January, I’m going to… [fill in the blank]
We’ve all heard these sayings. We may have said a few of them ourselves. They sound great. People mean it when they say it, but what happens next?
The beginning of a new year always brings a certain euphoria and expectation. People who have felt they had a good year look forward to making even more strides in the new year, taking things up another level. While people who have felt the year was incredibly disappointing, look forward to another opportunity to achieve the goals they set for the previous year. For the latter group, there is the potential to repeat this cycle, year after year.
Why? Because many people will defeat themselves before they even get started pursuing their goals. They will use excuses for not acting. Excuses are nothing more than invented reasons to defend a behavior pattern—inaction.
“Don’t give in to excuses that can keep you from really living the best life God has for you.”
– Joyce Meyer
Excuses are the biggest, most crippling element that prevents people from reaching their full potential, recognizing skills, talents and opportunities. When we give in to excuses, we set ourselves up for failure.
At the core of every excuse lies:
- A perceived lack of confidence or resources
- Lack of inspiration to take the time needed
- Fear of failure, success or change
- Fear of uncertainty
- Fear of making a mistake
- Fear of embarrassment
Notice what is dominating? Yes, fear! Fear is the main culprit that keeps people from moving forward.
But as Christians, we know that God has not given us the spirit of fear. He has given us power. Power to do what? Power to overcome our excuses. Power to overcome our lack of follow through. Power to achieve our aspirations. When fear presents itself, we have the power to move past the fear, to take action despite being afraid. Don’t allow fear to dictate the direction of your future.
How do we break the cycle of inactivity? How do we move forward to a better new year, to achieving our goals?
Goal setting and achievement must be methodical, strategic even. Things do not happen by chance. We must very intentional. We must be committed to the work required. And we must be determined to keep moving forward despite circumstances or challenges.
Sounds easy, right? For some, maybe. For others, this may take a little more forethought.
I believe there are five key principles that people need to create a process for success, a process for achieving meaningful goals:
- Mindset – You must have a made-up mind. You must be clear and specific about what you want. Every waking moment, you must have your head in the game. Start each day in a manner that sets the tone for a productive day.
- Intention – This is the purpose or goal for the day. What will your focus be? What do you need or want to do today? What actions will you take?
- Accountability – Do not underestimate the power of accountability. When you have someone in your corner, serving as the voice of greatness, reminding and encouraging you to stay on your course, you gain more momentum than if you go the distance alone. You can have the support of a trusted friend that will be your cheering squad yet hold you to task when you feel like giving up. Decide how you will implement accountability into your days.
- Consistency – Without consistency, you will not see progress. How much time will you spend on your intentions? What is the frequency of your inspired actions? It may be helpful to even allocate how much time you spend on each intention.
- Balance – Part of the overwhelm and frustration that people get trapped in comes from the lack of a healthy balance. Finding balance can be as simple as choosing to achieve something and enjoy something each day. Balance is also about knowing what
Using these principles–on a day to day basis makes the goal-achieving process more manageable. You can achieve all that you desire when you create and maintain momentum that will keep you moving forward without fail.
Make this the year that you set your mark. When I think about setting my mark, I think about how a track star is at the starting line. The runner hasn’t gotten into the starting block yet. He or she is stretching and warming up. The runner knows what is required. Training and preparation have been completed. All the runner must do is start the race.
Setting your mark by conditioning your mind, body and spirit for the journey ahead; develop your own rhythm and pace so that you can build endurance; visualize your end results with expectation; and position yourself for inspired action.
Well, are you ready for the New Year?
On your mark! Get set! Go!
Daughters Blog is proud to hear from our new guest writer, Gwen Thibeaux. Gwen, M.A., is a Life Empowerment Strategist and Trainer, and author of the book, “Embracing the Greatness Within: A Journey of Purpose and Passion.”Affectionately called “the Greatness Accountability Coach,” Gwen inspires people who want to do more, be more and live more in their space of greatness; to move from idea to action with greater momentum. Gwen is a two-time marathoner and a serial half marathoner. Gwen resides in Southern California with her husband and two teenagers.