Whenever you take on a new job or walk into a situation where you plan to serve, you must first take a step back. Retreat. Take stock. Take notes. See what has transpired. Then form a plan of action.
Life is quite the same way around this time of the year. As you wind down to the last two months of the year, stop, look and listen. Review the past ten months. Look at your logs, journals, notes and important papers.
Ask yourself, “How did I do? Where did I grow? Where are my weak points? Where are my victories?” An honest appraisal will help you see how far you have come. And, yes progress has definitely been made, somewhere, somehow and in some areas.
Ask yourself, “How did I do in the Relationship Department? Did I make peace with some? Did I delete others from my world? How many new contacts have I added to my personal and professional worlds?”
If you compare your current state to where you were this time last year, can you see that you are better off? If so, how? If not, why?
Ask yourself, “Am I stronger and more confident? Am I less affected by the actions and thoughts of others?” Keep listing those questions as you take a personal inventory of events, feelings and reactions.
“Is my faith stronger? Do I feel like there is hope so that I can keep on thriving and surviving?”
Make those assessments. Be honest. Be candid and be fair. Give yourself a break as you look back and face situations squarely in the eye.
Then, when all of that business has been handled, start formulating that Dream List for 2017 as you carefully tie up those loose ends of 2016.
The future is bright and right ahead. So, “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”( Hebrews 12:1 )
Never give up!
Lynn M. November 25, 2016