"This means, as I step into the New Year, if I plan to overcome the old barriers of productivity, I have to consider how I ruined my plans. And, after consideration, I must implement new measures to minimize these failings."
If you’re reading this, then you need to celebrate.
Not because you’re reading this, although if that’s celebratory for you, I won’t stop you.
No, you need to celebrate because 2018 has only hours left, and you (by the grace of our Almighty God) have survived. Yes, you had some highs and lows, ups and downs, and challenges in 2018, but you are nonetheless still here. And you can’t minimize the fact that He blessed you to make it. You survived, and before you start complaining, let me remind you that many (and I do mean many) weren’t as blessed as we are.
(a moment of silence for them – R.I.P.)
Soooooo, here we are. Are you ready? I hope so. I can’t lie. I’m not ready-ready, BUT I feel as if I REALLY need this year called 20-19.
Like, I need the calendar to agree with me for newness and change. Some people think that you shouldn’t look for the calendar to give you a reason for change; and to that, I agree. However, that doesn’t devalue the “possible” changing power of the New Year and this year, I’m taking it.
Yes, you read it correctly, I said “possible.” And on this last day of 2018, that word represents my fear. It’s not like a fear-fear, but it’s a real “concern” nonetheless.
When I say “possible,” what I’m ultimately saying is there is still a real-world chance, that you’ll PLAN to make change, and this change may never happen.
Moment of Truth: I made plans for 2018, that never came to pass.
Another Moment of Truth: Most of the fault for these misses was all mine.
I understand how real the struggle was for Paul when he said, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.”(cf. Romans 7:19 / NIV). It’s like, I really want to be better, do better, operate better; however, I still have tasks, goals, objectives, and benchmarks that remain undone. And, there’s no one to blame but me.
I can’t let that stop me from planning in 2019.
I have to learn from these failures, as I plan for 2019.
This means, as I step into the New Year, if I plan to overcome the old barriers of productivity, I have to consider how I ruined my plans. And, after consideration, I must implement new measures to minimize these failings.
For example, if I want to be successful, I have to go to bed on time and get up the same.
One of the reasons why I missed some of my targets, was found in my own mismanagement of rest. In this mismanagement, I lost my time for personal mission, and ended up with only enough time to get to work and on with my day. Enough of these misses, and you’ve lost momentum. And when you lose enough momentum, well, you know the rest.
I know, I know! I hear the judgment, “just get back to it.” (Just a reminder and a welcome again to perfectly IMPERFECT!)
All in all, I’m learning that if I’m going to be successful, I’m going to have to set goals. However, if I’m going to be honest, I’m going to have to learn to set goals for my goals.
If I do this, I’m confident that I’ll minimize my failings and maximize my accomplishments.
What are my goals and goal-goals (I low key like that phrase) you ask? This year, I’m treating my goals like a woman treats pregnancy. Like, I want to tell you, but let me get past the first trimester. If we’re still going strong by then (and I’m claiming strength in the Name of Jesus), I’ll let you know them, and we’ll run the rest of the way.
But, if you’re braver than me, tell me yours? And, what are your goal-goals? Leave them in the comments below.
Beyond that, allow me to wish you a SAFE and Happy New Year! The Lord has provided a wave, let's surf it towards success.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.