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New Year, New You

New Year!

The New Year is well known for inspiring pledges and promises that often go unmet. Many of these ‘resolutions’ revolve around some aspect of personal improvement or self-development. There is something magical about January 1 because it carries with it a promise of renewal, re-engagement and the opportunity for creating a fresh start. The sad reality, though, is that in spite of new opportunities we often return to old familiar patterns and habits.

Someone once described insanity as “doing the same things you’ve always done and somehow expecting different results.” We can give mental ascent to the fact that if we keep on doing what we’ve done, we will keep getting what we’ve got. Yet, we still fight the battle of falling into the rut of our former way of life. It would be an insane thought to believe that our lives could have positive change if we just keep repeating our negative patterns.

So, here’s the question: What will you do differently in 2010 that will help you achieve different results in areas where you want to experience a change?

Here are four ways that you can realign your life for the New Year for new results.

  1. The people that you will meet. We all know that the people we spend time with will help shape our thinking process. Who is someone that you would like to develop a friendship with in 2010 that could shift your life in a positive direction? The Bible uses an interesting phrase, ‘as iron sharpens iron, so does the countenance of a friend.’ This simply means that you become like the people you spend time with.
  2. The books that you read. Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones is famous for saying the two (2) things that will change your life the most are the people you meet and the books that you read.  Why not make a commitment to read one new book per month in the area of your life that change would make the greatest positive impact. A few recommendations for the New Year: Discovering Your North Star, by Ike Reighard; The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently With the Cultured Class by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim, Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Ike Reighard. Check out Recommending Readings for a complete list.
  3. The tools you use to learn. A current favorite is Andy Stanley’s Leadership podcast, which is available on iTunes. I also think learning how to have gratitude is key. You can use this simple iPhone app to help you in this area. (www.happytapper.com) Also, you can check out www.veryshortlist.com for a daily dose of what’s cool in media (books, movies, music, etc.).
  4. Set three goals for the New Year. Make sure that they are SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-lined.
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