New Year, Different Perspective

Well, if one of my New Year’s goals was not to procrastinate I would have already failed. Here I am now, on the 4th, writing my New Year’s post. Ha! Better late than never??!! Each year I look forward to the newness of the upcoming year. I almost feel like I can wipe the slate clean, forgetting about all the previous year’s failures. The freshness gives me renewed hope that I’m not a lost cause! Haha! What I find, though, is that my resolutions tend to be pretty repetitive. Get fit, eat less bad stuff, grow in my walk with the Lord….very traditional resolutions. Yet, at year’s end I often times am no closer to meeting those goals than I was in the first month. So begins this cycle of repeat resolutions. Maybe I don’t meet them, as well as I would like, because I go into it knowing failure is an option. I can just try again the next day, week, month, or year.

I have never picked a word focus for a new year. But….maybe that is exactly what I need. Maybe my resolutions are holding me back. My lack of commitment known in the depths keeping me from reaching the heights I desire. So…I have decided my word this year is INTENTIONAL. Isn’t that what the problem always is with my other resolutions? I’m not intentional about my fitness or eating healthy. I, mean, I am for a little while…like maybe a week or two. The definition of intentional is: done on purpose; deliberate. If I’m more intentional about a lot of stuff in my life, I think I will see big improvements. Intentionality is focus-driven, goal-oriented, and brings results.

It is just one word. No long list of things I want to accomplish. Granted I still have many things running through my head of what I want to do this year and the growth I want to make, but if I daily focus on being intentional those goals should fall into place. If I’m intentionally setting aside time to spend with my Lord and Savior, I will grow. Intentionally writing my grocery list and STICKING TO IT will cause me to eat healthier. If I make sure I carve out 20-30 minutes each day to work out, I will.

I want to be more intentional about my blog posts as well. I have fallen off the writing wagon for a bit here. Partly because life is hectic, partly for lack of desire. I do have so much I want to share, though. Not that I have some incredible knowledge I feel must impart upon my readers, but because I love writing. I need to share my ups and downs, victories and failures. Praise is not what I seek…..but being real. Accepting myself with all my insecurities, lack of confidence, and just opening up. Sure, it isn’t always pretty, but that’s what makes it beautiful. I don’t have it all together. I have so much growing to do. Don’t we all?!

So, here’s to a new word in the new year. Intentional….hopefully in, now less than 12 months, I can look back on this year and see incredible growth. Not in a way to check off boxes of the things I’ve done, but growth in me as a person. Growth in my day to day life and what I accomplish. My prayer is this is my best year yet and yours, too! God bless!