There is something about the start of a new year. It brings with it a sense of freshness and potential. The past seems easier to leave behind. This is why many of us create goals for the upcoming year. But as we know, the advancement of the new year tends to erode early ambitions and, as the weeks and months pass, goals are left unaccomplished.
Starting with today, let’s make 2016 different. Starting with today, let this be the year for which goals are strived and accomplished. Let’s let January 1 be a day where you are launched into 2016, where you walk through the day with some simple goals that build momentum toward accomplishing your annual goals.
What should you do? Here are six simple things to do on New Year’s Day:
- Begin with prayer. Reflect on what God taught you in 2015. Thank Him for those lessons. Ask that 2016 be a year where He aligns your desire with His desires, that He will reveal areas of your life that need change. Pray for your spouse, your kids, and your friends. Pray that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
- Find a Bible reading plan and start it. There are plenty of Bible reading plans out there. A simple web search will uncover more than you will ever need. If your church has a reading plan, jump in on it. This is what I will be doing. Maybe 2016 is the year you read through the entire Bible.
- Review your financial goals. Make sure you know what they are and how you plan to get there. You can accomplish a lot in 365 days. Do not let the year’s first month pass by without taking a few steps toward your 2016 financial goals. If you don’t have your goals set, click this link for a few suggestions.
- Set something up automatically. Technology makes execution on a financial strategy easier than ever. Set up your giving to your local church automatically. Have a monthly transfer from your checking to your savings to building your emergency savings. You can do this on your bank’s website. Have money withdrawn from your paycheck for retirement. There are plenty of options, and most just take few clicks of your computer’s mouse.
- Do at least one generous act. It doesn’t have to be big. Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru. Double your tip at the restaurant. Get a few, small gift cards from a coffee shop and give them to your coworkers. If you live in a warm weather environment, mow your neighbor’s lawn. Offer to babysit the kids of a young couple so they can have a night out (Note: I may take you up on it).
- Subscribe to ArtRainer.com. There are already a number of you that do. When you subscribe to ArtRainer.com, each new post will be delivered to your email’s inbox. This will save you’re a trip to the website. Also, you will be automatically included in several giveaways we are planning for 2016.
Happy New Year, friends. Let’s get started.