Turning the calendar to January 1 used to find me trying to get myself ready to face yet another new year. I gave up long ago on making resolutions. But the new year was my time to evaluate how I did in the past year and look at what I want to accomplish in the new one. I reviewed my previous goals and made new ones. I chose a new “word for the year,” and reflected on my old word. Getting ready for the year to come gave me a small sense of purpose and direction.
But I’ve learned a new attitude in 2015. Oh, I’m still picking a word for the year and setting goals. But this morning I said, “Are you ready for me, 2016?”
You should know I’ve made similar statements in the past, full of false bravado and cocky pride. But always that little voice inside whispered to me that I was lying. “Fake it until you make it!” say the gurus. Yes, I was faking it, and I didn’t make it. And now I’m glad I didn’t make it way back then. I think I’d only be a successful fake.
The best laid plans of mice and men
Brenda and I started out 2015 planning to start two separate podcasts and one new blog. We end the year with those plans on hold as we try to adjust to five extra people living in our home. And we had plenty of twists and turns and ups and downs along the way. We’ve always been fluid and flexible. We’re blessed to be able to provide a safe place for our daughter and her kids.
Brenda’s podcast and blog will come eventually. But it may not be this year. And I’ve taken a couple zigs and zags. What I’m working on for 2016 is an idea/dream I’d archived in the “someday” file over three years ago.
I think, therefore . . . I’m in control
I learned an invaluable lesson amid all the pressure of 2015: I control what I think. I've learned that I'm in control of what I think.Click To Tweet
Of course, I’ve known and believed this for years. “You can’t control your circumstances, but you can control how you respond.” It makes a nice meme on Facebook. But I never did it for real. I only believed it in my head, not in my gut. Life always knocked me wobbly. Circumstances determined my inner peace.
But, thanks to a book recommended by my brother-in-law, I’m learning how to make my spirit, soul and body work together. So 2016 will be my year of living from the inside out. My word for the year is Prosperity. It comes from 3 John verse 2. “I pray that in all things you will prosper and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
So get ready for me 2016! I’m not the same guy you may have heard about from 2015. This is the real me, and I’m ready for you. Are you ready for me?Are you ready for me, 2016?Click To Tweet
By the way, the book my brother-in-law recommended is Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to lose your mind and create a new one, by Dr. Joe Dispenza. I highly recommend it if you’re serious about making changes in your life.