Winging In the New Year?

by Ray Reuter on January 2, 2014


With due respect to the perspective of Calvin above, “winging it” is not recommended. If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten. Different outcomes demand different choices. Work backwards. What do you want? Imagine that outcome … picture it. To get what you want, what choices will lead you to that? Are you willing to make those choices and commit to them?

Early in my career a mentor outlined five profoundly simple steps to achieving something one desires …

  1. Have a GOAL.
  2. Have a PLAN.
  3. WORK the Plan — this is where we make choices to get the results we desire.
  4. CONTROL Direction — create structure and systems to increase the probability of success.
  5. THROW OFF Discouragement — even though we make commitments and have the best intentions, we are not almighty and perfect — prepare in advance for bumps in the road and resolve to stay the course.

If you are prone to “wing in” the new year … consider a different choice to “bring in” the new year with intention, purpose, and focus.

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord,
plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
–Jeremiah 29:11

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