I have a question for you as we near the end of December.

How do you feel as you peer over the ledge into 2017?

Are you worried, excited, hopeful?

I have been pondering the approach of 2017 for awhile now.

I want to welcome the new year and all the possibilities that come with it.  Of course, a fresh start is available 365 days a year. But certainly, it is helpful to merge a fresh start with a new year.

It used to be popular to make a New Year's resolution and some people were successful, but many forgot about or just gave up on their resolution even before the end of January. The last several years there has been a trend toward selecting a word for the year. You've probably noticed that people more often talk about goals instead of resolutions for the year now. I think we are definitely moving in the right direction with these recent changes.


I strongly believe that successful change starts before the 1st day of the new year.

The following is a summarized process  I've put together to help you prepare for 2017. Of course, a different time might be better for you. Don't feel like you must start something on January 1 or not at all. The time is right when you are properly prepared.


Step 1          Discovery

Pause to think and pray about the ending year.

Grab a notebook and pen. Ask yourself a few questions. Write down your answers and any other thoughts you have about improving your life in the coming year.

  • Is God prompting me to make any changes?
  • What has been missing in my life that I could add for the new year?
  • What needs be decreased or eliminated from my life?
  • What are the causes of stress in my life?

Step 2          Decision

You have completed step 1 and now know what needs to change in your life. This leads to a pivotal point in the process. Knowing is worthless unless you wholeheartedly desire to make the change. How much do you want to change things? I can't over-emphasize the importance of your complete commitment to making the change.

Step 3        Declaration

You've gone through discovery and made a decision. Now it's time to nail it down.

  • List your goals
  • Write out a declaration of change in your notebook
  • Share your commitment with someone

Once you have completed the steps above, you are ready to start the exciting part.

Time to make a plan and prepare. I hope you like to plan because it is absolutely necessary. Preparing can be exciting and fun. It also needs to be practical.

Prepare to succeed 

  • Planning
  • Write it down

Start writing down everything that comes to mind concerning actions for your desired changes. Your plans need to be on paper.arm-1284248_640

From this point, the process is going to be different depending on what goals you decide to commit to for the new year.


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  • Happy new year!!!!!!   






Published by Lynn Bradley