2016 is a leap year. Look ahead and learn seven principles to make it happier.
Why a Leap Year?
With the addition of Monday, February 29, we will have 366 days to get stuff done or an extra day to do nothing at all.
According to timeanddate.com, leap years are needed to keep our modern day calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to circle once around the Sun. If we didn’t add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!
Why Look Before?
Because it is a NEW year, not just another year. If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you always got. Instead of just reacting to whatever comes your way, plan ahead by being prayerful, intentional and alert using these seven principles:
- The solution to resolutions is programming. More than just planning, programming provides realistic action steps that lead to accomplishment of goals by predetermined dates with reward and recognition. Start now! List what goals you want to accomplish by when.
- Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent. It is the practice of the right things that leads to right outcomes based on proven principles and skills everyday one-step-at-a-time.
- Quit trying and start training. It’s not how hard you try, but how well you train. For example, “Applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7)
- Put off and put on. Training for life change and a new you requires two decisions followed by continuous exercising: “With regard to your former way of life, put off your old self … be made new in the attitude of your minds; and put on the new self …” (Ephesians 4:22-24)
- Turn yourself inside out. Real change begins on the inside. New and right beliefs lead to new and right decisions, which produce new, right and better outcomes. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
- Make yourself accountable. Ask someone you respect and trust to be an accountability partner to whom you report weekly. “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
- Walk with God. He will hold your hand through the miracle of life change, even when you stumble. “When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.” (Psalm 37:24)
Set Goals Worth Getting
We cannot tell you how many people we have met who have climbed the ladder of success, only to discover it’s leaning against the wrong wall. They may have fame and fortune, but they feel alone and relationally bankrupt. They may have recognition and rewards, and yet they mourn, “Is that all there is?”
Set goals worth getting. Not only explore who you are, but also whose you are. He is God, the One Person Who writes history, because it is His story. That is why He says,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
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