“Happy New Year” often seems like a trite expression or even a vain hope. Each year we seem to fall into Christmas glad the year has come to an end. Down-time between Christmas and New Year has us reflecting on the year past and making decisions for the one ahead, resulting in resolutions we hope will lead to a more satisfying year.
Why are so many New Year’s resolutions broken? Is it because they are hard to quantify, unrealistic or not important enough to us? Or do we not give sufficient thought to the commitment we are making Like any goal we set, a New Year’s resolution needs to be measurable, committed and achievable.
I am a planner and goal setter. I love goals because they are motivating and rewarding. I love writing diary entries and marking off my daily task lists.
But I see a New Year’s resolution more in terms of personal development and character building, rather than things I want to accomplish, things that will stretch me and make me a better person, more easily able to perform my tasks and to develop and sustain strong relationships with colleagues, friends, family and God.
This year’s resolution is to become a better communicator. That may appear somewhat immeasurable, but personal development is about the process. I have purchased a University lecture series on Communication which addresses every aspect of the subject This will take me several months but it will help me in my work connections and responsibilities, and personal relationships.
We are all born to be leaders, of that I have no doubt. Whether we lead 1, 10, 50, 100 or 1000 will depend on what we do about it. As we focus outside of ourselves we will experience greater rewards and satisfaction than if we live solely for our own pleasure.
There is nothing like leadership to develop and hone your skills and character. Think about the areas you would like to further develop, grow or achieve in. MOPS offers many leadership opportunities to use your abilities and stretch you beyond your comfort zone. Take advantage of leadership training including MOPS Conferences and Regional Training Days (RTDs) this year. They are offered for your benefit.
I sincerely wish you a Happy New Year one that will extend you beyond who you currently are and what you can currently do, and may you come to the end of the year thanking God for every day.
1 Peter 4: 8-11 (The Message)
Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless – cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so that all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident to all in everything through Jesus, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything – encores to the end of time. Oh Yes!