It’s almost time for a New Year—and a new decade! How will your life be better in 2020 and beyond? What choices will you make to do things differently?
Most New Year’s resolutions come and go like snowflakes on hot sand. They don’t seem to last. Instead, why not take time to reflect on and reevaluate your life so you can make better choices next year? Here are some ideas to get started:
Reflect. Review the past year. What went right? What do you want to improve?
Pray. Take time to get away by yourself to think and pray for a bit. Ask God what is on His heart for this new year and the future. Take time to be still and listen. This will be foundational and time well spent for the months ahead.
Plan. Think about the various areas of your life. Jot some notes about what you’d really like to do in 2020. Even one or two things in each category can be a start. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Here are some ideas.
Spiritual Life – I want to find (or lead) a small group or Bible study. I want to pray bolder prayers.
Relationships – I want to spend more quality time with my close friends. I want to really listen to my spouse and kids.
Health and fitness – I want to walk every day for at least 15 minutes. I want to find recipes that are easy to make and healthy.
Emotional life – I want to be more joyful. I want to let go of the past. I want to live a life of gratitude.
Finances – I want to get out of debt. I want to start saving or saving more. I want to be a generous giver.
Writing life – I want to finish the book proposal and sample chapters I’ve been working on and submit them to my agent by March 1. I want to attend at least one writer’s conference.
Believe. Lastly, believe that things really can be better. That God has a good plan for your life, not just everyone else’s. He knows and loves you so, and wants His best for you.
My prayer is that 2020 will be a positively amazing year for you. Here’s to believing for the best!
Jackie M. Johnson an author, blogger and freelance writer who inspires readers worldwide to grow a better life with hope-filled, encouraging content. Her books include, Power Prayers for Women, the breakup recovery guide When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty, and Praying with Power When Life Gets Tough. Jackie blogs for singles at “Living Single” on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk website and at the “Growing a Better Life” blog on her website, www.jackiejohnsoncreative.com. “Goals 2020” photo credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.