By: D. A. Slinkard
The only thing that stands between us and 2021 is the month of December! This has been an interesting year to say the least; and I am hopeful the next year will be better than what 2020 was. I do not believe anyone could have predicted the whacky and wild ride we experienced throughout this past year, but praise God it is almost over. I have mentioned before, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. My question for you — What is one thing you need to do differently in 2021 than what you did in 2020?
For some people, the answer is apparent, while others sometimes may have a little more difficulty. We are within the final month of 2020, the year of vision, and what is the one thing that will be a game changer for you in the upcoming year? In the three years I have been writing this column, I have spoken much about goals, clarity of thought, and having the right attitude, but I want you to be thinking about what you need to do to have a successful new year.
For myself, I need to get out of my own way. It seems quite often I end up coming up with an excuse that holds me back from accomplishing what I know I can do. I end up coming up with an excuse that holds me back from accomplishing what I know I need to do. For me, in 2021, my intention is to be more intentional. You may be like me where you know what you want to achieve, you have an idea, but sometimes you have difficulty translating what you are thinking into what you are desiring to accomplish. Be more intentional – sounds good, but what does this mean? When I think about being intentional in 2021, I am envisioning myself taking massive amounts of action.
Have you ever been sitting there with the perfect ideas running through your head of how you are going to accomplish something and then when you grab the pen and paper to take notes, the thoughts abandon you? I cannot tell you how many times I have had this happen, and I cannot tell you how many times I felt like I was just a few thoughts away from having the breakthrough “aha” moment I was seeking. As I sit here writing this column, though, I have determined that in 2021, instead of trying to get the thought process exactly the way I want, what I am going to do is take massive amounts of action to achieve that which I desire.
I have personal goals I want to achieve financially. I know what I need to do to reach this goal. Now, I need to take massive action to hit this goal. I have personal goals I want to achieve spiritually with my walk with Jesus Christ. I know what I need to do to reach this goal. Now, I need to take massive action to hit this goal. I have personal goals I want to achieve when it comes to my wife and my family. I know what I need to do to reach this goal. Now, I need to take massive action to hit this goal.
You may have noticed the repetition in the previous sentences, and this was not for you, the reader. The repetition is for me, the creator of my future. I need to familiarize myself with the concept of “massive action.” This is what I am banking the successes of my 2021 on; I need to be constantly reminded of what I am committing to. How will I do it? I will grab some post-it notes and write these two words, Massive Action, on the yellow sheet of paper. I will place these post-it notes in highly visible areas that I will see throughout the course of every day. These post-it notes need to be my reminder for what I need to do to have a successful 2021.
I ask you again, what is the one thing you need to do differently in 2021 than what you did in 2020? Now is the actionable time for you. Whatever you deem to be your game changer, do as I am doing and write the reminder on post-it notes to be a constant reminder. We cannot change what has happened the previous 365 days, but we can impact the next 365.
By: D. A. Slinkard
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