We are at that exciting point in time when one year is about to close and a brand new year is about to unfold. People everywhere are reflecting on the previous 12 months and setting goals for the 12 to come. Maybe this year was exceptional and maybe it was lousy, but there’s always something thrilling about a new year. A clean slate. A fresh start. A brand spankin’ new chapter just waiting to be written.
What are you going to write?
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What is Intentional Living?
Over the past few years, intentional living has become a passion and a priority for me. Intentional living has become a bit of a buzzword these days, but it basically means that you create the kind of life you desire and the life that God has designed for you. You don’t coast along, you don’t play the victim, and you don’t just let life happen. Rather, you build, you create, and you achieve, with plans and with purpose.
Want to learn how to get more out of life? I highly recommend John Maxwell’s book Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters!
I have two motivations for living an intentional life. One is my vision for motherhood. When I decided I was ready to be a mom, I did so because I caught a vision for what God intended for parenthood. As Psalm 127:4 says, they were going to be my “arrows in the hands of a warrior.” Raising kids for the Kingdom doesn’t just happen, however. It takes great determination and a whole lot of work! I know that if I don’t remain intentional and ever vigilant of my vision, the demands of everyday life will end up distracting me from my purpose.
My second motivation is the Parable of the Talents, found in Matthew 25. At the end of my life, I want God to say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I don’t want to have frittered my life away, hiding my time, my skills, and my resources for safekeeping, or out of convenience. I want my life to have meant something, and I want to be faithful in the little as well as the much. And, again, that takes intention.
What are your intentions for the new year?
What are your intentions for the new year? What do you want to achieve? What changes do you want to make?
The new year is wide open with potential. What do you want it to look like? Even better, what do you want it to be used for?
One of the best things you can do to make the most of your year is set goals. These should not be abstract or fuzzy. They shouldn’t be statements like, “Be healthier,” or “Improve my time management.” Rather, they should be concrete and measurable. You should know exactly what successful achievement of your goals will look like. Here’s a good acronym for you for effective goal setting:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time-based
Resources for a Knock ‘Em Dead Year!
5 Days to Your Best Year Ever! | Michael Hyatt
I was introduced to Michael Hyatt’s words of wisdom this past year, and I became a huge fan! He has so many resources that will help you increase your productivity, set goals, and reach your potential. Check out his website, sign up for his email newsletter, read his ebooks, and listen to his podcasts.
Unfortunately, registration for this year’s course is now closed, but go ahead and sign up for updates on future enrollment! When you sign up, you’ll receive a free download of his book Achieve What Matters in 2017: 8 Strategies Super-Successful People Are Using Now to Accomplish More This Year.
Make Over Your Year | MoneySavingMom.com
I have been a huge fan of Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com for several years now, and I love everything she produces. I took her Make Over Your Evenings course last year, and it made a huge impact on my productivity and my attitude. (Read my full review here.)
Make Over Your Year is a 4-week goal setting course that she and her husband put together to help people achieve the big dreams they have for their lives. I have not taken the course myself, but I have heard great things about it!
As I said, I’m a huge fan of Crystal’s courses and teachings. Here are some of her other most popular resources:
More from Crystal Paine:
Grocery University – I have taken this course, and it is well worth the money! If you apply even a few of the tips she offers, you will make those $10 back in no time!
15 Days to a Healthier You – this one is brand new!
How to Plan Your Best Year Ever | LivingWellSpendingLess.com
I love love love Ruth Soukup and her blog Living Well Spending Less. This was a fantastic article on effectively planning different areas of your life. While you’re there, feel free to lose yourself in a rabbit trail of blog posts because she is the bomb at planning and productivity. I’ve haven’t read anything of hers yet that wasn’t full of useful information.
Goal-Setting & Productivity Books from the Experts
– 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
– Put Your Dream to the Test by John Maxwell
– Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
– Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg
– Goal Setting: The Ultimate Guide To Achieving Goals That Truly Excite You by Thibaut Meurisse
Read my e-book!
Okay, shameless plug: I wrote a mini-ebook a couple months ago called How to Organize Your Entire Life: The Ultimate Answer for a Cluttered Mind. In it, I explain how I’ve learned to compensate for my naturally scattered brain (that’s only gotten worse with each baby!), and I teach readers my system for planning and organizing my life. This system has resulted in huge increases in my productivity, a greater sense of peace and calm, and better performance in my professional and personal life.
If those sound like results you need in your own life, then get your FREE copy by clicking the link or the picture below:
Those are just a few ways that can and will help you achieve great things in the coming year. Remember, you have 365 days that you get to decide what to do with. Seek the Lord’s guidance and direction, cast a vision, and dream BIG!
I pray for favor and blessings in every area of your life, and that you will see mighty works of God in the year to come.
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