Welcome to the NEW YEAR. This reality unfolds after the holidays!
Many of us are clueless as to the plans we have for the year or we are reluctant to make plans ahead. I understand the running battles to accomplish goals we have set.
I know writing plans can be tiring and exhausting while thinking of them and can also be frustrating to write. You What? I feel the same way too! Yikes!
But despite my reluctance in writing a New Year’s plan, we all need it, don’t we? What stirs my heart towards having a simple plan in the least is…
Having A Plan Is Scriptural and Wise.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28
“Counting the cost”, Jesus meant was sit down have a plan, ask questions about your intended project, analyse what you need like funds, recruiting the right people to execute and everything else in between.
If you think because you failed the previous year, there is no need to try planning again this year, let me shock you. You are wrong!
Your failures in the previous year is not an excuse to anticipate failure in the New Year!
Why You Need to Plan for 2016
1. Plans give you an idea of what you want in written form. And believe me when I say, there is power in penning down ideas. Long before the era of phones and tablets, the power of jotters have been harnessed by authors, diary keepers etc. Don’t just leave your ideas to memory. Get yourself committed by writing them down too.
2 Plans help you have sense of what works for you and what doesn’t work. If you don’t know what worked for you, then you will continue in a series of mistakes and waste precious time and resources.
3. You will find your level of capability. Sometimes we don’t know how much we are able to accomplish until we set the ball rolling through plans.
4. Plans help you commit to a greater good. I said something similar in #1. Get committed to making your life better. Like the popular cliche, no one will take you seriously unless you take yourself seriously.
5. Plans give you a sense of accomplishment. I understand the downside could be disappointment. But remember you can rework those plans. Read about it HERE.
6. You can overcome procrastination by penning things down. If you struggle with procrastination, plans are a great way to start. You can read more about overcoming procrastination HERE.
How Do You Successfully Draw Up A Plan?
1 Look over your previous plan. Before you make a New Year resolution you should ask yourself these three questions;
a. What failed? I don’t like this but let’s face it. If you don’t know where you have failed in the time past, how can you prevent a repetition?
b. What worked? What was your AHA Moment?
c. What can you differently? Reconcile the difference between what went well and what didn’t. Then choose what you can do differently.
Sometimes your success lies in make-over or do-over.
2 Choose a simple workable plan. Whether it’s for business, ministry, marriage etc be reasonable. We feel overwhelmed when we have too much on our plate.
That’s a trap to watch out for. Set goals that can be easily attained. Write out how you intend to get them accomplished too. That works for me.
3 Find an accountability partner. When you have someone to report your progress to, it gets you more committed. You can join a facebook group or a writing or reading group, whatever group(s) that share your interests.
This will help you on the long run.
4 Write it down. Do I need to say that again? YES, write it down.
5 Find the right motivation. That’s where we miss it.
We choose a good project but for the wrong reasons.
Bottom line: Whatever you choose to do in the New Year must find roots in truth, integrity and pure reasons.
6 Set a time scale: If you are a procrastinator, you will agree with me that time shakes you up. But, put it there!
7 Be flexible: Having said all, I want you to always remember despite our plans, God’s counsel prevails! Allow yourself grace when life interrupts your plan. Every plan should be subject to prayers.
I prepared a simple planner absolutely free. Simply, print out the pages you want and fill them up. Next, hold them place with pins and stickers on your office or home board.
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