January and August are two great times of year. In August, we start a brand new school year with brand new students. Vision fresh on the mind, goals and expectations set high and we go. Then the winter hits, frustrations arise and we fall back into the same old routine. But here is January and we have another opportunity to set goals, resolutions and expectations for a fresh year.
January is a great time for new goals, but think long term and not just 2012. As Mark Batterson says here, “Don’t just dream big, think long.” He claims “we tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in 2 years, but we underestimate what we can accomplish in ten years.” What are those goals you’ve always wanted to accomplish? Relationships you’ve wanted to mend? Dreams you’ve felt God promise? Aim long with these things and dream bigger than just the next 12 months.
Maybe it is time to start dreaming again, but don’t just dream as ‘someday’, dream and make some tangible goals and steps toward those dreams. Maybe you won’t finish them all this year, I know I didn’t accomplish all my goals from last year, or even the year before that, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming and stepping forward again.
It may also be a good time to take those goals you’ve failed in the past, and reevaluate them for 2012. What is the new game plan that will help you accomplish them this time? I set a few monstrous goals in the past and failed, but I’m reevaluating them to do what I can to accomplish those same goals this time around. Failure is not bad, we can always learn from it. I’m hopeful, and you should be too. It’s a new start, what are you going to do with it?