At the beginning of each year, I ask myself a few simple questions as an exercise that is absolutely crucial to my growth and success in the new year. Here are five questions you can use to kick off your new year planning.

1. What Was the Biggest Milestone Accomplishment Last Year?

Identifying the biggest milestone of the year helps us to focus our energy for the next twelve months. Documenting all the ways we trusted God to get us through in certain situations, and watching his hand move in ways we never imagined builds our faith and strength for the year ahead.

2. What Challenge Did I Overcome Last Year?

Sometimes looking back on our challenges and struggles can give us a chance to remind ourselves just how strong we really are. Remembering these things can serve as an encouragement that even when hard times happen in the future (because we know they will), they will not consume us.

3. Who Did I Surround Myself With?

Whether you are 25 or 65, the people you spend your time with have a huge effect on your happiness, your future, and your sanity. If you spent a lot of time with people who were a detriment to your life, your mission and your peace of mind pray about how much of your time and your mental energy you give them in the new year.

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20)

4. How Did You Spend Your Time?

To have any growth in life, we have to dedicate time to it. For spiritual growth, we have to dedicate time for worship, prayer and reading the Bible. For physical health, we have to dedicate time to prepare healthy meals and exercise. And for the health of our business and our ministry, we have to devote time and focused attention to it.

5. What Are My Three Big Goals For This Year?

Sure we can have 20 goals if we wanted to. But I love to simplify and love things in threes. Every week I identify the three most important things that I will work on as my priority. Every morning when I start my workday, I identify three things I need to focus on above all else. Likewise, every year I also like to find three big priorities for my life in that year. Pray for clarity on what your big goals should be for this new year.

After going through these questions be sure to share what you discovered in the comments below. And don’t forget to share this Blog!

Ronne B.

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