Another New Year has come and gone and if you’re anything like me, your Facebook timeline is jam-packed with friends and family posting all of their fabulous resolutions for 2017. I have to admit, I am guilty of it myself. I have set a bunch of long-term and short-term goals that I would like to accomplish this year. Some of these goals have kind of rolled over from last year; things I had fully intended to do but just never got around to. Some are brand new and have sprouted from last year’s experiences. In the end, this ritual of setting goals or resolutions for the new year is cloaked in good intentions. I mean, the purpose behind setting goals is to make the coming year and everything in it better than last year, right? We resolve to lose weight, live healthier, find more satisfying and higher paying jobs, spend more time with family…the list goes on. Rarely do I ever see anyone resolve to stay at the job they hate, vow to go bankrupt, and refuse self-improvement at all costs although it is still early in the year. 🙂
So what do you do if you enter the new year and your life is in complete and utter chaos? What if you’re not even at a good starting point? What if you don’t have a plan, don’t know where to start, don’t feel motivated to do a ding-dang thing other than what you have been doing? What if your life is a complete mess and you have no idea where you’re going or what you’re doing?
There’s good news…you are just fine.
As a matter of fact, you are probably more fine than you think. You are most likely part of the overwhelming majority of people in this world to have learned the hard way that sometimes life has to get messy in order to get to the good stuff. Case in point; if you want a home-cooked meal, you’ve got to dirty the kitchen. If you want to spring clean your house, you’ve got to pull everything out of the closets and sort through your crap. If you want to remodel your home, you’ve got to do the demo. If you want to go fishing, you’ve got to dig up the worms. You get the picture. I could do this all day.
My point is that just because it’s January 1st (or 2nd…sorry, I’m a bit behind the power curve in posting!) that doesn’t automatically mean your life is going to just fall into place. Anyone can put resolutions on a piece of paper but your life is not going to change until you put action behind the words. Start where you are and go from there. Stand up in the middle of your mess and own it, but don’t unpack and live there. You’ve got stuff to do; a clean slate on which to write whatever you want. Don’t fool yourself into believing that you have to fit into someone else’s picture of happiness. You’re in the driver’s seat. You make the choices and you own the results. Most of all, you’ve got this. Good or bad, this year is going to rock because at the end of the day we’re all a little messy…and that’s just fine.
What did you think of this post? Was it helpful? Did you totally hate it? I’d love to hear your thoughts and, if you’re up to it, let me know what kind of good stuff you’ll be doing in the new year.
Wishing you all a wonderful year full of peace, love, prayer, and abundance!
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