Everyone is so focused on the New Year. “I’ll see you next year!” patients told me with excitement.
I wonder why a new year is so exciting. Is it because we see it as a fresh start? Maybe. Is it because we think we get a do over? “I didn’t like how last year went, but I get another chance for this year?” Perhaps.
I contend, however that a small mental shift could give us this gusto in our everyday lives. First, God says His compassions are new every morning. You can read it for yourself in the Bible (Lamentations 3:22-23). While the law of cause and effect is very real, chances are, what you did yesterday will stay there, giving you a fresh start today. You’re forgiven; it’s in the past.
Second, realizing success is an inside job and rarely, if ever, has to do with your circumstances. You can take on whatever challenges you want, whenever you want. A New Year is not a prerequisite.
Finally, success comes from consistent effort over time with God’s help and favor. Dave Ramsey explains this with his formula:
(Consistent Effort / Time) x God
So neither a new year nor a new day are required. Decide what you want, write it down, and consistently work toward it. You can have whatever you want if you get crystal clear about exactly what it is.
Make today count. Not because it’s a new year, but because you have decided to go get what you want.