Happy New Year!
I am filled with hope for 2011 and am off to a running start! Our financial situation has never been more difficult to deal with so I am "praying like it all depends on God but working like it all depends on me."
I have started a new international business, have been working hard, and I am filled with faith that this will be my best year ever! My husband Robert is assisting me and it feels so good to be doing something together again!
Here is a verbal and written exercise I do at the beginning of each new year. This has been a family tradition since my kids were young and it can really help you start 2011 off on the right foot.
1) Share your happiest time/best memory of 2010.
2) Verbalize your goals for 2011. Write them down and share them with trusted family members or friends. Keep them displayed in a prominent place where you will be reminded of them daily. Remember that there is great power in the act of writing what you hope for. Use paper and a pen. Only use a computer for the final copy which I frame and post on my office wall each year.
3) Think big. No dream or goal is too big if God is in the center of it. I usually have 10-12 goals for the year. I don't always accomplish everything but at least I come closer than I would have had I not made them a goal in the first place!
It is tempting to spend time in doubt and worry yet at the end of the day there is no point in it. I encourage you to make a positive plan for success today. Write it down, put it in a visible place, pray about it, stick to it!!
" Our doubts are traitors, that make us lose the good, we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."
Shakespeare As the Bible puts it...
"For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11