Lessons Learned in 2016

I hope you all had the merriest Christmas! I see this week between Christmas and New Years as an invitation to prepare well for the year ahead. For the past three years, I have used PowerSheets to take stock of the previous year and set new goals for the one ahead. My process has looked vastly different this year, as I am taking Lara Casey’s advice and making a mess within the pages. I’ve cut the flowery words, applied what I learned at Making Things Happen in October, and rolled up my sleeves to do the good work. Y’all, the work has been such a sweet gift!

One of my favorite steps so far has been writing out my lessons learned in 2016. This year was hard but it has ultimately been the most beautiful year, too. It has yielded incredible growth and equipped me with lots of knowledge to apply as I move forward. While I tend to lean away from reflective personal posts these days, I’m sharing these snippets today in hopes that they will be a blessing to those who read them. Enjoy!

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Lessons Learned in 2016:

— We really can renew our minds in Christ. I had heard this scripture countless times, but this year I finally realized its worth. We have the incredible gift of God’s willingness to renew our minds through prayer, the reading of His word, and letting go of that which was never meant for us to carry.

— The roots must be pulled. Prior hurts, mistakes, worries, and fears are best removed when traced back to the source and pulled at the root. This often takes hard work, patience, and help from trusted people, but it’s so worth it.

— Stress is never, ever worth it and it comes at a high price. I’ve seen it cost others their good health, relationships, success at work, and joy. While there is good stress that can be helpful in certain situations, it should not be a regular mode of operation.

— In all things, release control to God. Life is much more fulfilling when we stop trying to do it all on our own.

— God knows better than I do and His timeline and method might be different than mine.

— Good health is so valuable and worth fighting for. Proper nutrition, regular exercise, and being informed are all excellent ways to invest in our health. The payoff is huge when we are proactive with our health and treat the source of any issues instead of bandaging the symptoms.

— Personal responsibility is not the same thing as control. It seems silly as I type it, but I used to think that assuming responsibility for my time and resources was taking control that was meant for God. Instead, I now see it as the privilege we get to have in taking good care of the things He gives us.

I believe we can learn so much from each other, and so would love to hear any lessons or wisdom you gleaned from this year in the comments below! 

While I benefit greatly from PowerSheets, you do not need to buy any products to prepare well for the year ahead. Lara offers a great step-by-step guide through her blog’s annual goal setting series.

 

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