I love January! Okay…so I don’t necessarily love winter or cold weather, but I do love what a new year always has to offer!
January is a month of reflection, growth, goal setting, and just a fantastic month to regroup in every area of life.
With a fresh new year that has yet to be written on, I love how January offers fresh ink to create a life that is better…richer…more rewarding…and has more depth than the previous year.
While growing up, my mom would often tell me, “Kim, don’t forget AAA,” as she would lovingly remind me to make wise choices and make the most out of each year.
This has served me well throughout my adult life, so I’m going to share this life changing strategy with you!
My mom would tell me that with any situation in life—good or bad—it is wise to implement AAA:
Most people acknowledge the good or bad that happens in life. It’s pretty hard to ignore.
Many will even do the next step of accepting when something good or bad happens. Eventually you have to accept the good and bad so you don’t get stuck in life.
Not everybody will choose to act, though, or put the proper action in place to consciously grow through both the great times and tough times in life.
When you choose to implement AAA, life becomes much more purposeful. You keenly realize there is meaning behind every goal and choice. Everything has the potential to bring about incredible change, improvement and growth.
So why make resolutions or set goals? And where does AAA fit in?
To effectively make long-lasting goals, there is a strong need to get real with yourself…to acknowledge, accept, and act upon your goals. Without implementing AAA, goals can be like cotton candy: sweet and fluffy but when the first tough wave life throws at you comes, it can be watered out and quickly dissolve.
While thinking of AAA, also ask yourself, “why,” before making any resolution or goal. If you don’t understand why you’re genuinely doing something, it genuinely won’t get done.
We make January a priority for change because of many reasons, but I believe the biggest ones are:
- It’s a brand new year filled with possibilities
- We want change
- We desire a better life
- We weren’t designed by God to stay stagnant
- We want the best life has to offer for not only ourselves but our loved ones
- We love the challenge of bettering ourselves or our circumstances
- We clearly see something in our lives that has either failed or something that isn’t working, so we want to choose better, overcome, and succeed
This is why a fresh brand new year that is filled with AAA and goal setting becomes incredibly valuable! No matter what has happened in life, we are given the opportunity to choose what we want life to be. And what greater time to create a life we actually want than at the beginning of a fresh, brand new year?
Whether you are a New Year’s resolution type of person or not, think about how you’d like for 2016 to go. Write down your goals and the positive changes you’d like to make, and then choose each and every day in 2016 to make it happen. It is a daily choice! Sometimes, an hour by hour choice!
Life is a series of choices to powerfully better your life or consequence it. Each choice is either an incredible asset or a liability. So truly think through each choice life has to offer and then choose wisely.
I always think of key areas: spiritually, emotionally, mentally, health, marriage, parenting, family, work, home, hobbies, friendships, etc.
No matter if you make one, a few, or many changes or resolutions, or whether they are small or grand, be sure to make your goals your own. You have to believe in them! You can do a goal alongside others, but if you don’t personally love the goal, you’ll most likely fizzle out. You can’t set a goal just because someone else is doing it, it truly needs to originate from your own heart or be dear to your own heart.
For example, my husband absolutely hates working out. It just isn’t his thing. I have two gym memberships so I bought him a membership at one of the gyms. He didn’t use it all year long. He rocks at basketball, though, so if he made a goal of playing once or twice a week, he’d definitely stick with that. But working out at a gym was failed before it ever got started because it didn’t originate in his heart.
If you enjoy resolutions, make them your own and consider:
- areas of new potential
- what clean fresh start is needed
- renewing former goals you wish you would’ve previously seen through
- creating and meeting new goals
- the ability to make things right as far as you personally are able to in past events you wronged others
- better ways to encourage, love, and invest in your loved ones lives
- failures or shortcomings to change that you are no longer comfortable with
- getting right with God, and your spouse, children, family, and loved ones—realizing this sometimes takes time
- quitting bad habits
- taking on a personal challenge to prove to yourself your ability to achieve or overcome
- ways of growing through grief or a life challenge, learning all you can so you end up better and not bitter
Ultimately, with any resolution or goal, be reminded of God’s love and goodness, and look forward to how He will choose to work through you in 2016.
The new year holds so many awesome things: new memories, new potential, new adventures, new opportunities, new change and improvements, and new experiences.
Here’s to making 2016 the best year yet as we each seek to Acknowledge, Accept, and Act!
Gratitude & many blessings,
©2016 by Kim Niles. All rights reserved.
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