We have started receiving Christmas letters from friends all over the country. They are fun, energetic letters telling of all the wonderful things that were done last year. I always enjoy reading them, but I must confess that it has been years since I have written one. I was actually considering sitting down and writing one for this year, when I came up with a better idea. The reality is that anyone who even remotely cares knows all my family’s highlights from social media already, so I am going to write my 2017 Christmas letter. This may leave you wondering one of two things: is she being extremely efficient so that she feels less hectic next year or has she gone a little crazy? Please give me a minute to explain and it might make sense to you.
Although I believe there is definite value in remembering what has happened in the past – enjoying fun times and learning from the bad, I want to start intentionally focusing on the future. My idea of writing next year’s Christmas letter now is because I still have the power to choose what happens. Most of us go into a new year with a lackadaisical attitude of “let’s see what happens.” I don't want to wait and see what happens, I want to CHOOSE what happens. Click To Tweet W. Clement Stone has been quoted as saying “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” I want to clearly define my purpose for 2017 and then go out and achieve it. Click To Tweet
I can already hear some of you saying, “That is all well and good, but you can’t control everything that happens.” Although that is true, I contend that we have more control than we think we do. Charles Swindoll said it this way, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” I am done being a victim of life – I am going to start using the power that God has given me to take control and live intentionally the life that I have always dreamed about, regardless of what life throws at me.
So, what about you? If you were to write your 2017 Christmas letter, what would be in it? Is this the year that you get that promotion at work? Is this the year you decide to go for it and get the job you always wanted? Or, what about your health – is this the year you buckle down and get in shape and lose that extra weight? Or maybe it’s about gaining control of your finances, restoring a family relationship or going on that vacation you have always dreamed about. Whatever it is, write it down. Brag about it like it is going to be the perfect year!
I am guessing that if you actually allowed yourself to start dreaming about the perfect year that you have a smile on your face. How happy would you be at this time next year if you actually did all that you wrote about? Writing this letter is just step one and, admittedly, it is the easy and fun part. The next step is to work backwards and write goals that will move you toward that perfect year. I have written other resources that can help you write and achieve your goals, you can start reading these blogs by clicking here. Then, you will have to make the intentional choices every single day to move you toward that goal. You can do it. It won’t always be easy, but if you stick with it, I can promise you that it will be worth it!
So, let’s do it. Let’s write our 2017 Christmas letters and then do whatever it takes to make them come true. If you are willing to do this with me, please let me know in the comments below! And – if you haven’t signed up for my free e-book yet, I would suggest that you do so now. It has valuable content on living a purposeful life!