Four Ways to Make 2015 the Best Year Yet

Last week I posted about setting up a 2015 growth plan. This week I want to continue that post by giving you four ways that will help you ensure that 2015 will be your best year yet.

Though there are many more than four, these are the four that have helped me continue to grow as a Christ-follower, husband and father. I believe these four can help you too.

Here are the four I believe to be the most valuable: prayer, reviewing prior year's wins and losses, specific and measureable goals, and accountability.

Prayer is one of many tools that Christ-followers have in their arsenal that can be used to make 2015 the best year we have ever experienced. 

In Jeremiah 29:13 God says through the prophet, "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." 

Prayer is one of the ways we search for God with all our heart. When we pray we should ask God to speak to us what He wants to say each time when meet with Him. Then we must be still, waiting for Him to speak. 

We can start on a path toward a goal and then hear from God that He wants us to go another direction. If we aren't in prayer then we chance missing what God wants us to do. Prayer is our life line connection to our source of life. In order for 2015 to be the best year yet, we all must be in prayer. 

Review 2014's Wins and Losses

Another way we can make 2015 the best year yet is to review how 2014 shaped out for us.

Did you hit your weight loss goal? Why or why not? You may have had a medical setback like two friends of mine did in 2014. They set out to lose 100 pounds each. They were so close to making this goal when medical issues set them back. They still lost a bunch of weight, so they are still successful in my book.

Did you memorize those 52 Bible verses? If not, could you have scaled back to something a little more attainable, but still stretching your growth? Maybe 26 would be a better number of verses to memorize.

If is important to know how the past year was for you, i.e. what habits contributed to your wins and which contributed to your losses. If you wish to make 2015 the best year yet, you must look back on 2014 with the hindsight vision you now have. 

Set Specific and Measureable Goals

One of the best books I have ever read on Leadership is The Four Disciplines of Execution. In the book the authors discuss that in order to execute any "wildly important goal (WIG)", you need to define where you are, where you want to go, and when you want to accomplish the WIG. They call it defining the X to Y by When.

Don't set a goal to read through the Bible in a year. Instead, have a goal to read three chapters in the Bible per day. Reading three chapters a day, will result in you reading the entire Bible in a year. The goal is specific, read the Bible in a year by reading three chapters a day. It is measureable because by the end of each quarter, you will have progressed a quarter of the way through the Bible at each point.

Get Some Accountability

Something that has been the most beneficial for my growth is having accountability. Since 2007 I have had a growth plan in some form. My good friend and mentor, Carl, has been the biggest supporter for me and my growth. Not only my growth with Christ, but also as a husband and father.

You need someone to have access to your growth plan. Someone you care for and who cares about you enough to hold you to a higher standard. This person should be able to ask you tough questions about your walk.

Here are two examples:

For a man, they should be able to ask you how pure your eyes are. Are you only looking at your wife in a sexual way? Have you been faithful to your wife when you see another woman by turning your attention away?

For a woman, they should be able to ask you questions about gossiping. Have you been involved in the sins of gossip, demonstrating a critical spirit, or jealousy?

There you have it, my four ways to make 2015 the best year yet. What about for you? Do you have any you would like to share? Leave me a comment below.

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