It’s that time of year. Goals, resolutions, one word challenges. I have done it all. I have set goals. I have run from goals. I have made broad resolutions and I have championed a word for myself. And like you, I have found myself disappointed, frustrated, and on occasion have experienced a sense of accomplishment.
This year is different. This year has been about stepping back, so I could move forward. This year has been about letting go so I could experience more joy, more freedom. This year has been about settling into the here and now, trusting God with the future. As I have settled into this new way of thinking, living, being, I have come to realize that I don’t need new goals each year. What I need are next steps. Rome was not built in a day. I will not become the best version of myself in a years’ time. Goals take years to achieve. And often, even when we think we have arrived, we realize there is farther to go.
This year there are no new goals, just some new next steps. I have some steps I need to take again, but by in large, there are new next steps. I don’t want to rush life. I don’t want to strive and grab at life. I want to relish the lessons along the way, taking it one step at a time. I want to move past doing and continue to learn to be. I want to be content with progress, not seeking success in vain. I want to move forward more than I move backward. I want to keep perspective, remembering life is so much bigger than me. I want to live simply, to take one step at a time. Next steps will guide me this year. Next steps will bring me closer to my goals. Next steps hold promise.
What are your next steps? Give yourself permission to grow, stretch. Give yourself permission to keep the same goals. Acknowledge the accomplishments, determine what you can do more of or do better. Commit to next steps.