Looking Back, Looking Ahead

January 1, 2019 | Get free updates of new posts here

In between amazing time with family and friends, a whole bunch of great Christmas Eve services at C4 Church, and watching all three Lord of the Rings movies I’ve had some great time to sit back, reflect on 2018, dream some new things about the future and spend time with God considering what’s next.

The opportunity to reflect and remember is an incredible privilege and one you should take seriously.

Here are some questions I’ve been asking myself over the last couple of weeks as I think about the year ahead:

What brought me the most joy?
I’m asking this question to help me focus on the two or three things that really brought joy to my life in 2018. Life isn’t all fun and games but it should be part of your life!

What was trying to happen?
I’m pretty sure this question came from a Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast episode and I love it. I’ve found it to be so helpful for evaluation and future planning. What was trying to happen around me in 2018 that I need to pay attention? Is there anything beneficial to my life, my leadership, my responsibilities that I can encourage to flourish and grow?

Where was I able to have the most impact?
As I get older my desire to impact people changes. I want to impact large groups of people in ways that are different than how I want to impact individuals or those closest to me. I’m asking this question to think about the different ways that I’m serving different kinds of people.

At the same time, the start of a new year is a great opportunity to think about what you should stop doing, not just focused on starting a bunch of things.

These questions have been helpful for me as I think about what I should stop:

Where am I spending lots of energy and not seeing enough results?
I’m asking this question to think about where I need to readjust the limited amounts of energy I can give. Maybe I need to give less, maybe I need to give more, maybe there are some things that would have significantly higher results with higher energy but I’m deciding to not focus on those things in 2019.

What am I doing that isn’t working anymore?
The world never stops changing… and neither do you. What are you doing or trying to do in 2019 which just doesn’t work anymore? Your 2015 methods may not be the best way to bring you your 2019 results.

What do I want to do but don’t have resources for right now?
Even though there are some things I’d love to do, maybe 2019 isn’t the right year for those. I’ve still got lots of dreams inside of me and I’m praying I’ve got lots of years too! So what are some steps I can take toward some dreams which may not see the light of day for years or even decades?

So that’s how I’m spending this chunk of time at the end of 2018 and hitting in to 2019.

What are some questions you’re asking to help you move forward this year?

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