We have stepped into the New Year! How are you feeling? Have you been working out, exercising, and eating right or whatever your resolution was? Have you said so long to social medial or announced that you are deleting “friends”…lol that is funny to me. At the end of every year we all start making promises to ourselves, then announcing them to the world. I have never really been big fan of announcing what I am about to do. I am more of a fan of the Nike slogan, Just Do It! Have you already lost your zeal? Are you moving into the month still on task or did you dip? You know what dip is, betrayed yourself because that is what is what it is.
Our resolutions are usually about superficial things that really don’t require much effort. I have rarely seen someone post or say I am going to be a better person or I am going to go back to my dreams. That would be pretty bold, don’t you think? The people reading and listening would think you are crazy. If you say that in the company of a bold negative person they might laugh then point out something THEY think you should change.
I used to wonder why people didn’t stick to their resolution. Why every year they were saying New Year New Me but looking exactly the same, doing the same thing and ANNOUNCING the same slogan at the end of every year moving into the next year. It occurred to me that I used to do it too! Why promise to make a change next year that was necessary for me to be better NOW. It takes 21 days to create a new good or bad habit.
New Year, Next Level is how I live my life. What that means is I started dreaming again. I made my dreams my goals. I didn’t announce to the world the COMMIMTMENT that I had made to myself. I didn’t have a point to prove. I discovered many of my dreams are God-given. They are my purpose, yours too. I think back to some of my accomplishments. Some were what others thought I should accomplish. The others were things that I dreamed of doing, those made me happy the most.
I remember being asked what I wanted to do when I grow up. I wanted to travel the world writing after my children grew up. I have done WHOLE bunch of things since my 8-year-old response. I have children and published several books. My happy points, my next level stuff came after I accomplished a dream. Go back to your dreams! Go all the back to your room at mama’s house or your grandma’s house. Get those dreams out of the closet dust them off. Try them back on. Do they feel tight? Flex your muscle and stretch them. It won’t feel comfortable until you make it a goal.
The real reasons why WE fail to maintain our resolutions is because we have forgotten to live our dreams. It is difficult to make a superficial promise and keep it when you can’t keep a commitment to your being. Stop living the life of a zombie. Let go of the same people, places or things that aren’t a benefit to your purpose. When you live in who you were divinely created to be, your next level begins. Your dreams are your heart’s desires.
God will give you the desires of your heart because He gave you the desires of your heart, purpose. It is time to live a next level life and only YOU can create it! Stop existing and start living your dreams by making them your goals. You won’t ever have to make another promise to yourself again about the New Year because your GOAL will be your Next Level EVERYDAY.