Beginning Again…Again

There’s something about a new year that helps us to mentally and emotionally step back, take a deep breath, and say, “Let’s try this again.” It’s a fresh slate. Anything is possible in a new year because the whole year is in front of us. Almost everyone says, “This year it’s going to be different.” At the outset of a new year we feel like we can start over.

The ironic thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that nearly everyone makes them but my guess is that not nearly as many people keep them. I’m sure that the vast majority of people who make those resolutions fully intend to follow through on them. But, nonetheless, they’re a distant memory once life cranks up in January.

As I’ve been thinking about the fresh slate that is 2012, I’m reminded of something I once heard Andy Stanley say. It’s something he calls the principle of the path…

Your direction, not  your intentions, determine your destination.

In other words, if you intend to make something new a priority yet do nothing to change the way you spend your time, nothing will change. If you intend to spend more time with your kids in 2012 yet do nothing to change the way you spent your time in 2011, nothing will change. If you intend to accomplish a goal in 2012 and you don’t take any proactive steps in that direction, chance are, you won’t reach your goal. The reality is, your direction, NOT your intentions, determine your destination.

What’s going to be different for you in 2012?

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