As the short days and early sunsets remind us daily, the year 2017 is nearly over.
The natural cycles of increasing light and the promise of future warmth make it natural to think about what new foundations for future growth can be made now.
I am making a few New Years Resolutions myself with categories based on the scripture in Luke 2:52, which I quoted a few days ago. Specifically, during 2018 I resolve to:
- read books for more time than I spend on social media (increased wisdom)
- sign up, train for, and complete a sprint triathlon (increased stature)
- spend time reading all four standard works (favor with God)
- improve at giving gifts by giving more gifts (favor with man)
As with all habits, at some point in the process, it shifts from an activity you initiate to one that is subconscious and automatic. To get over the hurdle of creating a new habit, there are a number of steps to take, including:
- Choose your initial phrasing of the goal deliberately
- Create new sequences with deliberate triggers to initiate a routine
- Regularly celebrate your incremental successes
- Improve your learned optimism response for when things don't go right
- Take the time to report your success/failures and reflect on your experiences to gain wisdom
Building the future you that you want takes time and it won't be without down cycles. But in all of this, I find nature to be the best schoolmaster for what is possible with time and pressure as one understands and leverage natural cycles.
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