For some 2016 has been a very rewarding year while others, including myself have experienced a whooping number of challenges and lessons. Social media outlets have been bombarded with hashtags such as #sitdown2016, #is2016overyet and #bye2016, all in the spirit of moving on and moving forward from an exhausting year of unexpected tragedy.
Right now the media is heavily focused on the deaths of many of our favorite entertainers. These back to back tragedies have left a cloud of gloom hovering over much of our nation.
The senseless murders of unarmed black people at the hands of police officers has the black community on edge and searching for God’s hand of justice in at least one of these cases.
And countless numbers of individuals are unemployed, homeless and in need of healthcare.
oh and let’s not forget the resurrection of racism in mainstream America
It’s a lot to deal with…but that’s what we do best.
We deal with the unexpected. Isn’t that what life’s about? Since no one ever really knows when tragedy or misfortune is going to strike, it’s kind of a hit or miss situation right? If many of us had the opportunity to stay home or face uncertainty a lot of people would just stay home. After all, we’re doing the best that we can with the resources and opportunities that we have.
So 2017 is right around the corner and I’m certain that it will hold its fair share of unexpected events. Start preparing now by understanding exactly where you are mentally and emotionally with all that has happened in this year and use those feelings and experiences to make a difference in the year to come.
Here are 4 quick and easy things that you can do to reset, refocus and get ready for the New Year:
- Summarize your 2016 in one word. My word for 2016 is endurance. No matter what event interrupted my peace or tried to steal my joy, I endured.
- Decide what kind of year you’ll have in 2017. 2017 is my year of Strength. No more enduring what’s handed my way but having the strength to create new opportunities that reflect my vision for my life.
- Write specific goals to accomplish in 2017. Now’s the time. No more procrastination.
- Write positive affirmations for each of the following areas of your life. Spiritual, Relational, Financial and Occupational. Post them in a visible location so that you can repeat them daily
After you complete this simple exercise, stop thinking, go out and have some fun!
Life is meant to be lived so get used to it!