7 Tips to Prepare for 2017 Opportunities
As I am writing today's post, the road crews are on our street, paving it with a fresh, new surface. They scraped away the top layer of the old asphalt, leaving the bottom layer to create a firm foundation and they are now applying the new. No more potholes, cracks or bumps. Wouldn't it be great if we could do that with our lives? I believe we can as we prepare for 2017 opportunities.
With 2017 drawing closer, it's a reminder that each new year brings us an opportunity to grow, make discoveries and transform into more of what God has in mind for us.
God has given us the foundation and wants us to be forward-thinking. Unfortunately many of us have trouble letting go of past events, people, opinions, things, places and activities in order to progress, even if their season has passed and they no longer serves us in a healthy way.
When all of the coaching is said and done and it is time for you or your client to make decisions and act, it's important to remember that implementing these changes can be a very daunting task. The reason implementation can be difficult is that whenever we move forward toward a goal, we also move away from the familiar and leave behind some or all of what existed in a previous season.
"The reason implementation can be difficult is that whenever we move forward toward a goal, we also move away from the familiar and leave behind some or all of what existed in a previous season." ~ Leelo Bush
We should honor our past but not let it hold us back. God is doing a new thing in this season and we don't want to miss it. But in order to gain its fullness, there will be things we need to let go of.
This is the side of coaching that we almost never hear about. We are so focused on moving forward that we may forget the discomfort or pain associated with leaving certain things behind.
God has called you to step into the new you. And that can be difficult when you don't see the complete picture yet and only have the memories of your past to sustain you. It's no wonder that we cling to familiar things and people from our past, beyond what seems reasonable to others.
The coming year will present new opportunities and you need to be prepared to identify them so you can harness them. Opportunities often arrive in the disguise of more work, but take a closer look. You will soon see their value if you are willing to commit.
"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them."
~ Ann Landers
I greatly value the relationship that you and I have. I am in the center of my purpose when I am supporting you to live at the center of yours. Keep grabbing hold of opportunities and building relationships with people who are ahead of you so that you can learn from them. That knowledge will propel you forward toward your destiny.
"You are the average of the 5 people you spend the
most time with." ~ Jim Rohn
Below I have some tips for you to use personally and share with your clients, to help you get closure and peace to let go and move forward into your bright, new season. Remember everything in our past happened to prepare us to become more compassionate, grateful, experienced and confident.
Now, when faced with a new challenge, you know that with God you can say, "I can do this!"
But what if this year's events are causing you to process some type of loss that you have experienced. Give yourself an opportunity to feel your emotions but also know that you are stronger than you think. God created you for such a time as this and you have within you everything you need to take your next step forward.
- Accept that you are not able to change the past but you do have control over the meaning you give it.
- Do your best to remove things from your life that trigger negative emotions, at least until you feel stronger and more capable of dealing with them.
- Don't try to pretend that the past has no influence on today. Who you are today is a composite of what you took away from your life experiences. You are now able to help others in a unique way because of where you have been.
- Spend daily, quiet time with God. Tell Him how you honestly feel and ask Him to open your heart to the future He has for you. Remember, God's plan is always good but sometimes we have to walk through some things to prepare us for it.
- Start a gratitude journal. Get a notebook and each morning after your quiet time, write down three things you are grateful for. This is a great time to do it because you will be feeling positive and peaceful. And then make a commitment to be a blessing to at least one other person that day.
- Don't allow regrets to cloud your thinking. You had reasons to make the decisions you made in your past. Today is a new day and you are a smarter, better version of
you because of your experiences.
- Cut loose any thought that has become harmful or toxic. Focus instead on hopeful and positive thoughts. If necessary, forgive yourself and forgive others.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~ Philippians 4:8
The new year will be here before you know it. Now is the time to prepare for 2017 opportunities. To do so, we need to clear our minds and lives of unneeded baggage so that we can powerfully walk through doors that open. Get closure on 2016 now to make 2017 your best year yet!
"Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you missed them."
~ William Arthur Ward
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