New Year’s Planning – Thankfulness


l love the idea of new beginnings along with the New Year.

For the past couple of years I have been more intentional about learning from my past year and making the new year more enjoyable – both in my professional life and my personal life.

This goes well beyond New Year’s resolutions – which typically don’t last past mid-January, on a good year. This is more big picture thinking and planning which leads to better habits and focus.

Thanksgiving is a great time to begin reflecting on your year and beginning to look forward.


Some thoughts on reflection.

Focus on your “wins!” What went well? You can learn from mistakes, and should, but spend most of your time remembering what went well – focus on your strengths.

Keep a journal throughout the year of what really worked during the year. At Thanksgiving, pull out your list and give thanks for all of it.

Looking Forward

From your “wins,” begin to think about how you can repeat and improve on those wins in the coming year.

What do you want to see on your “Thanksgiving” list of wins next year? 

Think about ways to see those things happen in the coming year. Keep this simple. Think big picture. Remember you can always make “course corrections” during the year.

God’s Mercy

I am reminded that God’s mercy is new every morning, so I don’t get to wrapped up in planning every detail of my life, but big picture thinking does improve my daily living.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


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