Imagine that you’re driving down a long road. This trip is different than many others, as you don’t have a navigation system or a map to follow. While your vision is clear, the destination is uncertain. Yet you know exactly where you want to end up. There are detours, exits, rest stops and obstacles along the way. Some take you down dark, empty side streets. Others lead to lush scenery and roads paved with success.
If you're going from success to success without even pausing to reflect, today is a new day. This is your opportunity to turn things around for the positive. Don’t dwell on how far you have to go. Reflect on how far you’ve already come. When you do, you’ll find that you’ve done far more than you give yourself credit for. There really is power in small successes. Even the smallest victory has value and should be celebrated. A shift in mindset will improve your energy level. You’ll accomplish more with ease. And you’ll enjoy the journey as head to your destination.
Perhaps something needs to change inside to make this your year of new beginnings. Reflecting on the tree, it has to make the best of its circumstances. While it goes through seasons, change may not be visible to others. Over the years, it builds strength to stand as it grows taller and establishes deeper roots. The next time you’re thinking about making a quick move, think of the tree. Small, gradual changes may need to take place for real transformation to occur. Personal development may not always be evident to others. Maybe, just maybe, you need to grow where you’re planted. As you build a strong core, growth will occur naturally. And you’ll find the courage to branch out and embrace new beginnings.
Get ready to reorganize your box. It’s time to reprioritize to make room for what you really want to do in life. Daily expectations have their place, but they don’t need to take up all the space. Balance is key. Goals should be big enough to stretch you yet realistic enough that you can reach them. Barriers placed around hopeful expectations hinder forward progress. Don’t limit faith and hope by shoving them to the side. Above all else, never try to fit God in a box. There will never be enough room inside.
If you want to be the best version of yourself, keep mental and physical clutter to a minimum. If not cleared away at onset, it builds up. It’s great to free up mental and physical space, but be sure you have something positive to put in its place.