2 Ways to Make 2019 Your Greatest Year Yet!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of any more worthwhile pursuits than stoking the fire of enthusiasm. Searching deep within you and around you to identify new reasons for excitement, passion, and belief.

In my previous job we used to always say, “Day by day in every way, by the grace of God, I’m becoming greater and greater.” Do you believe this? The next step is to deepen your conviction as to why you are growing and why the future will be better than the past.

As the 2018 calendar year winds down, I want to share with you two ways to make 2019 your greatest year yet!

Learn what it means to truly give: to give unconditionally and without expectation of return.

I have two amazing examples of this in my life and they have one common denominator – their generosity, which is rooted in their faith in their Creator.

  • For years, my Mom and Dad have given countless hours in serving through prison ministry. Organizing the efforts and teams, preparing the lessons, inviting those released over for dinner, and so on. Many times, they were not seeing the positive fruits of their efforts quickly, only the relapses and setbacks in those they thought were progressing. However, through their consistent giving, every week more and more lives are being liberated and families are being restored.
  • After graduating from Harvard, Dan Moore had plenty of career opportunities to choose from, but his choice was to devote the next 41 years of his life to serving university students around the world with the Southwestern Company. I can say, with all certainty, I’ve never met a person more dedicated to lifting others up. I’ve traveled in many parts of the world with Dan and have seen the ripple effect of his giving. Tens of thousands of people instantly smile when they hear this name and fondly recall how Dan has impacted their lives.

Giving does not have a deadline or an expiration date. It is a way of life and the most important ingredient in living joyfully. The true benefit of generosity, for the giver, is not a material advantage but an inner revolution. We become more fluid and more willing to risk. We put less stock in possessions and more in people.

Learn how to lose, how to fail, and how to fall short. Specifically, how to lose with grace, fail with perspective, and fall short with a renewed resolve to be better!

These circumstances are inevitable for each of us – this year, this week, even this day, we will experience different levels of at least one of these setbacks and how we come out of it will define us.

I’ve studied the phenomenon of resiliency quite a bit over the past few years. It is a muscle that must be exercised and developed, just like the rest of our muscles.

In his best-selling book, The Resiliency Advantage, the late Al Siebert, PhD, writes:

Highly resilient people are flexible, adapt to new circumstances quickly, and thrive in constant change. Most important, they expect to bounce back and feel confident that they will. They have a knack for creating good luck out of circumstances that many others see as bad luck.

Every setback I’ve faced has made me better. Better enabled to parent, to live a disciplined and grateful life, to impact clients I work with, and so on. I believe this to my core. I would be a hypocrite then, if going forward I only resisted failures and lived in fear.

It’s your time!!

I challenge you to embrace these ideas and to come up with other ways to stoke your fire!


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