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Happy New Year!
And yes, I know that it’s mid February. This blog is off of sabbatical and we’re still celebrating! So again, Happy New Year to you! On PURPOSE!
The Pictures: February 10, 2013 was the start of the Chinese New Year. I hit DC to grab a few pictures from the ceremony after the parade. I really enjoyed it. Hope you like.
The Chinese theme for this year is “Year of the Snake.” It’s weird to me because the snake isn’t a welcomed animal in Chinese society. For that matter, it’s not very welcomed in most American homes either. It was kind of challenging for me to wrap my mind around that – there’s a yearly theme of something unpleasant and deadly? How’s that make everyone feel? I wouldn’t make me feel good at all.
I began to think of how so many times, we all say Happy New Year to others and even to ourselves with the intent on the year actually being ‘happy.’ We intend to make improvements and be a better person. Can you relate? Still, too often we bring many of the same negative behaviors, pessimistic people and unhealthy mentalities into our new years; they can’t be very happy that way. I’m guilty of this way too often.
February may be halfway over, but now is a GREAT time to evaluate what’s happened in your life for the first 45 days of 2013. Are you having a happy new year on purpose?
I did my 45-day review and here are SEVEN QUESTIONS (more like seven areas) I asked myself:
- What have I accomplished so far this year?
- Are my 2013 goals “S.M.A.R.T.” (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound)?
- Am I being mentored (or coached) by someone you trust? Are they pouring life into you? What can I do to improve this relationship?
- Am I mentoring another and building trust? Am I you pouring life into him? What steps can I take to be a better mentor?
- What drove me and motivated me in 2012? What will I allow to drive me in 2013?
- Am I working in my God-given purpose? Have I helped others find and walk in their purpose also?
- Are my friends pulling me up, supporting me where I am, or pushing me down? What will I do about it?
These are what I call ‘grand scheme’ questions. Answering them doesn’t fix my life, but they do allow me to see whether or not I’m on the right path. Once I see my situation with honest eyes, I can begin to target the sections in my life that need improvement. It’s a slow and difficult change, but worth it and very rewarding.
Take some time to ask yourselves these questions. Get to the point where you enter the New Year speaking life into your existence; don’t just go through the motions. When we say Happy New Year to others and ourselves, we’ll really mean it and the routine evaluations will solidify it. That’s what I want for myself and for you also – a HAPPY year – on PURPOSE!
In your hands: Did I miss something? What are some of the questions you ask yourself when you do personal evaluation? How often to you check your personal progress? Let me know and let’s discuss!
Today, I’m thankful for being better in 2013 than in 2012. I’m thankful that you are also! God bless!