Your Choice…

New Year.

New Beginning.

Fresh Start.

Anything can happen.

Even if nothing looks like its going to be different from last year, YOU can choose to make it different. To make it better.

YOU can choose to have a better attitude.

YOU can choose to speak better words.

YOU can choose to become the person that you want to be.

Obviously with the New Year having just begun, lots of people have been making resolutions for the year. Some of you may laugh at the concept, others may take it really seriously. I for one NORMALLY thing resolutions are dumb. But this year there is a freshness in the air. The whole idea of it being a new year and a fresh start gets me really excited. So this year I love the idea.

I have written down many goals I want to achieve this year. But my one overall goal and theme for my year is ‘I want to become someone I am proud of’. I want to get to this time next year and look back on my year and be proud of the person that I have been and the way that I have lived.

I look back over 2016 and I can’t say that about myself. I’m not proud of the person I became or the way that I lived.

Don’t get me wrong, of course there was great times throughout the year. But for a lot of the year I made some pretty bad choices.

I can sit here and play the victim card and say that Anxiety caused me to become that person. Yes anxiety did kick my butt last year, it robbed me of a lot of life. BUT I made my own choices last year. Choices that did not help me, in fact they did the polar opposite.

I made choices that led to me losing friends.

I made choices to be a grumpy colleague/employee with a bad attitude.

I made choices to gossip and smack talk people who in actual fact mean a whole lot to me.

I made choices to be lazy and sit on butt and eat crap food which led to me becoming pretty unhealthy and back to hating what I see in the mirror.

I could go on and on with the bad choices I made, but thats not what this is about.

It’s a new year! Time for a fresh start! Anything can happen.

Doesn’t that excite you? This year ahead is full of endless choices and opportunities that could change your life for the better…or not.

What are YOU going to choose?

I for one choose to become someone that I am proud of. I know I won’t always get it right…but ill give it my best shot.

I have a whole list of practical things that I can do and choices that I can make to be someone that I am proud of. Instead of trying to be them all at once I am starting with 2 things…and then i’ll go from there. Wanna hear them? You have to because this is my blog.

Numero Uno: I want to be someone of my word. Let my yes be yes and my no be no. If I say I’m coming, i’ll be there. I won’t wait for a better offer. I don’t care what the world says about us Millennials…I choose to be different. I will be a person of my word.

Numero Dos (why am I counting in spanish??): I want to be intentional with people. With my friends, with my family, with people that I meet. I want to be a giver, not a taker. I want to be generous with my time and my words. My phone is not more important then you. I want to show love and kindness….I mean….its what my name means so I should probably live up to it.

So theres my starting points …and then we will go from there. Laugh at me all you like with my new years resolution….but I’m in…all the way.

What kind of person do you want to be this year? Or even beyond this year? You don’t become a different person overnight, it takes time and choices.

Position yourself now to become the person you want to be in the future.

If you want to be a Doctor, you position yourself at high school by taking the right subjects to get you into uni, and then by studying for many years at uni before actually becoming a Doctor..and then keep studying to become a better Doctor. It takes time and hard work.

In the same way, the KIND of person you want to be takes positioning yourself now and putting in hard work and effort.

Life throws us curveballs all the time. Some of those curveballs are really really hard. But the kind of person you are, your character, is what either stands up and gets you through….or makes you crumple.

Take up your position, stand firm……and the Lord will be with YOU. – 2 Chronicles 20:17