Looking Forward with Optimism

Pray and plan for success. Your attitude will give you power. 

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Posted in , Dec 31, 2014

Enter the New Year with optimism. Photo Aysezgicmeli, Shutterstock.

The New Year gives everyone hope of a new beginning…a fresh start. We have a choice to forget the past year or build upon the successes and failures. 

It gives us a new perspective. For most of us the wonder, mystery and magic of a New Year makes us come alive. 

Have a New Year full of optimism! Photo Aysezgicmeli, Shutterstock.William James, a famous psychologist said, “Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of your venture.” These words are absolutely right. How we begin any endeavor determines the outcome.

Will you expect the best in 2015? Do you believe that God will help you reach your best in the New Year? I strongly believe in praying and planning for success.

Every January, I reflect, pray and write out my goals with action steps. I align the goals with my values, hopes and aspirations. In Proverbs 14:15 we are reminded that a wise person carefully considers their steps.

I’m not alone, many people do the same. Yet what most often goes unchecked is our attitude. Attitude is the inward feeling expressed by our behavior. Our attitude determines our approach to the New Year…to life.  How would you rate your attitude going into 2015?

  • Never been better?
     
  • Never been worse?
     
  • Nose high?
     
  • Nose down?

Attitude is the only thing that we control and choose how to express every day. Sounds like an old cliché but it is the simple truth. Our attitude gives us power.  

Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Searching For Meaning, a person who endured the Nazi concentration camp wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms–to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” 

When there is faith in the future, there is power in the present. Pray, plan and look forward with optimism. Let’s walk into 2015 with confidence. No matter what life brings us, it’s going to be well with our soul because God is with you. Expect the best and get it in the New Year!

My prayer:

Lord, may we embrace the New Year with a positive, faith-filled attitude so that we can expect the best from You and give our best.

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