It’s a new year and you have an opportunity to take it and start with a clean slate, go for it! I love that about January 1st, it just feels like the whole world gives you an opportunity to change so why not embrace it?! Here’s what I would recommend.

Sit down and make a list of the things you want to accomplish. Once that is done, if it’s more than 12 things, eliminate a few or at least put them in categories and rank them 1-3 so you can focus on a few to start with. I do 12 personal goals and 12 goals for the church I pastor and have them in separate lists. Doing it this way has proved to work for me. Last year for instance, I accomplished 10 of 12 church goals and 6 of 12 personal goals. (The ones I fell short of were so close! For example, I read 90 books and reviews and my goal was 100)

Once the list is made, put it in a place you will see it daily. That’s important! Out of sight, out of mind. I put mine in the cover of my daily journal.

Then go for it! No need to tell someone your goals, just have the list close by and let it speak to you every time you see it. As you look at the list, ask yourself, “What step can I take today toward a goal on this list?” Then, take that one step. If you do this day after day, week after week, month after month, you’ll be surprised at what you accomplish one step at a time!

Let’s agree, 2013 is the year to change before you have to!