Once midnight hit and 2016 officially began nothing changed other than the date. Even the energy around you was the same. If you looked around there was nothing that you could identify that miraculously happened at 12am. Your waist didn’t suddenly shrink. Your bank account didn’t suddenly triple. Yet, the great thing, is absolutely everything has the potential to change. And it can change this year. One thing is consistent you are the determining factor as to how 2016 treats you.

Even if you only have a little inkling deep inside you to make a change, listen! And make a significant change today that supports and feeds that deep, down urge to do something different. You know you aren’t happy with everything in your life today, so do the courageous thing and use your energy to change the “old” energy. Out with 2015 and in with something new for 2016.

If you want anything to change you have to fight for it. You have to fight to get away from your old way of doing things. I say fight because you – your mindset, thoughts, perspective, and environment are all conducive to you remaining the exact same year after year.

The fight is really within you. Will you continue to just flow in the direction your life is going or will you change the course. Once you’ve determined, truly determined, in your heart that something is worth turning your world upside down to obtain- you will. Not a moment sooner. The power is in your hands or rather your decision. You are the catalyst. You are the deciding vote to what takes place over the next 300 something days of this year.

If you really want to change something in your life, you have to stop doing what we normally do. Have you ever noticed when anyone does something remarkable, like loose 100 pounds or pay off 50k in debt in one year, they drastically changed their habits. They cut and added things, they made themselves uncomfortable, they sacrificed just to reach their goal and they created very strict boundaries to live within. If you have a goal and it really matters to you, you will be willing to cut things out, live uncomfortable and sacrifice if needed. If this does not sound appealing to you, then quite honestly, that goal does not matter to you that much.

Entering a new year seems like you have such a long time to accomplish whatever goal you set forth. You can move at a snails pace because you have a long time to get that thing done, right? Nope, wrong. This year will fly by. Do you remember getting to last December and suddenly everyone started talking about how they couldn’t believe the year was almost over. There was a sadness or sameness for many, because they were leaving yet another year the exact same way with the exception of being one year older.

Respect Time my friend because it’s fleeting. If we honor time then we’ll get busy and stay focused. I mean we are already into the third week of 52 weeks. There is something that you should/could be accomplishing this year in your life. And I promise you if you don’t accomplish that thing, whatever “it” may be, it will not get easier next year because you’ll have something new to tackle. When we leave things unaccomplished and then decide to do it later, it’s more difficult and takes way more effort. Think about working a real full-time job and going to college. (Been there, done that and it was hard!) It’s so much harder doing things out of their season. Flow with the season you are in to prepare for the next season in your life. There is a scripture that says not to put off tomorrow what we can do today, because tomorrow is not promised.  The opportunity to do that thing (whatever it may be) is not promised to you tomorrow. Next year is not promised to any of us, so let’s make all the days of 2016 count for something other than simply existing.

Have you every put on a dress you use to love and suddenly it’s too tight. It use to hug you in the right places and now it simply suffocates you (hello holiday weight). This year I hope you have some areas that get “too tight” and you become uncomfortable enough to buy something new. I pray this year is a year of outgrowing the old and ordering something new, so that your joy is increased. New energy for a new year! Stay focused and motivated!