What will you do to ensure your success in 2018!
December 18, 2017
Loren C. Due, PhD, DMin
There are five things I want you to consider for 2018 to ensure your success. The five concepts for this article are:
- Spirituality plan
- General plans
- Body and health plan
- Family plan
- Educational plan
You may have more plans to include to your overall plan and if you do be sure to spend the quality time writing out your additional plans.
The reason I suggest you start with your spirituality plan first is because I believe we are spirits first and must put everything in place to ensure the quality of our spiritual success. This scripture supports the importance of the spirit: 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV) 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The word spirit is in bold letters to stress the significant of spirit being the first component that we are made up to be. We are a spirit we live in a body and have a soul which was breathed into us to become living souls.
The key ingredients in the spirituality plan include setting aside time for daily prayer and devotion, reading a portion of scripture each day since it is our spiritual food, setting time aside to attend church service weekly and reciting daily from your own Confession of Faith compiled by direction of the Holy Spirit.
Your general plan looks at all aspects of your life that are not mentioned in the other four categories. The general plan considers your work, vacations, friends, shopping, entertainment, transportation and everything else not mentioned elsewhere. You want to write out in as much detail as possible your plans and then be sure to track it. When you write it out it gives you something concrete to measure yourself against. Remember you are only competing against yourself. If you are one that is competitive the written plan will give you something to write out so you can track your success.
The body and health plan is important because it is really only you who must be sure you are taking care of yourself. I know you should see your doctor at least once a year for an annual checkup or maybe every other year, but you must follow a plan that takes care of all the aspects of your body and health.
You want to have a good diet and make sure you are sleeping the necessary hours a night to be healthy. In this category about your body and health you can use the internet to do the research that relates to you for more detail information. If you do not have the internet then go to the library or have someone look up the information for you.
The family plan is critically important if you are married or single because it relates to how you handle your family life. If you are single you will not put too much stock in this other than making sure you have a good understanding about yourself to determine when you want to make yourself available if you are a female and if you are male you want to know that you have done whatever it is you need to do before becoming engaged and married.
I believe it is the man who finds the wife which is old fashion to some. I utilize the scripture for support to my thought process: Proverbs 18:22 (KJV) 22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. Today the thinking is by some women who are more aggressive to find their own husband. You must decide if you want the Lord to bless you or you bless yourself.
If you are already married then the family plan is between you and your spouse how you deal with each other and how you treat and accept your in-laws. Families are tricky and there needs to be a conscientious plan discussed in detail about family relations. One key thought for you is be aware that some families like to get into your business. You have to decide up front how much of your personal business you want to share; maybe none!
You might want to be sure and have your family business reviewed with a professional periodically to be sure you are well protected for life, health, fire, auto and home insurance; and any other key item that could jeopardize your financial, safety and security interest.
The following thoughts are for your education plan: Hopefully you were able to complete high school and attend college or a vocational school. If you haven’t you should consider getting a GED or its equivalent. If you have completed college then you may want to consider what things you want to do to keep your brain stimulated so as to avoid early Alzheimer’s disease or symptoms. It is imperative to find activities that help you to keep you mind/brain stimulated.
If you did not finish college you might want to consider how to complete it. Finishing college is essential because it shows you that you can complete something and keep your mind/brain active.
The educational plan is important because the world is always improving and changing. If you want to get the most out of your time on the planet you want to be sure to know how to do and use the latest equipment and technology even if you don’t buy the latest and greatest.
This is probably not the planning you were expecting but it is the plan I want to share this year to stimulate you to do planning for yourself. “The person you know is better than the person you don’t know!” Know yourself. Love yourself and others.
This plan is not exhaustive but there are many plans and thoughts on the internet if you want to get something more detailed and concrete. Go for it!
As you do your planning be sure to seek the Lord for direction as mention in this scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. If you allow the Holy Spirit to direct you the journey will be sweet. Please understand that in all our lives there are test, trials and tribulation on the journey but when you trust the Lord He will bring out in victory.
Are you ready for your success in 2018?