Preparing for the New Year is one of the best things you can do to enjoy a successful 2023. Each day of 2023 is a new beginning and the right time to prepare for them is now. Different people have specific traditions that they engage in to prepare for a New Year. However, as Christians, we can’t just stick to regular activities.
How then should you prepare for the New Year as a Christian? This post will show you some tips to guide you in preparing for the New Year.
Preparing for the New Year in Five Steps
Here are five important things that you must do when preparing for the New Year:
Ask for God’s guidance
As Christians, we must understand that God is our guide and anchor. Without Him, we have no direction and will keep moving around in circles. This is why the first step of preparing for the New Year involves seeking His guidance.
Several parts of the Bible tell us to “commit our ways to the Lord.” We have outlined some of them below:
- Proverbs 16:3 (ESV) – “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
- Psalms 37:5 (NKJV) – “Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”
- Proverbs 3:6 (BSB) – “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
- 1 Peter 5:7 (BSB) – “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
Spend time reading these scriptures and praying. You will see God show up with instructions telling you what to do in the New Year. Remember, Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Review the current year
As you spend time praying, you should also take some time to review the current year. Taking stock helps you to figure out what you did well and where you should make improvements. This step is necessary, especially when you have strong feelings of frustration or disappointment about the current year.
We never lose as Christians, we either win or learn. Write down your mistakes and failures for the current year, as well as your successes. Figure out where you went wrong and write down the improvements you should make. Don’t forget to celebrate your wins as doing this encourages you to do more in the New Year. You should not crossover without evaluating the current year.
Some of the parts of your life you should review include:
- Finances and financial habits.
- Career and personal development.
- Community and relationships.
- Health and fitness.
- Mental and emotional well-being.
Set goals for the New Year
Now that you have evaluated your current year, it’s time to set goals for the New Year. What do you want to achieve in 2023? The first step to setting goals is discovering your vision for the year. Write down a clear vision for 2023. You can name it “Vision 2023.” Note that you will need some alone time to set your goals so a retreat might come in handy.
After determining Vision 2023, the next action is to figure out how to achieve this vision. This means breaking down the vision into small, realistic, and achievable goals. You can set goals for each month that will lead you to ultimately achieving Vision 2023.
Set up a vision board
With your goals written down on paper, setting up a vision board draws you closer to achieving them. A vision board is simply a visual or graphic representation of the goals in your jotter. The board can be in any size or shape, depending on what you are comfortable with.
Make the board as artistic as you can so that you can be more motivated to look at it frequently. Ensure that Vision 2023 is the main focus of your board, then you can have your goals around the focal point. Place the board at a vantage position in your home or office. This way, you get a reminder of your vision and goals each time you walk by.
You have been working so hard all through 2022. While preparing for the New Year, one thing that you must do is take some time off to rest. Rest will help you get refreshed, renew your strength, and prepare you to go again.
That’s it for preparing for the New Year. Feel free to drop other things you can do to prepare for Vison 2023 in the comments section. Kindly visit GodKulture to check out other inspirational articles.