Happy New Year to you and yours. This is the prime time for a post because everyone is sitting around today trying to brainstorm resolutions… but I always wonder why it takes a new year for change and growth to be inspired.
New Years is always a bittersweet night for me. Obviously, there’s the refreshing and joyful feeling of a new year, but there is also a ‘damn, time is flying’ aspect to it, too. This can be an overwhelming stretch of time for people, even more so now considering how 2020 treated us. Right now, it feels like there is a great yearning in the air for everything to be better. So here’s how we make that happen.
For 2020, my word was “manifest”. My goals became to create, build, and manifest the goodness of people and faith. At that time I didn’t have any thoughts of even building this website, but was rather inspired by a sermon I had recently heard at years end that spoke of trying to manifest the goodness God shows us to the rest of the world. Something that we can all do better. This year, I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across this image:
What an incredible perspective. When I saw this, I immediately thought of my confusion about how a new year is what yields desire for people to change. Why can’t we be inspired by a new day? It’s the same exact concept just on a much smaller scale. My word for 2021 is ‘opportunity,’ and my overarching question is: Why aren’t we better at taking advantage of the realm of opportunity that each day itself brings?
Is it laziness? Is it unhappiness? Is it not being able to let go of hurt and pain, allowing negativity into multiple days? Is it lack of vision? Is it lack of faith? Is it impatience? Is it inconsistent or insufficient goal setting? Is it that voice in your head that says ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’?
For you, it could be any of those reasons, or none of them at all. Our reasons for taking the days we get for granted could vary between how you and I feel. But, take some time now, introspect, and find what it could possibly be for you before we look at what each of these 365 opportunities bring us.
First let’s look at the Super 8… with the ringing in of 2021, we each have 365 unique and fresh opportunities to…
- Start to form or continue a relationship with God
- Become stronger in faith
- Become more immersed in the power of prayer
- Grow closer to our families, and tend to them
- Open our minds to learn and be educated
- Sacrifice the little things that belittle our ambitions
- Become increasingly disciplined in necessary change
- Consistently be the best version of ourselves to maximize character
When breaking each day down and living in the moment, the Super 8 can still seem broad. The key to accomplishing even those values is within smaller steps that have to be built upon each other. Each day gives us an opportunity to do the following…
- Be thankful to wake up
- Set small goals that accumulate to big ones
- Fear God, but never fear man
- Fail, learn, and evolve
- Bask in the joy of success
- Put others before ourselves
- Ask questions, and listen before speaking
- Check in on others
- Meet new people and build relationships
- Love hard
- Forgive those who wrong us
At the end of each day, if you can put your head on your pillow and feel a sense of gratefulness for the day, combined with a sense of pride that you did everything within that day to the best of your ability, goodness will stack. And if not, be excited for the opportunity to feel gratefulness and pride the next night. In doing this, goals will be accomplished. Positive change will become apparent. The right people will surround you. You’ll slowly but surely live the Super 8.
If you need anywhere to start, any place to find inspiration, for any of your goals, go poke through the other posts on this site. I’m sure any of the 30 posts over the last 50 weeks will have something for you to apply to one of the 365 opportunities 2021 will bring you.
“Set a goal that today you must be better than yesterday.”
“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become now.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
It was a short and sweet one today because there’s a lot of room for you to apply yourself to the concepts I shared. This is just a formula, but you control the variables, and therefore ultimately the answer.
I’ll be back before January 17th to celebrate Super 8’s first birthday. Until then, embrace every opportunity that every new day brings. Stack your days to build an amazing year.
Cheers to 2021,