What does it all mean to start a new decade? A look forward and a look back. What are the things you most remember about 2019? The special days, special events and special people (kids, grand-kids, parents, friends, etc.). What are the things you most look forward to in 2020? Some goal setting? Make some wishes come true? 

One of my biggest risks and rewards of 2019 was to contact my birth family. Praying the excitement continues through 2020. 

I borrowed the following blog from Tim Elmore from GrowingLeaders.com. Also his newsletter is excellent! Sign up for it if you work with youth and young adults. 

Take some time and get completely alone and find a quiet place to reflect. During this time, think, pray and review the past year, making notes of your evaluations along the way. Ask yourself the following questions (or add some of your own).
  • What are my fondest memories of last year?
  • What were the “big projects” I completed during the year?
  • What were the defining moments during the last year?
  • What did I procrastinate on and fail to get done?
  • What books and mentors had the greatest impact on me? Why?
  • What were my biggest disappointments this past year?
  • Am I closer to my friends and family from my activities this year?
  • What will be my biggest goals as I move forward into next year?
  • Where did I neglect to live up to the standards I set for myself?
  • What am I committed to doing this next year, to fulfill my “Life Sentence?”
Answering these questions allows me to accomplish two objectives. First, it forces me to focus on the important things in my life and not get lost in the trivial ones. Second, it furnishes me with a platform to set goals for the new year.
If you don’t already have a “review plan,” give it a try.
Happy New Year from me to you!!

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