Happy New Year!

Welcome back to what I believe is going to be a power 2017.

I trust you’ve had at least a few days to soak up some summer sun over this festive season, hang out with some great friends around the braai, and find some fresh inspiration for the year ahead.

I trust that somewhere in the midst of the celebrations and fun you were able to find that much needed place of rest and rejuvenation, and that you feel a sense of peace and excitement going into yet another year packed with possibility and potential.

I’ve gotta say that for the first time in a long time I’ve felt like we ended the year past with energy and excitement for the year to come. It’s not that I haven’t appreciated the ‘time-out’ with family and enjoyed the space to dream again, but I really have felt expectant for 2017 for some time now, and so I look forward to what it holds.

In talking to people around the town it seems a few more share my excitement, and so I’m going to choose to believe that it’s going to be an exceptional one!

Will you believe it with me?

Will you dream it with me?

I guess the thing that gets most of us at the start of every year is GOAL SETTING.

Yeah, I’m talking about those BHAG’s (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) that keep us engaged, at least for half the year, and then leave us stressed out for the other half. At least I know I’m talking to a bunch of people who set goals that are beyond imaginable and finish the year only to regret ever writing them down.

Don’t get me wrong; I think goal setting is key, and that stretching yourself in the goals you put before you is essential for any kind of growth worth celebrating … But I wanna take a moment to lay a case for a different kind of goal setting.

What if this year you focused your efforts on setting goals, first and foremost, around who you wish to be and not necessarily what it is you want to do?

What if your goal setting began with a good ol’ look within?

What kinda person would I like to be this year? What values do I wish to give utmost importance in my life, and how would I like to known by others this year?

You see, I believe it’s true that WHO WE ARE ALWAYS SHAPES WHAT WE DO!

Success begins on the inside.

I believe it’s true that the most important contribution we give to this world is birthed in the attitude of our hearts (who we are), not in the work of our hands (what we do).

In Ephesians 1:11 (MSG) we read it like this, “It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for … part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”

May I suggest that the person you become is more important than what you do.

So this year I challenge you to pay attention to your heart, and be the person God has created you to be.

Start there and you’ll be surprised at what you accomplish.

Here’s to a great year.

Be inspired.

Dyl

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