Do you review and revise your personal growth at the end of the year?
Would it show all your flaws and failures. Or would it show all the things you have accomplished? Will it show all the best laid plans that were never nothing but a good idea? Or will you beat yourself up? Let’s be honest and take time to reflect. Do a stock count of how well we set out at the start of the year and where we are right now.
The thing I love most about my faith journey, is the hope that Christ gives us. To keep trying and though at times we stumble and fall, there is grace for us to keep moving forward.
Why is it important to review your personal growth regularly?
To trigger this as a long term habit, as you start, try reviewing your personal growth on a weekly basis. When you are comfortable with a new system, you can do this monthly or quarterly. A review helps you recognise your strengths and weaknesses. Then allows you to build up or optimise each. God offers us hope for today, hope for tomorrow and hope for all of our yesterdays with each disappointment, trial, difficulties, tragedies, pain and struggles. The important part is to not get stuck there, but figure a way to move forward.
I remember reading a blog at the start of 2014, getting exicted and encouraged, I decided to find a verse to become my footlight or beacon for this year. So, as I pause and reflect on the disappointments, the difficulties, the ups and downs of 2014. In turn, I recall the many times throughout this year I have turned to this verse.. At times I have felt inadequate and insufficient, but only through God’s grace have I held on. Because His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24) and I rely on His thoughts towards me to bring me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) away from all the hurts from the past.
What are your reflections from the past year?
Development is a progressive, constant learning process that happens through trial and error. You might not get it right the first time, but that doesn’t mean you should stop or give up. So, as 2014 closes I ponder on the verse I chose as my footlight for this past year (Revelation 1:18)
- There is hope beyond what I have or have not achieved this year.
- There is a second chance to try again in 2015.
- There is an eternal perspective beyond what happens in my life or how I feel or what I see right now.
- God is your hope and you can trust Him (Psalm 71:5), even if you don’t have any healthy relationships right now. Start building interpersonal skills that can improve your life and help your relationships in the future.
- Even if you are losing heart, remember that the afflications you experience right now is nothing in comparision to the eternal weight of glory if you believe in God (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Don’t allow the stress of your current situation weigh you down. Find ways to destress, reduce stress and possibly eliminate sources of stress in your life.
- Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation and constantly pray (Romans 12:12). Challenge yourself to learn and discover ways to be healthy, even if your situation is tough. So that you are more equipped to handle every challenge life throws your way.
- God will wipe away every tear from our eyes, there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things will be gone forever (Revelation 21:4). Though every day may seem dark or bleak, there is hope on the otherside of every tragic event in our lives. If you digger deeper, in time, you will find meaningful solutions to all the questions you ask.
There is peace when we surrender every hard emotion to God. In parallel with slowly finding ways to be healthier, stress less and keep growing, even if life has slapped us in the face or blasted us against a wall. You are already making it through another day and at the same time building resilience to recover and emerge from any tragedy or difficulty with a healthier emotional and mental state of mind. While you develop emotional intelligence, self-awareness and coping strategies to any indirect or direct impact on your life. I encourage you to keep your hope lantern lit. I have and though I still have so many questions, I know God is helping me to grow and learn, rather than snap or break under the pressure.
Share your thoughts…
How will you develop resilience to keep going and growing to improve your self-development in the new year?