Updated: Feb 26, 2019
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” – Dr. Nido Qubein
It’s January 2019! As this year goes underway, I would like to encourage you, dear reader, to start strong. The dictionary defines the verb “start” as “to begin or set out; to appear or come suddenly into action; and to spring, move, or dart suddenly from a position or place.” To start this new year strong, I encourage you to spring into action and set out on becoming the best version of you there has ever been. That means leaving the characteristics that led to disappointment in 2018 and adopting traits that will advance us toward growth. This “Start Strong” encompasses acts such as striding towards the completion of your goals (financial, physical, spiritual, relationship) for this year. As optimistic as this approach to 2019 is, there will be times of turbulence.
When we prepare to encounter turbulence this year, remember why you made the decision to start strong. Remember the ambition that turbulence last year turned into passivism or the resilience that turbulence last year turned into fragility. Recall the state of mind that engulfed you towards the end of 2018 that sparked the idea of changing your reality to match that of your imagination.
As you recall into your consciousness the results of letting turbulence win last year, I encourage you not to let 2019 be a repeat of the same. Hardship and obstacles will come this year; however, it is up to us to decide which version of “you” will face those challenges. Remember your declaration to “start strong” and you will be surprised to see how much your results can match your mentality.
Job 8:7 (NKJV) reads, “Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly.”
2018 may have humbled you, but remember the charge placed upon you as we walk into 2019. The charge to look back on 2019 with a different perspective than that which you had in 2018. The charge to see the fruits of dedication, discipline, resilience, and commitment than that of procrastination, discouragement, negative thinking, or defeatism. The factor that will determine the perspective you will have at the end of this year, is the choice made at the beginning. I encourage you to make the decision, “start strong,” and get ready for the journey ahead.