During this season of reflection, many people ponder the question, “Where am I today?” Some review the year past and think, “Wow! What a great year,” while others eagerly look forward to the next year, with anticipation of better times.
Some years ago, during my period of reflection, I read an editor’s magazine note which asked the question, “Where are you today?” The author went on to describe how many people are in exactly the same place they were one, five, ten and even fifteen years prior? Each year, we make resolutions to change among other things; finances, weight, diets, careers and situations. Some succeed, and others retreat back into the routines that have stalled their progress for many years.
The editor called for readers to make a commitment to move out of situations that keep them in bondage. Truthfully, the article resonated with me because it was during a period in my life when I was stuck. I felt my business was not growing. I was losing my creativity and I lived in a city where opportunities came in the form of being accepted by the right cliché. I was the person the editor was speaking to, but I knew I could not remain in the situation another year. At that defining moment, I made a resolution to resolve the issues that had not changed in a few years, so that I could move from bondage to freedom.
Resolutions are important to people and most are sincere about making a commitment to change. I conclude the reason many do not succeed beyond the first few months is the difficulty in leaving your comfort zone. Transitioning to live outside your comfort zone requires that you submit to making a difference in your life. A difference maker can meet a need in spite of the condition. A difference maker does not give in to the situation, whether it is losing weight, reducing debt or leaving a negative situation. A difference maker develops a plan, takes actions to improve, increase and progress. A difference maker realizes the goal may not be reached in one month, six months or even a year, but remains focused on achieving divine order in their life.
Reflection is a great way to begin a renewal process. If you are honest with yourself during reflection times, you can envision the direction and path needed to elevate your growth. The good news is opportunity awaits you and the door only closes if you don’t act.